Pretty much everyone knows by now that drinking carbonated soft drinks isn’t good for you. Researchers are now looking into the diet and calorie free types of soft drinks and not finding much that is encouraging. On the contrary, some scientists now think the low-cal variety can be as harmful as the regular stuff.
“It has been shown with several of health studies that a variety of problems have been linked to high rates of soda consumption, including weight gain, poor dental health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, all of which can lead to stroke and other issues. Is the soda the sole cause of the health conditions? That’s kind of a loaded question. But it is looking like it significantly contributes to these health conditions people are developing,” Khristi King told KTRH News. She is a clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine. “A lot of that is because there is no nutritional value in these sodas. There are no vitamins, there are no minerals, there are no proteins, and essentially you are dinking sugar, with a little bit of sodium and some caffeine and a little bit of food coloring.”
Sugar-free, calorie-free soft drinks are now available, and while consumers seem to like them, for the medical community all they do is raise more questions.
“One of the biggest questions we have right now in the nutrition world is how is diet soda processed in the body? Is it doing damage to our bodies? We are just now starting to find out how these artificial sweeteners are stored and processed. We know soft drinks are essentially safe, either regular or diet, but the question is how much can someone consume to still be considered safe?”
Ad Age magazine studied Americans consumption of beverages in 2010, and found that on average we each drink about 2 gallons of wine a year, about 20 gallons of beer, 28 gallons of bottled water, and 44.7 gallons of carbonated beverages.