Which soda should I choose?
To the Editor,
The point of conducting a scientific study is to find an answer to a theory or question. Yet, science has been unable to answer one small question; Which soda should I choose: Coke or Diet Coke? In Andrew Jacobs’s Septembet 6th, 2019 article “Death by Diet Soda?” Jacobs said that there are many studies done on the consumption of sweetened drinks, which have been unable to definitively state whether it is in fact healthier to drink Diet Coke over regular Coca-Cola. There was a study done by JAMA Internal Medicine which shows how the mortality of consumers of soft-drinks; sugary and sugar-free, compared to each other. “This is a huge study, with a half million people in 10 countries, but I don’t think it adds to what we already know,” claimed Vasanti S. Malik, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. The effect on the health of a consumer that drinks sugary beverages compared to drinking sugar-free beverages, has been a long going investigation. The complexities of the study add to the reason of why science can’t tell me which drink I should choose and why it probably never will.
However, consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks were positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks were associated with deaths from digestive diseases. The study published by the US National Library of Health on this topic, has proven that the consumption of sugary beverages is the direct cause of an early death or other diseases. The only thing proven is a small correlation, but not a definitive cause. I am a consumer of Diet Coke myself. I have been drinking Diet Coke since I was a 10, and it was because I believed it to be a better alternative than regular Coke. However, these recent scientific studies just show that the artificial sugars in Diet Coke aren’t proven to be better to consume than the actual sugar in Coke. Science seems to only confuse me more with their findings.
The studies done by the American Society for Nutrition on the consumption of artificial sugar beverages have been confusing to say the least. Some studies have found a correlation between artificial sweeteners and weight loss, but others have suggested they may increase cravings for sugary foods. Both of these studies were done to find how artificial sweeteners affect our bodies, but one study says it’s beneficial to us, and the other says it’s detrimental to us. The fact of the matter is that, even though the question seems simple, it has layers of complexity and obstacles when you go to try to answer it.
Even though the scientific studies haven’t been the most helpful in the choice of beverage consumption, they are made through hard work and dedication. In the mean time though, the inconclusiveness of the answer to the question; Coke or Diet Coke?, can be a potential health crisis for consumers who read that one is better than the other and blindly accept it. Those people could be our loved ones or, especially, young children who will become more likely to have health complications from a small age due to the consumption of the unhealthy drink. We should be more careful with what we put in our bodies because at the end of the day, it’s up to you whether you want to drink Coke or Diet Coke. I advise consumers of soda to be completely aware of the choices they make, because your health is in your hands.
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