July 4, 2001
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Houston, Texas, USA:
Why are diet sodas bad for you?
Diet sodas contain no nutrients of value and sometimes take the place of fluids which are more nutritious such as milk and water. Most sodas contain caffeine unless you are purchasing caffeine free ones. Caffeine is as you know a stimulant and also can dehydrate you — so one calls for another. Water is a much better fluid to drink for hydration and fitness. Of course, small amounts of juice can be healthy as well to provide vitamin C, but are also not healthy if taken in excess. At least diet sodas will not promote tooth decay as regular ones do.
Taken in moderation, they can be a part of a person’s intake without harm.