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A 43-year-old member asked:

are diet sodas worse than regular sodas for your health?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes : Soda contains corrosive acids such as citric, malic, tartaric carbonic or phosphoric which, can remove calcium from tooth enamel. Without protection from the dental enamel, the tissue underneath is susceptible to cavities, root canals & even extractions. Sugar causes cavities, consider rinsing your mouth after drinking soda. Best to avoid diet soda due to other health issues. Water is best for you.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Seriopusly. As bad for the teeth, but better from an obesity perspective, as I state!
Jun 3, 2013
Dr. Reid Winick
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: They are just as acidic an make you hungry.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not as bad!: From tooth enamel-just as bad. From a weight perspective, much better. Diet drinks can fool the brain into making you feel hungry, but they contain no sugar, nor do they increase Insulin production like non-diet. They also do not cause a sugar burn-and crash phenomena which really drives hunger. They should be drunk at a minimum. The sodas with phosphoric acid (coke.Dr. Pepper) bad for teeth!
Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine 33 years experience
No: Sodas are probably the same diet or not. The key is not to overdo.

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