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Diet Soda: What to Think?


Is diet soda OK to drink if you have diabetes? Get the facts here. 

Serving size: 1 can (12 fluid oz)

Carbs: 0 g

Calories: approx. 4

Glycemic index: unavailable*

Glycemic load: unavailable*

When nothing but soda will do (really, who sips hot tea with their movie popcorn?), it’s best to choose diet. And while diet drinks don’t cause a blood glucose reaction, they’re still not particularly hydrating — or healthy. Research shows that artificial sweeteners (such as those used in diet soda) are hundreds(!) of times sweeter than table sugar, which may make less-sweet foods, like fruits and vegetables, unsatisfying. Also, the acid in soda (diet and regular) may cause bone and tooth erosion. 

Quick tip: Diet is better than regular soda, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. When you’re hankering for a fizzy fix, try carbonated water with a lemon wedge instead. 


*Hasn't been analyzed.


Published on January 16, 2015.


— by Katie Lewin and Katherine Solem

Reviewed by Shira Goldenholz, MD, MPH on December 15, 2014.
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