Everyone enjoys a nice, refreshing soda once in a while. Fizzy and sweet, packed with ice and maybe a slice of lemon or lime, on a boiling hot day, there’s nothing else quite like it. The unfortunate thing, however, is that whether you’re talking about lemonades, colas, or even ginger beer, we’re always hearing about the negative sides of sodas. If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, it can be pretty dispiriting to constantly hear about dental cavities, tooth decay and Type-2 diabetes; health risks often brought on by overindulging in sodas.
Of course, there’s the fact that every can of soda contains a huge amount of sugar. Reading the nutritional information on the back of a two-litre bottle is a pretty sobering experience; it’s enough to make you think about giving them up for good, and that’s not even factoring alcohol into the equation, if you like spirit mixers.
For years, soda companies, worried about the backlash from nutritionists, have held a trump card in their deck; namely, the inclusion of no-added-sugar versions of their most popular beverages – the diet variety. I’ve always thought found diet sodas were pretty dumb; sure, there might be no sugar added during the manufacturing process, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a heck of a lot of it in the process to begin with.
Still, none of my friends listened to me, and a few of them would even freak out if you forgot to get them diet – as if it made that much of a difference anyway. If you’re the sort of person, however, who will only consume diet sodas, then I have some bad news for you: a recent scientific study claims to have proven that not only are diet sodas just as unhealthy as the regular kind, but they’re actually worse for you in the long term.