The Real Bears tell the story of soda

Pop, soda, sweet or sweetened carbonated fizzy stuff. Whatever you call it, you probably know at this point that it is not the healthiest drink option for you. I always hear this question: What is better for me, diet or regular pop?
Here is more information about regular and diet soda, along with a video of polar bears giving their take on pop. Maybe it will help you decide what your beverage of choice should be.

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.

Drink Water

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.

There are a lot of alternative beverage choices out there. Jodi recommends some here. Also if you are looking at ways to kick your pop habit (diet or otherwise), learn how here.

Check out The Real Bears from The Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and their take on soda:

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About Grace Derocha

Grace Derocha is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and certified health coach. She loves helping others learn how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. Grace was born and raised in Michigan. She is a wife, mommy, Spartan, and avid Detroit sports fan. She loves food, music, dancing, shopping, reading, and smiling.
 
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