DRINKING diet and low calorie drinks can be a saviour for many people who are trying to shed the pounds.
Fizzy drinks such as Diet Coke can make you feel as though you've had a treat while remaining in your calorie allowance for the day.
But what really happens to your body when you drink Diet Coke and should you incorporate it into your diet?
Studies have previously shown that drinking beverages like this with artificial sweeteners can increase your risk of gaining weight.
One study, published in the journal Current Atherosclerosis Reports, warned that they may be contributing to type 2 diabetes.
Low calorie sweeteners are used in place of sucrose, glucose and fructose and have an intense sweet flavour without the calories.
Artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) are also linked with increased risks of death and cardiovascular disease, and strokes and dementia among older people, but it is not clear why.
The Renegade Pharmacist states that after just ten minutes of drinking a low calorie drink, your taste buds are tricked and the enamel on your teeth is attacked.
The acid attacks your teeth and experts say that this helps chip away at the enamel on the surface.
As well as this, artificial sweeteners included in the drink such as aspartame trick your body into thinking it has just consumed sugar and needs to process it.
But one expert has slammed these claims and said that the assumption that diet drinks are bad is "born out of the nutrition industry’s innate ability to ignore science and spread pseudoscientific pandemonium."
Graeme Tomlinson, also known as the Fitness Chef, said: "Zero calorie drinks are neither good or bad.
"Their value is dependent on it’s moderate contribution to a nutrient dense, energy controlled diet."
The Renegade Pharmacist also claimed that within 20 minutes of consuming Diet Coke your body switches on it's "fat storage mode".
It highlights studies from The Nurses' Health Study, which states that people who drink it are at a higher risk of high blood pressure and type two diabetes.
Mr Tomlinson however said: "Diet Coke contains no sugar therefore there is no insulin response".
He also said that these drinks have a significantly lower calorie count in comparison to some smoothies.
Many people have previously reported that they have become addicted to Diet Coke.
The Renegade Pharmacist warns that the ingredients in the drink work the same way as cocaine does.
They claim that the combination of caffeine and aspartame leads to a similar short term high.
They claim that excitotoxins released could exhaust your brain and overstimulate it – if the drink is consumed on a regular basis.
Mr Tomlinson however claimed that the drink could be a "useful fat loss aid".
After an hour, experts say drinks such as Diet Coke can make you feel more hungry and thirsty than you were before.
They claim that these drinks actually dehydrate you and can leave you feeling irritable.
They also claim that the small amount of satisfaction you get from the initial drink could lead you to further crave sweet and sugary treats.
Mr Tomlinson added: "A dated study conducted on rats suggested a possible link to blood cancers, but link is not cause and rats are not humans.
"Nonetheless, in 2013 a meta analysis dispelled any carcinogenic effect in rodents. In 2015 a systematic review by (Mishra et al) concluded no link across 599,741 humans."
He also said that the claim that "diet drinks destroy gut health and cause disease" can be countered.
He said the fact that only extreme consumption of around 20 cans a day over time would lead to an impact on gut health.
The Sun has contacted a representative from the Coca Cola Company.
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