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President's Rx: November 8, 2013

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Diet soda may not contain calories, but new research shows your favorite carbonated drinks may contain ingredients that could affect your long-term health. This week, Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell tells us why water is still the healthiest beverage choice.

Today, sugar drinks, including soda, are a major source of added sugars in the American diet. New studies reveal even diet sodas may have a negative impact on your health.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1/5 of the U.S. population consumed diet drinks, including calorie-free and low-calorie versions of sodas, sports drinks, and carbonated water on a given day in 2009 and 2010.

Although they don't contain the empty calories, diet sodas are full of artificial sweeteners that researchers suspect may be linked to excess body fat and hormone deficiencies.

In addition, diet sodas contain phosphoric acid, which can lead to other problematic things like osteoporosis.

All aluminum soda cans are lined with bisphenol A (BPA), which is has been linked to infertility to obesity. This information is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The healthiest diet drink is plain old water. Besides keeping the body hydrated and energized, drinking water can also help control calories, improve kidney and bowel function and keep the skin looking good.

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