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Diet Dilemma: Sugar Free or Regular Soda?

Jun 8, 2011

When it comes to soda, many people, especially those that are trying to go for a healthier option, tend to go for the diet choices. But when it comes to drinking soda in general, neither are innocent. Regardless of whether you're drinking high fructose corn syrup or no-calorie aspartame or other artificial sweeteners, your soda could be taking a real toll on your immune system and overall health.

Diet Soda

In general people that drink soda instead of healthy options like water or unsweetened pure fruit juice, are more likely to have lower or less than adequate levels of vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. Also soda contains phosphoric acid which depletes calcium and magnesium, which are two of the nutrients that keep your immune system at its best.

Diet soda has been found to actually attribute to weight gain. This was observed in a study involving 1550 people, which found that people who drink diet soda are at a 41 percent increased risk of becoming overweight for every can or bottle of soda they drink per day. This is due in part to the way the body interprets the sweet taste which signals the body's cells to store fats and carbohydrates making you hungrier. And to top it off, the sweet taste also triggers your body to make insulin that blocks the body's ability to burn fat. The cold hard fact about diet soda is no study has ever shown it helps you lose weight or be healthier.

Regularly Sweetened Soda

Regular or sugared sodas, are sweetened (unless identified on the label as being beet or cane sugar) with high fructose corn syrup, which contains high levels of free radicals that have been linked to diabetic complications, the development of diabetes, and tissue damage.

Bottom line is simple: Sodas no matter how they are sweetened are not good for us in any kind of quantity. Choose natural beverages and water for optimum hydration and health.


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