President Donald Trump drinks a complete lot of Diet Coke, where based on the New York Timeshis daily consumption contains as many as twelve ounce cans of the artificially-sweetened, zero-calorie carbonated beverage.
That report has sent CNN into a frenzywhere the cable news channel prioritized that story over the story of the attempted terrorist pipe bomb attack in New York City’s subway in its televised broadcasts on the same day. But since that story raised questions about President Trump’s health, where the effects of that high level of Diet Coke consumption were called into question apparently.
The Washington Post was sucked into the whole story, providing a general overview of what the medical profession knows about the potential health-related risks that might arise from drinking that many cans of diet soda a day, and came with not much insight away. View Cartoon “It’s a lot of soda to consume in one day, and – were it regular soda – most research suggests the potential consequences would be alarming. A ounce can of regular Coke has calories and 39 grams of sugar.
By drinking Diet Coke, which has no sugar or calories, Trump has avoided consuming 1, grams and calories of sugar daily. Experimental research on artificial sweeteners, like the types found in diet soda, is inconclusive. The Canadian Medical Association Journal found in July that there are extremely few randomly managed studies on artificial sweeteners – just seven trials involving only about 1, people – that looked at what happened when people consumed artificial sweeteners for more than six months.
That gives us enough information to be able to estimate how many cans of Diet Coke that President Trump, or for that matter, anybody, per day to keep a low risk of adverse health effects can safely drink.
So we have! In the following tool, we’ve used Diet Coke specific data to estimate the number of ounce cans of that beverage that you might get away with drinking each day, but you are welcome to change the data to consider whatever beverage containing caffeine or aspartame you might consider drinking to work out how many units per day that you can consume within the FDA’s acceptable daily intake levels.
If you’re accessing this article on a site that republishes our RSS news feedplease click here to access a working version of the tool on our site. Using the tool, with the default data body weight set to be equal to what President Trump was reported to weigh at this writing in Decemberwe find that while President Trump could drink almost 30 cans of Diet Coke and stay under the FDA’s ADI guidelines for aspartame, his real daily limit is to drink the equivalent of no more than At the reported dozen cans of diet soda drunk per day, President Trump is falling within those limits for his body weight.
Playing with the tool, we find that if President Trump were to lose more than 31 pounds, he would need to reduce his daily diet soda consumption to stay within the FDA’s safe limits for daily caffeine intake. As they say, it is the dose that makes the poison for any ingestible substance. Things like the concentration of ingredients within the substance being consumed and the size of the person doing the ingesting are just two of the factors that can affect the determination of what is an okay amount of consumption of any substance for an individual.
Speaking of which, the biggest factor that we haven’t considered with this tool is whether diet soda is your only source for your daily caffeine and aspartame intake. The extent to which you might be ingesting additional caffeine or aspartame through other foods, beverages, medicines, etc.
If you don’t know that extent, we would argue that it would be prudent to considerably dial back on your diet soda consumption to make sure that you don’t accidentally run into the situation where you experience any of the adverse health effects that are the reason for why the ADI guidelines exist in the first place.