It’s not the real healthy thing

Diet sodas now offered in the cafeteria may not be the best alternative to sugary drinks.


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Story by Emily McMaster, staff writer

Medical Daily studies have shown that calorie free drinks can cause people to develop metabolic syndrome, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  Although it is believed by some people diet sodas can help you lose that extra weight, scientist have proven that these drinks are no better for keeping a healthy body than a regular soft drink.

The cafeteria has just started offering diet sodas in the vending machines to be purchased by students. This new addition has led to an increase in diet soda consumption in the school.

“We decided to sell diet drinks in the cafeteria because we are now allowed to, only in the high school level, by federal regulations,” Christie Anderson, the assistant director of TISD Child Nutrition said.  

Artificial sweeteners and the high level of acidity in diet and regular sodas can break down the enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth, causing cavities and discoloration.

“We are not advocating that every kid should choose Coke, “Anderson said. “We believe a healthy diet includes all foods in moderation.”

Studies have even shown bone weakness as a product of drinking too many diet drinks a day. The deteriorating bones may become so fragile that medical procedures, such as knee replacements, might become necessary.

“I think it’s important athletes stay away from diet drinks because they are unhealthy and when you are playing sports they can do bad things to your body,” sophomore athlete Emma Wolf said.  “Athletes should strive to drink more water, Gatorade  and other health drinks like that.”

Some people do not realize there are healthy alternatives that have just as much flavor such as soda.  Flavored waters, Tea of a Kind, and Setzler are a few examples of healthy alternatives.

“I think students should really regulate what they drink and find healthy alternatives, especially if they are involved in sports,” junior Isidro Hernandez said. “Drinking unhealthy can lead to injuries and cramps.”