Drinking diet is worse than regular

It says "diet" right in the name... so can you blame the millions of people who drink "diet" soda for thinking they've made a healthier choice? I have to wonder if these people aware of the dangers of diet soda they are putting in their body.

It's not a healthier choice. It's not even a "diet" choice since these drinks won't help you to lose weight. And in addition to not shrinking your waistline, the dangers of diet soda can actually increase your risk of diabetes, even if you don't drink it every day.

Just three 16-ounce bottles a week can increase your risk of this disease by nearly 60 percent, according to a new study out of France.

Less diet soda comes with less risk, but not zero risk (despite the "zero" in the names of some of these drinks). A single 16-ounce soda a week can increase your risk of the disease by 15 percent, according to the dangers of diet soda study on women tracked for 14 years.

This boost in risk isn't when compared to drinking no soda at all. It's when compared to drinking regular soda -- the non-diet, sugar-filled, high-calorie soda that's supposed to be the worse choice.

Looks like "worse" is a relative term.

On the one hand, you have the simplest of all simple sugars in soda -- whether it's plain sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, each of which will cause your blood sugar levels to surge and then plunge.

It's pretty much a recipe for diabetes as your pancreas struggles to keep up with the demand for insulin.

On the other hand, the chemical sweeteners in diet sodas -- especially aspartame -- can also cause spikes in blood glucose and insulin levels in some people.

In addition, people who eat or drink artificial sweeteners often crave even sweeter foods -- leading to even worse choices later on. That's one of the reasons diet soda drinkers consume more soda overall -- almost double the amount of the regular soda drinkers, according to the danger of diet soda study.

So don't bother trying to choose one over the other. They're both bad for you -- and the new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that any soda habit at all, diet or regular and just once a week, can increase your risk of diabetes by a third.

That's a risk you just don't have to take.

If you want to quench your thirst, stick to safer options -- starting with plain old water, seltzer, and tea.

That's what not to drink... keep reading for some common foods you shouldn't eat.