Linked to Obesity: Hold on there, I didn't say diet soda CAUSED obesity, but it certainly has some frightening statistics associated with it. Here's a good display of obesity percentages that I found multiple places on the web.
- 26% for up to 1/2 can each day
- 30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day
- 32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day
- 47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.
- 36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day
- 37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day
- 54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day
- 57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.
That's pretty ridiculous, though in my opinion it's not diet soda which is causing obesity. I believe these people who are obese diet soda addicts have switched to diet soda in an attempt to feel a little better, but instead have replaced the lost calories with an extra large fries at McDonald's (one of the most popular places diet soda is sold.) Diet soda isn't a miracle cure, and usually the food it is accompanied by is extremely detrimental to any sort of benefits that might be obtained by drinking it.
But wait. I'm not here to completely destroy diet soda. No, I believe it does have it's place. Some people just "need" soda for whatever reason, and I know that I could argue with them all day and they'd never even consider chucking the stuff (and believe me I've tried.) So here's my little note of encouragement.
Diet soda, if it's going to be enjoyed, should be enjoyed in moderation. Don't take it for anything else than it is. It's not a weight loss tool, it's not a justification for sweet snacks, it's not an accompaniment to a dirty, fat filled meal, and above all, it's NOT VERY GOOD FOR YOU. Diet soda is diet soda, and should be enjoyed merely as that and nothing more. While this may seem obvious, it's clear to me that to a lot of people it's not obvious at all, especially judging by those obesity statistics. Sure, if you're going to drink a soda, make it diet. You could definitely do without all that sugar. But please, whenever possible, have a glass of water, milk, or juice instead of that coke zero. You'll feel better, believe me.
Drink up, stay clean, and as always, good luck!