Our expert says:
You need to discuss this issue in depth with your own dietitian. However, the problem with any of these cold drinks as your dietitian said, is that it is not really the non-nutritive sweetener that is problematic when used in moderate quantities, but the other artificial ingredients that are used. There is some evidence that the cola-type cold drinks do have a high content of phosphates that could affect your calcium intake. Her suggestion that you use home-brewed rooibos tea and 1/4 fruit juice is good. If you have 4 glasses of the mixture you would in total have a glass of fruit juice per day which would not increase your energy intake too much (i.e. 250 ml of apple juice would provide about 500 kJ which represents approx. 8,8% of your daily energy intake which is not excessive.
At the end of the day, we as dietitians can only give patients advice and it is up to them if they want or can follow the advice.
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