Check the label of your diet soda lately? - Jackson Clarion Ledger

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So you've decided to lose weight or watch your caloric intake.

That's great.

One of the first guidelines doctors and dietitians will tell those seeking to shed a few pounds is, "Don't drink your calories."

When beginning a weight-loss journey, those initial pounds tend to come off quickly simply because a person opts for a low-calorie or no-calorie beverage.

But, we must also remember the other adage to live by - "do (or drink in this case) everything in moderation" or how about the one that states, "Too much of anything is bad for you."

Turns out that applies to diet drinks, too.


Experts report that a diet soda or two a day isn't harmful to a person's health, but just like any food, it's worth reading the label to see what the beverage is made of.

Ever heard of brominated vegetable oil? You will find it on the label of several citrus or fruit-flavored sodas and some sports drinks. The Food and Drug Administration describes it as a stabilizer. Reportedly, a person would have to consume a few thousand beverages containing the ingredient to develop ill affects. However, some countries ban the substance.

Sodium content is another kicker of beverages, including diet ones. I imagine a person battling high blood pressure may not consider that a diet soda is working against him in some respects.


Then there's the nutritional content of diet drinks, or should I say the lack there of, in most cases.

Dieting should never mean eating foods and drinking beverages that do not fuel our bodies.

What we need to keep in mind is that a diet drink is not a health drink. It's something to quench your thirst and satisfy your need to taste a similar version of its sugary alternative.

A couple a day won't hurt, but it's more important to include water for true hydration relief and juices that offer some nutritional benefits in your diet.

And, one can't discuss diet beverages without talking about artificial sweeteners.

The FDA says they are safe, but I know many folks who beg to differ.

06 Sep, 2011

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