Stephen adds that he drinks around 15 cans a day and opens his first can the minute he wakes up at 7.30am.
‘Some people start the day with a coffee. I need a Diet Coke,’ he told Metro. ‘If I could have it on a drip, I would. I keep a short supply in my backpack, more in the fridge at work and at home. I plan ahead and I generally always have a can or bottle in my hand.’
Metro also spoke to fellow ‘addict Rebecca Kerr, who knocks back about a litre of Diet Coke a day.
‘I constantly need to have a supply of it,’ the 25-year-old told Metro ‘It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. If I run out, I need to go to the shop and get some. ‘I take a glass of Diet Coke to bed with me every night. I just feel terrible and unwell if I go without it for a day.’
Another fan Laura Starck says she has around six cans a day and can’t go without Diet Coke.
‘As a child, I wasn’t allowed full fat drinks and when I became a working adult and sorted by own lunches, the ‘addiction’ really began,’ the 24-year-old told Metro. ‘I keep 30 cans in the boot of my car so I have some all the time.’
But is it bad for you? While there have been reports that the artificial sweetener in Diet Coke has been linked to brain tumours, that research has been dismissed by some large health bodies as having ‘no reliable scientific evidence.’ However some health professionals say the sweetener may play a role in weight gain and obesity.
‘With a belief that you have saved calories on diet drinks, some may feel they can afford themselves a splurge on unhealthy foods for example,’ nutritionist and author Rhiannon Lambert told Metro. ‘In my experience, a healthy relationship with food and drink is key to minimising any such issues.’
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