The Reading / Listening - Diet Soda - Level 0

People think diet soda is healthier than fizzy drinks. A new study says it can be as bad for our heart. Researchers said people should not drink diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks. A heart doctor said it is "fake news" that artificial sweeteners are better than sugar. Sweeteners are linked to weight gain and diabetes.



The researchers studies 100,000 people. They recorded their diet, activity level, and health status. The data showed that artificially sweetened drinks led to a risk of heart disease. A doctor said, "water and more water should be the drink of choice" for children. He said children should not have soda as it causes obesity.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Diet Soda - Level 1 Diet Soda - Level 2   or  Diet Soda - Level 3

Sources
    https://www.healthline.com/health-news/diet-soda-no-better-than-regular-soda-for-heart-health#The-bottom-line https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-artificially-sweetened-heart-healthier-sugary.html https://metro.co.uk/2020/10/28/diet-drinks-may-be-just-as-bad-for-your-heart-as-sugary-ones-13492832/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. healthier than fizzy
  2. bad for our
  3. people should not
  4. artificially
  5. A heart
  6. fake
  7. sweeteners are better
  8. sweeteners are linked
  1. heart
  2. news
  3. sweetened drinks
  4. to weight gain
  5. drink diet sodas
  6. doctor
  7. drinks
  8. than sugar

Paragraph 2

  1. The researchers studied 100,000
  2. activity
  3. health
  4. artificially
  5. a risk of heart
  6. water should be the
  7. He said children should
  8. it causes
  1. drink of choice
  2. status
  3. obesity
  4. level
  5. sweetened drinks
  6. not have soda
  7. disease
  8. people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People think diet (1) ___________________ than fizzy drinks. A new study says it can (2) ___________________ for our heart. Researchers said people (3) ___________________ diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks. A (4) ___________________ it is "fake news" that artificial sweeteners (5) ___________________ sugar. Sweeteners are linked to (6) ___________________ diabetes.

The researchers studied 100,000 people. (7) ___________________ diet, activity level, (8) ___________________. The data showed that artificially sweetened drinks (9) ___________________ risk of heart disease. A doctor said, "water and more (10) ___________________ the drink of (11) ___________________. He said children should not have soda as (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplethinkdietsodaishealthierthanfizzydrinks.Anewstudysaysitcan
beasbadforourheart.Researcherssaidpeopleshouldnotdrinkdietsod
asandotherartificiallysweeteneddrinks,Aheartdoctorsaiditis"fakene
ws"thatartificialsweetenersarebetterthansugar.Sweetenersarelink
edtoweightgainanddiabetes.Theresearchersstudies100,000people.
Theyrecordedtheirdiet,activitylevel,andhealthstatus.Thedatashowe
dthatartificiallysweeteneddrinksledtoariskofheartdisease.Adoctors
aid,"waterandmorewatershouldbethedrinkofchoice"forchildren.Hes
aidchildrenshouldnothavesodaasitcausesobesity.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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