Is Diet Soda Really Better for You Than Regular Soda?

Diet soda isn't a healthy drink

Most people don’t realize how many calories they consume each day from drinks alone. Studies show that the average person could cut about 450 calories per day from their diet if they just cut out the sugary drinks – that’s nearly 1 pound of fat loss per week!

People have turned to diet sodas in an attempt to avoid the empty calories of regular soda – not to mention the damage it can do to your teeth with all of its sugar content (just ask any dentist!). Although diet sodas don’t have the calories or sugar content that regular sodas have, they’re far from being a “healthy” drink.

Studies have shown that some people who drink diet sodas tend to eat more because the soda makes them hungrier. Also, diet sodas have no nutritional value, so they are far from a complete replacement of fruit juices or water. Lastly, diet sodas contain aspartame, which is 180 times sweeter than sugar, but has been found to produce negative effects in some animal research studies, including lymphoma and brain tumors. Despite these findings, the FDA says that aspartame is still safe to consume.

The bottom line is that neither diet or regular soda is actually healthy for you, but if I had to choose between one or the other, I’d choose diet for two reasons:

  1. Diet has no calories
  2. Diet doesn’t eat away at your teeth nearly as bad as sugary, regular soda does

So if you choose to drink diet soda, the key is to drink it in moderation. This means 1-2 per day max, and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Stick to these guidelines, and you’ll be able to enjoy a diet soda here and there without worrying about possible side effects of “OD’ing” on the stuff!

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