Are Diet Soft Drinks Really Healthier?

Hayden Rose, Editor

Soft drinks are widely appreciated for their tangy taste and bubbly feeling they leave lingering in a drinker’s mouth afterwards, although many people claimed that the sugar levels in them makes them unhealthy, or even unsafe to drink, and so a solution was proposed; diet soft drinks.

Diet soft drinks are essentially the same as typical soft drinks, however, they include some substitutes for sugar. Some of these substitutes are aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, and stevia, according to Wexner Medical Center of Ohio State University.

But now, there’s a new argument circling around, regarding the effectiveness of these chemicals as substitutes for sugar and whether or not they’re truly healthier than simply drinking the added sugars that come with a normal soda.

Of course, there are benefits to substituting sugar in your diet; sodas make up a lot of the sugar most people consume in their daily diets, and reducing this amount of sugar can reduce a drinker’s calorie intake, thus helping to prevent weight loss and acne breakouts. It can also reduce the carbohydrate intake of a drinker, which can help to improve blood sugar control.

Despite the common rumors pushed around by the internet, these chemicals used as sugar substitutes are not actually a direct threat to health and wellness of the body, unless the drinker has issues with their metabolism that prevents them from properly processing them.

The true problem with diet sodas lies in how people’s views on it is affecting their habits. For example, if children are allowed to consistently drink diet soda instead of water or dairy products that give them the nutrients they need for proper growth, the child might suffer from malnutrition or from being underweight later in life. Some people may also believe that because diet sodas are non-nutritional in any way, that they can indulge in more sugary, or otherwise “junk food” options that can cause the drinker to become overweight.

Diet drinks may seem like a questionable method to solving a simple problem, but they’re not actually as bad as everyone thinks they are, and may even be a good alternative to standard, sugary drinks in some cases.