Earlier today, I told you the sad truth that your beloved, spicy sauce, Sriracha, is actually pretty bad for you.
If that disturbing news put a serious damper on your day, you might want to look away because things are about to get even worse.
It turns out your days of drinking Diet Coke could be seriously numbered.
I repeat, this is not a drill. Diet Coke is on the brink of extinction, so our lives are all basically ruined.
Apparently, a company that analyzes consumer habits, Engagement Labs, found a lot of people have shifted their focus to regular soda instead of diet soda.
Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but if diet soda continues to plummet in popularity, soda manufacturers might discontinue your beloved diet drinks.
When it comes to diet soda's demise, there are a few factors at play.
First of all, diet soda contains a lot of artificial sweeteners, which have received a good deal of negative attention because research has found a link between these zero-calorie sweeteners and obesity.
According to Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD,
One plausible reason is that artificial sweeteners will trigger the part of the brain that craves sugar, without providing the true sweet nutrient, and therefore they do not satisfy the cravings, leading us to consume more.
If that's not bad enough, the "clean eating" trend has also encouraged a lot of people to ditch the fizzy drinks for some healthier sips, like water.
But before you spiral into a Diet Coke-induced panic, take a deep breath and calm down.
Your beloved drink isn't disappearing into oblivion just yet, so there's no need to empty your bank account and buy a diet soda doomsday bunker, filled with a lifetime supply of Coke Zero.
But hey, it never hurts to slowly start stockpiling this stuff, just in case there is a diet-soda dry spell in the future.