There’s a lot of myths out there about diet soda. Endocrinologist Hal Scofield has stepped up to expose one.

A study from the University of Illinois saw researchers “link” diet soda consumption to an increased intake of foods with cholesterol, fat, sodium and sugar - based on the fact that some people who eat more than they should drink diet soda.

Don’t blame the soda, points out Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist and endocrinologist Hal Scofield, M.D.

“It's really not the diet drinks … It's using a diet drink as an excuse,” said Scofield.

Published studies involving actual trials with human beings have shown that low- and no- calorie drinks can be a useful tool for people who are trying to manage their weight. But being active is an important component of achieving balance as well.

America’s beverage companies offer an array of no- and low-calorie options for people seeking to manage their weight. And there has never been any scientific proof that these drinks cause anyone to eat more. In fact, most diet beverages are 99% water.

We need to balance our entire diet, not just a small portion of it. The USDA has pointed out that we get only 6 percent of our total average calories from sugar-sweetened beverages. We need to balance all we eat and drink with physical activity. Educating people on good ways to do that is how it will happen.

The beverage industry is doing its part. We’ve made it our mission to arm consumers with facts to help them achieve the right balance for their lives through programs like Mixify™, Clear on Calories and our Balance Calories Initiative.

So drink up, America – just do so in moderation!  For more information on the benefits of diet beverages and the sweeteners in them, visit