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Is diet soda worse than regular soda?

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A new study suggests diet soda could do more harm than good, but not everyone agrees.

"I drink regular," said Meghan Helm.

"I drink regular," said Brian Rhodes

"I drink Dr. Pepper, pretty good," said Deven Brandes.

These soda drinkers already sip on regular sods over diet.

"’Cause I don't like the taste of diet,” said Rhodes.

"No I don't like diet at all, it's got a funky taste, that right there is pretty good," said Brandes.

"I don't like the taste of the fake sugar in the diet soda; I think it just doesn’t taste right," said Helm.

But it might not be the taste soda drinkers need to worry about.

A new report from Purdue researchers said diet soda could actually do more harm than good. It said artificial sweeteners can fill a craving without the calories, but might ultimately mess up the body’s abilities to process real sugar and regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.

"If it's artificial, I don't see how it's good for you," said Helm.

"Ultimately, I was shocked," said Korey King.

King said his family doesn’t fill up their cup with diet soda anymore.

"The diet soda thing really shocked me because I thought diet soda was actually healthier than regular soda," said King.

Julie Tipton said she gave up soda all together.

“Did a little research on diet soda, and I think it's worse than the actual sugared soda," said Tipton.

But before you skip your diet drink, experts say be wary.

Candice O’Hare, a registered dietitian with Saint Francis Medical Center said it’s not a scientific study.

"They're not saying artificial sweeteners is causing this, it's more of an association," said O’Hare.

O’Hare said it’s important to look at the big picture.

"What is it that you're choosing that has artificial sweeteners in it. Is it diet soda, what's that replacing, could it be water, is it milk?" said O’Hare.

While it’s not clear if diet soda is all bad, the study still might be a good wake up call for those in need of an afternoon pick-me up.

"I think it is good to kind of look and see what is it that we're drinking," said O’Hare.

You can read the report here.

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