The Chemistry Behind Diet Soda

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The Chemistry Behind Diet Soda

The Chemistry Behind Diet Soda
Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite soft drink is Dr. Pepper. There was a time when I drank Dr. Pepper with all my meals, I also realized during that time that I was feeling heavier than before, and I gained weight as well; I needed to make a change. I did what a lot of people in America do while trying to give up soda, I gave up the regular Dr. Pepper and switch to the Diet Dr. Pepper mainly because it contained zero calories. When I tried it I hated it, it tasted so fake and was not something I wanted to taste ever again. So I wanted to know, what’s really inside the diet sodas? How does drinking diet soda really affect me and society? Does diet sodas benefit or harms this society that is overwhelmed with artificially sweetened beverages? In this essay I will be talking about the chemistry of diet sodas and the effect it has on the body.
In a culture that is overwhelmed with consuming soda, when trying to lose weight, the easiest way people try to stop drinking soda is switching to diet soda. For example, one can of non diet Coke contains one hundred and fifty calories per twelve fluid ounces, whereas a can of Diet Coke has zero calories per twelve fluid ounces. It sounds convenient to make the switch because of the difference in calories, on the other hand is switching to diet soda really as helpful as it sounds? Some studies have shown that diet soda is not a beneficial source f0r wanting to lose weight for it is dangerous and risky. An article that was done by Harvard Health said that “people who drank diet sodas daily were at a higher risk for vascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, compared to those who drank fewer diet sodas or even those who drank regular sugar-sweetened sodas.” (Do you really need that diet soda? 2012)
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