Thanks be to Lone Coyote for reminding my of an article I had read last week and wanted to post about.
I’ve always been one of those people who refused to drink “diet” sodas. Partly because I had a fear that I’d be branded effeminate, like a guy seen drinking Tab, I steered clear of them. Another part of me, especially when I was in middle school science and my teacher went on a rant about the fact that the body still reacts to the fake sugar like real sugar, knew that they weren’t anymore healthy than a regular drink. The fact that many fat people I've known will eat like crazy, but say they're on a diet because they're drinking Diet Coke also dissuaded me.
Some researchers seem to believe this as well, as I read about from this article. So I guess my crazy ol’ teacher and Diet Dr. Pepper are right – there’s nothing diet about it.