Should you be drinking diet soda? Is diet soda good for you?
When diet sodas first appeared in the ‘50s and ‘60s, people thought of them as “healthy” alternatives to standard sugary drinks. This new development may have been especially hopeful for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who were looking for options to enjoy sweet beverages while minimizing their sugar intake.
But, as with many new products, the pros of diet soda came along with many cons. In recent years, controversy has continued to build about whether the alternative sweeteners used in diet sodas are good for you, and whether or not you should be drinking diet soda.
Here we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of diet soda:
Pros of Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda
Most artificial sweeteners do not contain the carbs that soda sweetened with sugar does. Reducing carbohydrate intake is an important part of a healthy diet, especially for people with diabetes.
May Curb Sugar Cravings
Artificial sweeteners may curb your sugar cravings, depending on which ones you use. On the other hand, certain artificial sweeteners may stimulate the appetite and increase cravings so it’s important to be aware of how your body reacts.