Soda is not good for you (even diet) so it should only be an occasional treat—not part of your daily diet. Why? Regular soda is made with the unhealthy sweetener, high-fructose corn syrup, which means it has too many calories. It can also contain preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients.
Diet soda may not contain calories, but it is loaded with preservatives and chemicals.
Try these strategies to wean yourself off soda drinking
Three-Step Soda Switch-out
- Add more ice cubes to every soda you drink. It's a way to drink less without feeling deprived.
- Dilute soda with soda water — you'll still have the flavor with the fizz.
- Try soda water with a bit of fruit juice—this is a great, healthy substitute.
Other good soda-switchers
- Water with a squeeze of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit
- Soda water with mint and lemon
- Water with a slice of cucumber — refreshing!
- Flavored carbonated water (have you tried vanilla?)
- Sign up and receive the 8 Healthy Habit tips through email.
Note to Parents
To help your child visualize how much sugar is in just one sugar-sweetened soda, fill a plastic bag with ten tablespoons of white sugar — yes, it really is that much!