Diet soda – is it actually better for you?

Diet soda – is it actually better for you?

You don’t have to be a health nut to know that soda isn’t good for you. But is it really all that bad? 

Is it ok to just have it once in a while? And if you’re going to have it, is it better to have the regular ol’ sugar-filled version or the zero calorie “diet” kind?  

Well, let’s weigh-in on the facts: 

Regular soda – as bad as they say? 

PROS:  

  • It doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin) that have gotten a really bad rap lately 

CONS: 

  • The sugar! A 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons; almost the daily limit as recommended by the  Heart & Stroke Association 
  • Drinking 1-2 cans a day can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 26% 
  • Regular sodas are filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) which is linked to obesity, heart disease, and fatty liver disease 

Diet soda – is it actually better for you? 

PROS:  

  • It feeds the craving for something sweet without adding extra calories or carbs, if you’re concerned about this 
  • Since it’s sugar-free, diabetics can sip without worrying about the direct hit to their insulin and blood sugar levels 

CONS:   

The verdict on soda 

Neither regular or diet soda are going to improve your health. They are literally devoid of any health benefits. In fact, both are linked to significant health issues.   

So what should you choose?   

The best bet would be to steer clear of both if you can. However, if you do decide to have a soda from time to time, the choice is ultimately up to you.   

If you’re sensitive to sugar, then perhaps the diet soda may be your best bet. But, if artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on your digestive system, you may want to go with the regular soda instead.  

What to drink instead 

The healthiest drink you can give your body is plain old water. And while water may not seem as exciting as soda, you can shake it up by adding lemon, lime or berries – or even cucumber and mint for a bit of flavour.   

Sparkling waters (sugar-free and artificial sweetener free) can also be a great alternative for a soda replacement since they still contain some bubbles and fizz. 

Recipe:  

For another delicious way to stay hydrated, try this refreshing coconut water-based hydrator: 

 Lemon-Lime Refresher Recipe

Ingredients

 3 cups of water (filtered, sparkling or even better – coconut water!) 

¼ cup of fresh lemon juice 

¼ cup of fresh lime juice 

2-3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey (or stevia to taste for a sugar-free alternative) 

½ tsp sea salt or ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt 

Ice cubes  

How to prepare  

Combine all ingredients well. Then sip throughout the day and enjoy.

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