The great diet soda debate
August 10th, 2010, Write comment
I know I’m not the only one who strives to live a healthy lifestyle. I work out and eat healthfully most of the time. Also like many others, I enjoy an occasional soda. I’ve been drinking diet soda since I was old enough to know what a diet was. I mean, reaching for a diet soda is better for you, right? I mean there’s no denying the fact it has no calories unlike its sugary brothers.
Well, not so fast diet soda swillers. I found out some health info that you might not have been aware of. According to Fit Day, a free online food tracking and journaling website, you should know that excessively drinking diet soda can potentially damage your kidneys, lead to bone loss, erode tooth enamel and even lead to weight gain.
It seems that diet soda drinkers often think that because they’ve consumed no calories in their soda, they can get away with more calories elsewhere. Further, the sweet taste of diet sodas can actually help to increase our appetites.
According to Mayo Clinic Nutritionist, Kathy Zeratsky, having an occasional can of soda (one or two a day) probably won’t do much harm, but there are way better things to regularly drink.
Personally, I’ll stick to homemade green iced-tea, homemade lemonade and water. It’s not to say the occasional glass of diet soda isn’t going to make it’s way to my mouth but it won’t be my usual go-to beverage.
What about you? Have you given up diet soft drinks? Do you drink regular or diet soda?