It's a common belief that artificially sweetened soft drinks are a good alternative to sugar sweetened ones. They are usually promoted as diet soft drinks, and people with Diabetes may also think it's okay to drink this, because they don't contain regular sugar.The reviewed research is interesting because it compared regular sugar sweetened beverages with artificially sweetened ones, investigating the risk of type 2 diabetes (Fagherazzi G. et.al., 2013). A total of 66.118 women were followed from 1993.The women who were in the highest quartiles of consumption of both beverages were at increased risk of type II diabetes. The artificially sweetened beverages were not any better at all.Other studies have shown that people who drink artificially sweetened soft drinks don't lose any more weight either. If you want something sparkly, try sparkling water instead.