Downfalls of diet soda

Peter Drulias, Staff Writer

In 1984 the company Coca-cola changed the world with their first diet soft drink, diet Coke.  Thanks to Coca-cola, there are 1.2 billion people in the world every day that drink a 12 oz. soda can. You can also find more than 7,000 different types of soft drinks.

Despite its great taste, if you are trying to live a healthy life, soda in general is not for you. Regular soda contains around 25 grams of sugar, 39 grams of carbs, and 140 calories in just one can, which are all components of obesity and diabetes. Well, companies came up with a solution or they thought they did. They soon came out with the new “Diet Soda,” which gives you the same great taste and less of the unwanted ingredients. Even though it no longer contains calories or sugar and with the same great taste, it still isn’t the best drink for you. Drinking enough diet soda will endanger your calcium levels, which affects bone and muscle, but it is also said to still be better than the normal sugar consumption. Also diet soda gives your body a craving for sugar anyways, which can cause people to end up consuming more calories than if they had just had a can of regular soda.  On top of it all, the reason why the taste of the diet is about the same is that it is composed of artificial ingredients such as sweeteners which are not the best thing to be putting into your body as well. Diet soda also has the ability to mess up with one’s metabolism and is notorious for giving people headaches.

“Either way, both sodas are bad in their own way, so pick your poison,” said my own father, who has at least four cans of diet soda a day. Either way they both pose their own cons and pros. There really isn’t anything “Diet” about diet soda. So if you are looking for a healthy solution, just don’t drink soda period.