Kiddos Hitting the Diet Soda

Maybe the sophisticated new packaging will deter children.

With everyone and their mayor freaking out about sugary drinks, it makes sense that kiddie consumption of diet soda is way up. (It doubled between 1999 and 2008, reports the Salt, and we’d bet it’s even higher by now.) Sure, it’s great if tykes are taking in less sugar, but what about all the other crap in these drinks — doesn’t too much aspartame up the risk of growing a third arm or something? Guess it’s probably better than drinking hand sanitizer. [Salt/NPR]