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Is soda with sugar healthier than diet soda?

  1. Neither are healthy choices. Diet soda contains no or less sugar than regular soda, and therefore fewer calories. If you want to watch your weight, you can drink diet soda. But it is best to drink water, which is also better for your teeth, which are affected by the acid in (diet) soft drinks. A glass of soft drink now and then won't hurt, but it's not in the Wheel of Five. You can see below how much sugar there is in different drinks:


  1. Regular soda and diet soda are equally safe. Some people say diet soda is more unsafe because of the sweeteners it contains. However, sweeteners have been tested extensively, often again because these stories are circulating, and have proven to be safe time and time again. They meet all safety requirements of EFSA, the European food safety authority. No negative effects on humans have been found, even with prolonged use and large quantities.

More than 2.5 liters per day

  1. If you drink soft drinks with sweeteners in normal amounts, these sweeteners have no negative effect. Even if you were drinking diet sodas on a daily basis all your life. For example, to get too much of the sweetener aspartame, you would have to drink more than 2.5 liters of soda with aspartame per day.

Exceptions for sweeteners

  1. Soft drinks with aspartame are not suitable for people with the rare congenital metabolic disease PKU. That's why these products have the warning "contains a source of phenylalanine".

Why water

  1. You need water every day and it is included in the Wheel of Five. It is a healthy thirst quencher. Tap water has many advantages: it contains no calories and it does not affect your teeth as is the case with (diet) soft drinks. And it's cheap, good for the environment, and widely available.

Kun can you say that one product is healthy?

  1. You can cannot actually say whether it is healthy for one product. It hangs there always wonder how much or how often you eat or drink it. So we can say whether a product fits into a healthy diet. Read more

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