The cans of soda have
exactly the same volume, or size.
But their density
differs due to what is dissolved in the soda.
Regular soda contains sugar as a sweetener. If you
look at the nutrition facts on a can of regular
soda, you will notice that it contains sugar...a lot
In some cases a 12 ounce can of regular
soda will contain over 40 grams of sugar. Diet
sodas, on the other hand, use artificial sweeteners
These artificial sweeteners
found in many foods and chewing gums are more
toxic and may be hundreds of times sweeter than
sugar, which means that less than a few grams of
artificial sweetener is used in a can of diet soda.
The difference in the
amount of dissolved sweeteners leads to a difference
in density. Cans of regular soda tend to be more
dense than water, so they sink. Cans of diet soda
are usually less dense than water, so they float.
Regular soda may also contain the toxic sweetener
high fructose corn syrup which is slightly
sweeter than sucrose.
Both regular soda and
diet soda cause
dehydration, mineral depletion, caffeine dependence,
tooth decay and correlate with
weight gain, obesity, diabetes and metabolic
They're also responsible
for an increased risk of vascular events such as
stroke, heart attack, and vascular death.
Our pleasure in consuming sweet solutions is
driven to a great extent by the amount of energy it
provides. The greatest rewards in the brain are
attributed to sugars compared to artificial
sweeteners which offer only short-term pleasure at a
huge health cost.
Using artificial sweeteners may actually throw off
the body's ability to monitor how many calories we
consume. Rats fed an artificially sweetened diet
tend to overeat when given naturally sweetened
high-calorie food compared with rats that had never
consumed artificial sweeteners.
People who consume soft
drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart
attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did
not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them
A study published in the
journal of (The
Asian Pacific Society of) Respirology
Between Soft Drink Consumption and Asthma and
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among Adults
reveals that soft drink consumption is
associated with lung and breathing disorders
asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
in Coke causes calcium loss in the
bones through a three-stage process:
irritates the stomach.
"cures" the irritation the only way it knows
how. It adds the only antacid at its
disposal: calcium. It gets this from the
The blood, now
low on calcium, replenishes its supply from
the bones. If it did not do this, muscular
and brain function would be severely
But, the story doesn't
Another problem with
most Coke is it also contain phosphoric acid (not
the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide
mixed with the water). This substance also causes a
drawdown on the store of calcium.
So Coke softens your
bones (actually, they make them weak and brittle) in
reduces the calcium in the bones.
reduces the calcium in the bones.
replaces a calcium-containing alternative,
such as milk or water. Milk and water are
not excellent calcium sources, but they are
Overall, if you are
consuming any type of soda, whether regular or diet,
you're certainly not doing your health a service.
Soda is dangerous at any
consumption level, so select fresh juices, water or
coconut water to quench your thirst because nothing
will hydrate you better.