Well, I'm still refined sugar free. That's now 6 years and counting........
I think the jury is still out on whether being a fat sugar drinker is worse for you than being a normal-weight diet drinker, with the evidence somewhat trending towards the former. Neither is the preferred alternative by a mile. If you want to drink a soda occasionally as a treat I'd recommend the sugar version because artificial sweeteners taste disgusting.My impression is artificial sweetners are still bad you.