Most diet sodas are sweetened with aspartame as opposed to sugar. They sweetener does not have any calories, and therefore is very popular in the diet industry. It is commonly known as “NutraSweet”. The product is made from two amino acids and has not been proven to cause harm during normal pregnancy as long as only one drink or less is consumed per day. While pregnant, it is important to be drinking water, milk, and fruit juices as they provide nutrients that soda cannot.
The real danger of diet soda lies in phenylalanine, a protein that is part of aspartame. Women suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot metabolize the amino acid phenylalanine. Therefore, they are at risk of damaging the fetus if they consume diet drinks. However, if you do not suffer from PKU, it is okay to drink limited soda with aspartame while pregnant.
Although not as popular as aspartame, some diet drinks are sweetened with saccharin. It is often marketed under the label Sweet N’ Low and comes in little pink packets. This should be avoided while pregnant. Studies have found that this product can lead to cause abnormal fetal development, birth defects, and cancer in rodents.
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