The Regular Stuff
In general, regular pop is filled with empty, sugar and carb calories that don’t offer any real nutrition. Many people think that regular soda is better because there is no “chemicals” like the sugar substitutes found in their diet counterparts. However, the amount of calories this adds to your day can lead to weight gain/obesity and other health issues and complications that come with added weight on the body, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension to name a few. And don’t be mistaken, but most regular sodas are not organic or all natural, so there is still the element of having “chemicals” in it.
Regular pop on average has about 150 calories in a 12 ounce can. Remember that the average medium-sized fountain soda is already 16-20 ounces. So you can do the math and see how quickly those calories can add up.
The Diet Option
Diet pop has to be better than regular, right? If I received a dollar every time I heard that, I would have at least $20. All kidding aside, it is true. Diet soda does not have any calories, so in the sense of weight loss or maintaining weight, it could be a better option than the regular version. However, there is a variety of sugar substitutes that are added to diet sodas to make it taste sweet without the calories. Even though, diet is calorie-free there is evidence indicating that even the diet pops are not good for your heart health and general health due to the “chemicals,” lifestyle and food choices one makes when drinking any kind of soda.
If I were to give you some simple advice on what to drink, I would recommend water all the time. I know that is close to impossible, but do make a conscience effort to get your water in daily. The goal is at least 64 ounces per day or more depending on activity level, weather and your individual needs.
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