Diet Soda – What’s the Deal?

By: Cody Frank

Most of us have enjoyed a soda (which I typically call pop) in our life at least once. A few of you may indulge it in daily. I speculate that the majority choose the diet version, hoping it will help curb off the extra calories. Is diet soda that much better for you? Or are the consequences not worth it? Diet soda is a subject that has been debated whether or not it is healthy.

Diet soda is a calorie free form of classic soda. Generally, regular soda is sweetened with corn syrup or sugars and diet soda is typically sweetened with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and stevia. While diet soda has fewer calories, it does not equate losing more weight. The foods and sweets you eat add to your caloric intake as well. Switching to only diet soda will not help you be healthy if that’s the only changes you make. In addition, remember that consuming artificial sweeteners can lead to sugar-seeking behavior. This will cancel out the calories saved by the sweetener.

A few studies have been completed to discover if drinking diet soda increases the amount of food you eat. However none of the studies have confirmed the above hypothesis. If drinking diet soda increases your craving for food or you react poorly to it; removing it from your diet would be ideal. Healthier options are water, skim milk, or unsweetened tea or coffee.

If you drink diet soda in moderation it shouldn’t do your body too much harm. Excessive ingestion of it, like anything else, can result in side effects such as:

– Obesity – Artificial sweeteners can mess up the body’s ability to regulate caloric intake based on the sweetness from foods.

– A hangover – Sugar-free mixers let liquor enter your bloodstream faster than those with sugar = more tippiness.

– Cell damage – Diet sodas have mold inhibitors that cause severe damage by knocking out DNA in the mitochondria. These preservatives are better known as sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate.

– Teeth problems – This drink is very acidic with a pH of 3.2. The pH of battery acid is 1 and water is 7. This acidity dissolves your enamel on your teeth which = more dentist trips. Not a pleasant thought.

– Reproductive issues – The container the diet soda or any soda is in causes harm to your body as well. Soft drink cans are coated with endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is linked to reproductive problems, heart problems, and many other risk factors.

One can of soda every once in a while is okay. If drinking soda is a occurrence in your life you may want to reconsider it. Your health is important, flygyal.

Thank you to Healthy Living, Mayo Clinic, Huffington Post, and National Institute of Health (NIH).

Cover photo via popmusicmakesmehigh blog.

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