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Is Sierra Mist Healthy?

Habits are hard to break. So, if you’re a soda drinker, you might believe that it’s impossible for you to stop drinking it.

Sure, we all have vices and guilty pleasures, but if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, it’s going to be best to lower your daily consumption of sugar content, by cutting down your Sierra Mist intake.

Sierra Mist leads to weight gain, and it’s the healthier choice to eliminate it (and other popular sodas, like Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist Natural, and more) from your diet.

Let’s talk about Sierra Mist. I’m going to explain the facts about the soda, so that you can make an informed decision if it’s right for you.

woman drinking sierra mist in glass with straw

Is Sierra Mist a Healthy Soda?

I don’t think this comes as a surprise, but the truth is that Sierra Mist is not a healthy soda. When it comes down to it, the soft drink has about 37 grams of sugar in it, per can. So, when you consume a single can of Sierra Mist lemon-lime soda, you’re consuming more cane sugar than the American Heart Association suggests that you should consume in a day.

If it makes you feel better, it is a little bit healthier to drink a Sierra Mist than it is to drink, say, a Coke or a Pepsi, but still, it’s not a healthy drink.

Is it Healthier than Sprite?

The answer here, is that it’s hard to say. Both Sprite and Sierra Mists are unhealthy, and both Sprite and Sierra Mist have around the same amount of sugar: 37 grams of sugar per can. So, I’d say the two are about the same, in terms of their health benefits. That is, there are little health benefits in each brand of soda!

Is Sierra Mist okay to drink?

Is it the worst thing in the world to have a Sierra Mist every once and a while?


Is it a good idea to get into the habit of having Sierra Mist (or multiple Sierra Mists) everyday?

Also, no.

Here’s the thing: I’m not going to tell you that it’s detrimental to have an occasional soda, but things become a problem when you’re reliant on soda.

To be clear, it’s not okay to drink soda all the time, because the reality is that sodas are packed with sugar. And when I say sugar, I’m not talking about naturally occurring sugar that comes from fruits, dates, or other whole food sources. I’m talking about unnatural sugar.

It’s best to steer clear of Sierra Mist, because for a healthy lifestyle, it is best to be avoiding added sugar whenever we can.

2 cups filled with sierra mist with a slice of lemon

Is diet soda healthier?

My answer to this question is similar to my answer to the last question, about Sierra Mist and Sprite: it’s hard to say.

If I had to be technical, I’d say that diet soda is healthier than non-diet soda. But according to doctors, diet soda is only a slight bit better than non-diet sodas—in this case, Sierra Mist.

There are tons of negatives about diet soda and non-diet sodas. Both have bad ingredients and sweeteners. The main difference is that diet sodas have sugar substitutes. So, if you think that drinking diet soda is a healthy habit, unfortunately, that’s a myth.

Try to avoid both diet and non-diet sodas, especially ones with high-fructose corn syrup. Try foods and drinks with natural ingredients, over sodas.

What is the healthiest soda to drink?

According to many professionals, Sierra Mist is one of the healthiest sodas, because Sierra Mist has 35 mg of sodium, 37 grams of carbohydrates, and real sugar. Also, Sierra Mist does not have high fructose corn syrup, and it has more natural flavors, which is good.

However, just because Sierra Mist is marginally better than other sodas, doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to drink.

How many sodas a day are ok?

At the most, drinking 24 ounces of soda is okay.

This means that drinking around two cans of soda a day is the maximum amount that you should consume. As we’ve already discussed, it’s best if you don’t drink any soda at all, but as you try to cut down on soda, try to make it so that you’re only drinking around two cans a day.               

What is a good drink to replace soda?

If you’re a soda drinker, then the chances are that you like to sip on a drink throughout the day. The good news is that there are drinks that you can sip on, that aren’t as detrimental as sodas are.

Here is a list of things that you can drink instead of soda:

glass with water, blueberries and lemon

How do I stop craving soda?

Here’s the question that everyone wants answered: how can I stop my soda addiction?!

I get it.

Soda is something that a lot of people crave, so if you’re a soda lover, you’re probably eager to learn how to stop craving it so badly. There are plenty of things that you can do to reduce your cravings for soda and artificial sweeteners, so let’s walk through a list that should be helpful.

  1. Reduce the amount of non-diet sodas that you drink, by integrating diet sodas into your diet. Sure, we’ve discussed that diet sodas are still unhealthy, but it’s a good step to get you less reliant on sugary drinks.
  2. Once you’re okay drinking diet soda, begin eliminating a few diet drinks from your diet. Once more time goes by, cut down to zero diet drinks. You can do it, if you do things incrementally.
  3. If you’re having trouble, try drinking zero calories drinks, like flavored water or other seltzers. This will help to reduce your cravings for soda, because you’re going to be craving other, healthier drinks instead.
  4. If you’re someone who relies on the caffeine that comes from sodas, try drinking tea or coffee instead of soda. With tea and coffee, you’re going to get caffeine, but you’re not going to be getting the sugar that comes with sodas like Sierra Mist.

With these steps, you’re on your way to cutting out soda!

Final Thoughts

If you’re trying to cut out soda, then I commend you! It’s incredibly hard to make a step this big. And it’ll pay off in the end, because your chances of health problems, heart disease, tooth enamel problems, high blood pressure, and more will decrease, if you don’t have Sierra Mist or Diet Sierra Mist.

If you’re skeptical that you can do it, know that you’re making the right choice. Eliminating soda from your diet is important if you want to live a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss and a healthier lifestyle is attainable, if you eliminate sodas.

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