Is clear soda better than dark soda health-wise? 

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Yes, clear soda is somewhat better for you than dark soda. Clear soda typically does not contain as many ingredients that could harm you. For example, clear soda is less likely to contain caffeine or high fructose corn syrup. It also does not have any artificial coloring in it. Caffeine can cause an increase in heart rate. If you consume too much, this can certainly be harmful to your health. Phosphoric acid, which can be found in dark soda, can be harmful to your kidneys. In fact, drinking dark colored soda can increase your risk of kidney disease. Even though clear soda is slightly acidic, it still has less than dark soda. Both types of soda are not good for you so it is truly best to just stay away from both.