The Reading / Listening - Diet Soda - Level 2

People drink diet soda to diet. They think these drinks are healthier than fizzy drinks. A new study says "diet" versions of sugary drinks can be as bad for our heart as sugar-filled fizzy drinks. The researchers said people should avoid diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks if they want to stay healthy. They said artificial sweeteners in diet drinks are not healthy. A heart specialist said: "The belief that artificial sweeteners are a safe substitute for sugar is fake news." He added: "Artificial sweeteners have been associated with weight gain...and diabetes."



The research is published in an American cardiology journal. Researchers looked at data from 100,000 people. The people recorded their diet, activity level, and health status twice a year. The researchers said: "Higher intakes of...artificially sweetened beverages were associated with a higher risk of [heart] disease." They said artificially sweetened drinks were not so healthy. 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 1   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. People drink diet soda
  2. healthier than fizzy
  3. as bad for
  4. sugar-filled
  5. A heart
  6. a safe substitute
  7. fake
  8. associated with weight
  1. our heart
  2. news
  3. to diet
  4. gain
  5. fizzy drinks
  6. specialist
  7. drinks
  8. for sugar

Paragraph 2

  1. an American cardiology
  2. data from 100,000
  3. activity
  4. a higher risk
  5. artificially sweetened
  6. Water, water,
  7. artificially
  8. in children's
  1. level
  2. diets
  3. and more water
  4. journal
  5. sweetened beverage
  6. of heart disease
  7. drinks
  8. people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People drink diet (1) ___________________. They think these drinks are healthier than fizzy drinks. A new study says "diet" versions (2) ___________________ can be as bad for our heart as sugar-filled fizzy drinks. The researchers said (3) ___________________ diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks if they want to stay healthy. They said artificial sweeteners in diet drinks (4) ___________________. A heart specialist said: "The belief that artificial sweeteners are a (5) ___________________ sugar is fake news." He added: "Artificial sweeteners have been associated (6) ___________________...and diabetes."

The research (7) ___________________ an American cardiology journal. Researchers looked (8) ___________________ 100,000 people. The people recorded their diet, activity level, and health (9) ___________________ year. The researchers said: "Higher intakes of...artificially sweetened beverages (10) ___________________ a higher risk of [heart] disease." They said artificially sweetened drinks were not so healthy. They added: "Water, water, (11) ___________________ should be the [drink] of choice. Given childhood obesity, no sweetened or artificially sweetened beverage should be... (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peopledrinkdietsodatodiet.Theythinkthesedrinksarehealthierthanfi
zzydrinks.Anewstudysays"diet"versionsofsugarydrinkscanbeasbad
forourheartassugar-filledfizzydrinks.Theresearcherssaidpeoplesho
uldavoiddietsodasandotherartificiallysweeteneddrinksiftheywantto
stayhealthy.Theysaidartificialsweetenersindietdrinksarenothealthy
.Aheartspecialistsaid:"Thebeliefthatartificialsweetenersareasafesu
bstituteforsugarisfakenews."Headded:"Artificialsweetenershavebe
enassociatedwithweightgain...anddiabetes."Theresearchispublishe
dinanAmericancardiologyjournal.Researcherslookedatdatafrom100
,000people.Thepeoplerecordedtheirdiet,activitylevel,andhealthstat
ustwiceayear.Theresearcherssaid:"Higherintakesof...artificiallyswe
etenedbeverageswereassociatedwithahigherriskof[heart]disease."
Theysaidartificiallysweeteneddrinkswerenotsohealthy.Theyadded:
"Water,water,andmorewatershouldbethe[drink]ofchoice.Givenchil
dhoodobesity,nosweetenedorartificiallysweetenedbeverageshould
be...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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