The Reading / Listening - Diet Soda - Level 1

People think diet sodas are healthier than fizzy drinks. A new study says diet sodas can be as bad for our heart as sugar-filled fizzy drinks. Researchers said people should avoid diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks because artificial sweeteners in diet drinks are not healthy. A heart specialist said the idea that artificial sweeteners are a substitute for sugar is "fake news". He added that sweeteners are linked to weight gain and diabetes.



The research is in a cardiology journal. It looked at data from 100,000 people. The people recorded their diet, activity level, and health status. The researchers said artificially sweetened drinks led to a higher risk of heart disease. They added: "Water, water, and more water should be the [drink] of choice. Given childhood obesity, no sweetened or artificially sweetened beverage should be...in children's diets."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Diet Soda - Level 0 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. as bad for our
  2. people should
  3. other artificially
  4. diet
  5. A heart
  6. a substitute
  7. fake
  8. weight
  1. drinks
  2. gain
  3. heart as sugar
  4. news
  5. avoid diet sodas
  6. specialist
  7. sweetened drinks
  8. for sugar

Paragraph 2

  1. a cardiology
  2. The people recorded
  3. activity
  4. health
  5. a higher risk of heart
  6. water should be the drink
  7. artificially
  8. in children's
  1. status
  2. journal
  3. diets
  4. of choice
  5. sweetened beverage
  6. level
  7. their diet
  8. disease

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People think diet sodas are healthier (1) ___________________. A new study says diet sodas can be (2) ___________________ our heart as sugar-(3) ___________________. Researchers said people should avoid diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks because artificial sweeteners in diet drinks (4) ___________________. A heart specialist said the idea that artificial sweeteners (5) ___________________ for sugar is "fake news". He added that sweeteners are linked (6) ___________________ and diabetes.

The research is in a cardiology journal. It (7) _________________ from 100,000 people. The people recorded their diet, activity level, (8) ___________________. The researchers said artificially sweetened drinks led to (9) ___________________ of heart disease. They added: "Water, water, and more water should be the (10) ___________________. Given childhood (11) ___________________ or artificially sweetened beverage should be... (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplethinkdietsodasarehealthierthanfizzydrinks.Anewstudysaysdi
etsodascanbeasbadforourheartassugar-filledfizzydrinks.Researche
rssaidpeopleshouldavoiddietsodasandotherartificiallysweeteneddri
nksbecauseartificialsweetenersindietdrinksarenothealthy.Aheartsp
ecialistsaidtheideathatartificialsweetenersareasubstituteforsugaris
"fakenews".Headdedthatsweetenersarelinkedtoweightgainanddiab
etes.Theresearchisinacardiologyjournal.Itlookedatdatafrom100,00
0people.Thepeoplerecordedtheirdiet,activitylevel,andhealthstatus.
Theresearcherssaidartificiallysweeteneddrinksledtoahigherriskofhe
artdisease.Theyadded:"Water,water,andmorewatershouldbethe[d
rink]ofchoice.Givenchildhoodobesity,nosweetenedorartificiallyswe
etenedbeverageshouldbe...inchildren'sdiets."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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