So, I know I eventually need to cut out soda entirely. It’s not good for you. Citric acid and phosphoric acid, combined with carbon dioxide work together to do mean things to the calcium in your body. That plus the sweeteners (or artificial sweeteners) either add calories, or make you crave more sweet things.
That said, I have recently tried a new drink – Zevia. It is sweetened with erithritol and stevia extract. It has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It’s kind of funny when every soda flavor is clear, but I’ve found that for a zero-calorie soda it has a good taste and doesn’t have any of the artificial aftertaste that people who don’t like diet soda tend to hate.
The downsides: it’s still soda, and it is expensive. But, it might help me make a transition to move away from soda entirely.