Many people think that drinking diet soda is better for you than drinking regular soda, and because of the less calories and sugar, they think that it is okay to drink more of it. But they are wrong. Here are a couple of the Pros and Cons of regular soda VS diet soda.
Some people prefer diet soda because they believe that there is less calories due to the artificial sweeteners, which is true. What other benefit does the artificial sweeteners have? Diet soda doesn’t leave residue on their teeth like regular soda does. Bacteria in the mouth (plaque), needs sugar to grow and produce. Diet soda uses artificial sweeteners which bacteria does not grow on, it does not leave a film on your teeth.
Diet soda may not contain sugar, but it does have acid in it and can strip the enamel off your teeth over time and may leave them more vulnerable to cavities from other sugars that you consume. Diet soda also contributes to weight gain, not weight loss. Artificial sweeteners in diet sodas make your sugar cravings more intense because it’s not a natural source of sugar which triggers the brain to want actual sugars. This leaves your body unsatisfied, and increases your eating and drinking.
If you’re drinking regular soda, be sure to do so in moderation. One can has approx. 10 tsp of sugar and 140 calories of sugar. Compared to other fruit drinks, a can of pop has much less sugar than a bottle of artificial fruit juices. As far as high-calorie drinks go, one can of soda won’t hurt you every once in a while. Another pro is there are no artificial sweeteners, so you are fulfilling your sugar cravings, there are also varieties of soda which you can purchase that are sweetened with Cain sugar, which is a better option.
Regular soda has a high intake of added sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup. High intake of added sugars is linked to obesity, and high blood pressure and affects the heart. 6 teaspoons of sugar is recommended a day for women, and 9 teaspoons a day for men. Having excess sugar and calories, will store in the body as fat, and will add to weight gain. If one person has one can of Coke a day, this adds an extra 14 lbs a year just from the calories alone. Regular soda also can rot your teeth because of the added sugars, which stick to your teeth and creates plaque and allows bacteria to grow and rot your teeth.
In the end, both diet sodas and regular sodas have their pros and cons, but both contain no nutrition at all. Diet soda has no calories and makes you crave more sugar, while regular soda does have calories but your sugar cravings will be more satisfied.