The Soda Spectrum

Which soda is right for you?

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There are a vast number and type of sodas on the market. With so many choices, how can we determine which sodas are healthy to drink and which aren’t? We can create a spectrum to make it easier to choose your soda.

The Soda Spectrum

First and foremost, soda is not necessary. Water is the only drink that is necessary. Also, some sports drinks and flavored/sparkling waters have electrolytes and vitamins and minerals, benefiting the body. So, on one end we have “no soda” as ideal.

Next to ideal is good. This includes diet sodas with no calories and no caffeine. The problem with these is the artificial sweeteners, but it’s better than empty calories or lots of caffeine.

Next to good is fair. This includes diet sodas with no calories and with caffeine. The problem with these is the artificial sweeteners and the caffeine, but it’s better than a caloric drink.

Next to fair is bad. This includes sugary sodas with no caffeine. The problem with these is the high amount of empty calories, but it’s better than having calories and caffeine.

Next to bad is avoid. This includes sugary energy drinks with large amounts of caffeine. The problem with these is the empty calories, the massive amount of caffeine, and the artificial chemical flavorings.

There is a debate over diet soda

There is a debate among nutritionist as to whether diet soda is ok to drink. My take on it is drink plenty of water and if it helps you lose weight, drink a diet soda every now and then. What you don’t want to do is drink no water and 12 diet sodas every day. In becoming water adapted (used to drinking water), soda will lose some of its appeal.

Enjoy your soda

Along your soda journey, make sure to enjoy yourself and do what’s best for you. If you drink lots of “avoid” sodas, try introducing other types of sodas on the spectrum. You never know when you’ll encounter something that you like a lot that might be a healthier choice.

Author: T Ross

I spent the first part of my life playing piano and composing music. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in music composition and cognitive science. Then I became a User Interface Engineer for four years. I moved home to Raleigh, NC to be closer to my family and began to freelance. On the side, I created a company called Elemental Nutrition & Wellness that uses interactive resource calculators to give people the tools they need to lose weight and boost nutrition. Now I have my own practice as a holistic nutritionist. I help people meet their weight loss goals by fostering self-motivation. You can reach me at

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