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What you need to know about diet soda

A federal lawsuit launched against several diet soda companies has many confused about what to eat and drink when trying to lose weight. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A federal lawsuit launched against several diet soda companies has many confused about what to eat and drink when trying to lose weight.

This lawsuit takes on how diet soda is marketed, but when it comes to diet soda, a recent report from dietitians at the Cleveland Clinic say there's a few things you should know when you make the choice about whether or not you want to drink soda, whether it's regular or diet.

Dietitians at the Cleveland Clinic say diet soda can help reduce sugar intake in the diet. A typical soft drink has at least nine teaspoons of sugar per can.

Diet soda does not contain any sugar, however it's not considered a health food. That's because it does not have a lot of other nutrition compared to a glass of milk or juice.

While there's been a lot of controversy about the sweetener aspartame in some diet sodas, the Calorie Control Council, which backs the diet soda industry, says that aspartame is one of the "most thoroughly studied food food ingredients ever" and tests show "it's safe."

Since everything from activity levels to genetics and diet can play a role in weight, if you have questions about what to eat or drink , Cleveland Clinic obesity specialists say it's suggested you see a registered dietitian or health care provider to set up a personal eating plan based on your personal health risks.

So what that means is, if you have a high risk for diabetes, you might have different recommendations than a person who does not.

Everything is benefit versus risk, so if weight or blood sugars puts your health in danger, you might make a different choice about diet soda than another person who chooses to drink regular soda.

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