Diet definitely does not mean sugar-free, and sugar-free or no sugar added, does not mean diet or low calorie. Light, doesn't always mean lower calorie (it can even mean light in color, in some foods).
If you're not sensitive to sugars, 4 g of sugar is only 16 calories, so it definitely could fit well into a weight loss or maintenance plan, so "diet" isn't necessarily an unfair description. Usually I don't respond too severely to sugar at that low a level, but since there are so many good sugar free zero carb sodas, I would select those over one with cane sugar or HFCS. Sugars, even natural sugars in fruit can trigger intense carb cravings for me, but usually not at the 4 carb or less level. It all just means you've got to read labels carefully, educate yourself about ingedients and additives, pay attention to how they may affect you personally, and make informed decisions.
Last edited by kaplods; 03-23-2009 at 04:03 PM.