Which is Better, Diet or Regular Soda?

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Under the heading of  This and That,  today’s topic…Which is better, diet soda or regular?

The good news…soda is fun and fizzy.

It’s pretty much downhill after that.

Diet or Regular Soda?

Regular soda is VERY high in sugar…as in 10 teaspoons of sugar per each 12 ounce can. This causes a huge surge in blood sugar, which spikes insulin. Over time, this can lead to diabetes or insulin resistance, weight gain and other health problems.

The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can also be very harmful, having been linked to many health problems including joint inflammation, seizures, neurological problems, metabolic problems, diabetes, emotional disorders, increased risk of belly fat, high blood sugar and raised cholesterol.

Most sodas contain caffeine, which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and other problems. Caffeine is also mildly addictive, which helps explain the difficulty in kicking the soda habit.

The water used in soda is simple tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and traces of heavy metals.

Regular soda contains high fructose corn syrup, which comes from corn. Most of this corn has been genetically modified. There are no long-term studies showing the safety of genetically modified crops.

There is no nutritional value in soda whatsoever. None.

The high sugar, sodium and caffeine content in soda causes dehydration.

All soda is bad for teeth. The acidic quality of soda can strip the enamel from your teeth, leaving them more vulnerable to cavities.

Although the calorie-free aspect of diet soda may sound enticing, don’t be fooled. Diet soda actually contributes to weight gain, not weight loss. The artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas have been found to increase sugar cravings. The psychological suggestion that diet soda has fewer calories might make you feel like it’s ok to have other high calorie goodies, compounding the weight gain problems.

Soda, regular or diet, factors into the current “obesity epidemic” in the United States. Even one a day can contribute to significant weight gain.

Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit, making them less satisfying.

In summary… a soda every now and then, for most people, can be tasty and enjoyable. Frequent sodas, however, may contribute to multiple health problems.

An alternative? Try sparkling water infused with fresh fruit!

More to come!

Wishing you all the best!