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?
Regular soda – as bad as they say?
Well, let’s weigh-in on the facts:
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: Lemon-Lime Refresher Recipe
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
How to prepare
Combine all ingredients well. Then sip throughout the day and enjoy.
Wiley Online Library – Diet study & waist circumference study
CNN – Diet Soda May Do More Harm Than Good
Harvard School of Public Health – Soft Drinks & Disease
American Heart Association – Sugar 101
Healthline – Is Diet Soda Safe for Diabetes?