HEALTH TIP: Even though diet sodas have ZERO calories, the artificial sweeteners (like Aspartame) tend to trigger more communication in the brain’s “pleasure center” while not providing the brain with actual satisfaction. Since your brain is not satisfied, the result is that you will crave MORE sugar, MORE carbs, and MORE calories. Result: Diet sodas will make you FAT! A recent 10 year study at the University of Texas showed that people who drink 2 or more diet sodas per day had a 500% greater increase in waist size (compared to non-diet soda drinkers)! So, not only is Aspartame (formerly on a Pentagon list of biowarfare chemicals – until the FDA approved it for our food) an excitotoxin, which means that it excites brain cells to death, and not only does it cause brain tumors, strokes, heart attacks, skin disorders, and seizures, but now we have proof that it actually makes you fatter! If you absolutely must have a “soda”, try making your own with club soda and fruit juice.