The data is very confusing about artificial sweeteners.
What is clear is that obese people drink far more diet soda than others. Is this a sign simply of trying to diet, or do the additives actually increase one’s appetite?? Indeed, artificial sweetener use and obesity have increased in lockstep fashion (see the graph below).
I drink green tea instead. Every day. I stop before dinner so that the caffeine doesn’t keep me from sleeping. Click to read about the many benefits of green tea.
Click the 2 articles below if you wish to read more about this; they’re both technical, the 2nd more so: