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Being Emo with my Diet Coke Lime

Is diet soda a good alternative to regular? I get this question ALL the time. Over the years, I have found that people have really strong opinions on diet soda. Either they think its God’s gift to the earth or it’s devils blood. There are hardly any middle roaders when it comes to diet soda. But there is one sitting right here. ME!

The Good

  • Diet soda is calorie free. If you replace exactly one diet soda for one regular soda each day this can help you lose weight. However, if you alter your diet or exercise routine in any other way to compensate for the diet soda you may not see results.
  • For some, diet soda tastes good and is more refreshing than water. It may possibly help you satisfy a sweet tooth and has a lot less calories than chocolate cake.

The Bad

  • Several studies have shown that diet soda drinkers are just as fat as regular soda drinkers. To learn more see this LA TIMES Article. It turns out its not so much about metabolism but more about the mental act of drinking diet soda.
  • Diet soda contains aspartame, citric acid, acesulfame, caffeine, and sodium. All of these substances are approved by the FDA, but that does NOT mean they are “healthy.”

Overall, I would like  for you to make your own conclusions. As for me, I chose water, 100% fruit juice with sparkling water, and the occasional Diet Coke Lime. If a company could make diet Sprite that actually tasted like Sprite I would be all over that.

Do you drink diet? Regular? Any favorite flavors or non-carbonated substitutions?

P.S. Massage Envy gave me a free upgrade 🙂

Sincerely,

Heather Mason

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