I never drink regular, sugar sweetened soda anymore. It has been so long since I had a regular soda that I can not tell the difference between regular and diet.
Anytime I am at a restaurant, I have to have someone taste my diet soda to verify for me that it is diet. I love the way artificially sweetened sodas taste and I do not trust my taste buds. I typically find a skinny person to taste test my soda, because they typically hate the taste.
What is wrong with regular soda?
Regular, sugar-sweetened sodas are bad for you because:
- They are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup
- They are empty calories
- Most sugar-sweetened sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup increases your risk of becoming obese, getting diabetes, and / or getting cardiovascular disease.
Sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages are also empty calories. They have no nutritional value. They provide no benefit to the human body.
Diet sodas are similar to their sugar-sweetened cousins. They provide no nutritional value. The only difference is that they are not sweetened with sugar and have no calories. They do not add, but they do not subtract either.
My favorite diet soda is Coke Zero. I enjoy regular Coke Zero, Vanilla Coke Zero, and Cherry Coke Zero. They all taste great and they all taste better than Diet Coke, which I also like. I have also been told by Coke drinkers that Coke Zero taste like Regular Coke.
I am not advising that you drink Coke Zero. If you are thirsty, water is a much better option. If you need / want caffeine, tea / coffee sweetened with Splenda is a much better option. However, if you are a sugar-sweetened soda drinker, I suggest that you try Coke Zero.
Coke Zero will not help you lose weight directly. However, it can help you to lose weight if you substitute Coke Zero for your regular soda.
The average twelve ounce can of regular soda has 140 calories. However, most people drink those twenty ounce bottles of regular soda which have 240 calories. Those are a lot of empty calories.
In order to lose one pound every week, you must create a daily calorie deficit of 500 calories through diet and exercise. If you switch one bottle of regular soda for one bottle of diet soda, you will save 240 calories a day. This will get you almost half way to your daily goal of 500 calories.
Drink Coke Zero instead of your regular, sugar-sweetened soda and get One Pound Closer to your goals.[ad_2]
Source by Kalvin C. Chinyere, MD