Have you asked this question yourself? Are you having a hard time letting go of your favorite soda drink? If you are, then you are one of the possible millions of people faced with the same dilemma. Why? According to many people who are going through this predicament, food is simply not as delicious without a cold soda as an accompanying drink. The problem, however, is that health experts are adamant in saying that soda drinks, as well as other soft drinks and sweetened drinks, are one of the many causes of obesity and diabetes today. In fact, many doctors have raised the alarm and are advising people to stay away from soft drinks and other artificially flavored and sweetened drinks.
People who find it hard to stay away from soft drinks or sodas now have an option: light or diet soda drinks instead of regular soda or soft drinks. These sweetened beverages are called ‘diet drinks’ which are said to contain zero calories. The question, however, is this: are these two drinks really better than regular soda drinks?
Which Is Better: Regular Soda or Diet Soda?
What makes diet or light soda better than regular soda? To answer this question, it will be well to look at the differences between the two. The difference lies in the sweeteners used. Regular soda contains regular sugar (sucrose) while diet and/or light soda drinks use aspartame, a sugar substitute. Aspartame is called by two other names or brands – Equal and NutraSweet.
According to researches done by experts, people who drink soda and other artificially sweetened drinks have a greater risk of becoming overweight, which is by itself already a very crucial factor in developing diabetes. This disease is the leading cause of blindness in people as young as 20. It also can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, damage to the nervous system, and disease to the kidney.
In a most recent research study, results showed that women who drank light or diet soft drinks had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who drank regular sodas. Diet soda is also believed to increase the risk of depression among women. It is also one of the major reasons why women gain so much weight. Why is this so? Well, aspartame, one of the main artificial sweeteners used in diet and light soda drinks, causes an increase in glycemia which in turn increases in the insulin level of the person. This results in a heightened craving for more sugar.
In a nutshell, between the two – regular soda or diet and/or light soda, regular soda (sucrose) is still the ‘lesser evil’. However, it is still best to avoid drinking too much artificially sweetened drink, be it regular or diet/light, so as to avoid developing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and other life-threatening diseases.