The proposed lawsuits allege, in part, the marketing of diet sodas by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Snapple group, the three largest U.S. makers of carbonated beverages, are "false, misleading and unlawful" to consumers.
Artificial sweeteners, according to doctors like Mercola, actually promote insulin resistance just like regular sugar. People thinking it is healthy may consume more than if they drank regular sodas. All sodas are bad. Let's not kid ourselves. The only way to lose weight is to ditch sodas and drink water or tea, but there's good news. Stevia, doesn't increase blood sugar levels and it's even sweeter tasting than sugar. It has zero calories. Doctor Mercola does usually recommend that people that have issues with insulin resistance avoid any sweetener. I've found that using a little stevia for my tea and even drinking stevia-sweetened sodas has no effect on my weight that I've found. Of course, I have a pretty strict diet, at least by the average American's standards. I dont really think my diet is that strict in this point in my life. It just seems like I'm eating real food vs cheap processed plastic foods.
If you have to have sodas I recommend trying Zevia. I wouldn't drink more than one or two a day. Just add it to your other drinks such as teas and water to give yourself some variety. I drink it all the time and it hasn't bothered me at all as compared to regular sodas that cause me weight gain and tons of inflammation. I will never go back to regular sodas again.
But be smart about it. It's a good idea not to overdo anything. Too much of even unsweetened tea can create issues. Over drinking stevia sodas could be bad for your teeth due to the carbonation. So don't let this replace water in your life. In fact, I'd wash it down with water shortly after drinking a can. Just in case.