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Question: Which is better for you diet soda or flavored water and why? Tammy

Answer: Dear Tammy,

Both diet soda and flavored water contain artificial sweeteners. Different brands may use different ingredients.

A common ingredient used in diet sodas that replaces sugar is aspartame. Aspartame is made up of two aminoacids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Phenylalanine can increase blood pressure when taken with antidepressants.

Artificial sweeteners are considered safe.

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