Diet soda hit the market in 1962, when Diet Dr. Pepper was released–and subsequently flopped. The following year, The Coca-Cola Company gave us TaB, marketed to consumers (read: women) who were trying to “keep tabs” on their weight. TaB was the best-selling soft drink on the market by 1982, but its popularity took a tragic nosedive with the introduction of Diet Coke in 1983. Diet Coke remains the most popular diet soft drink and the second most popular soda in the country, coming in on the heels of regular Coke.
According to the American Journal of Public Health, about 20 percent of American adults consume diet beverages, many of them in the belief that diet soda is healthier than sweetened versions. Unfortunately for diet soda die-hards, this is proving to be a costly fallacy in terms of health and weight. The truth is, diet soda may be