So how bad are these drinks for you? Carbonation, artificial sweetener, and absolutely delicious. Whenever I was cutting weight for a competition I'd take these out of my normal routine, but as of late I've done away with them completely. I've always been a fan of drinking at least one a day, but decided some restraint was in order. Am I really doing myself any favors or just causing unnecessary self-deprivation? There's no need to mention that drinking water is more beneficial, lets just work under the assumption that whomever is drinking theses beverages has a healthy intake of water as well.