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Why is Diet Coke or Pepsi so bad for you?


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Why is Diet coke or pepsi so bad for you to drink while your dieting? Should it be COMPLETELY avoided or is it ok? I like drinking water, but am not finding alternatives to drinking diet soda without tons of added calories that are found in iced tea or juices! I go to school all day, so it is hard for me to carry around a drink, or to mix my own!

Thanks!

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It's fine.

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Diet is diet. If it has no calories then you're good to go. A lot of people will encourage you to avoid it because of the sodium in there, which causes some water retention. If you feel comfortable with it, take a gentle diuretic (water pill), which will help to rid you of the water weight. I can easily drink a 2 liter of diet coke a day...well, hence the chat name! Do be careful though, not only with the sodium, but also the caffeine. I am 19 years old and already an addict!

There is some evidence that they can slow your weight loss; mixed evidence of possible health effects of the artificial sweeteners; also if you do drink it you should be taking a calcium supplement as it can have a negative impact on calcium absorption.

In moderation I am sure it is fine, but you probably want to avoid consuming large amounts on a regular basis.  (However the study on weight loss showed just ONE diet soda per day had a relationship to slowing weight loss).  So to be on the safe side you might try to find an alternative or use diet sodas as an occasional treat.

Maybe you could buy a water bottle, carry it with you during the day, and fill it as needed.  That is what I do.  Since you already like to drink water, and you know it is better for you anyway.

The phosphoric acid in sodas actually removes calcium from the bones to neutralize the acid for digestion since calcium is alkaline in nature.  Also, the sweeteners used in diet soda's and other supplements, like the powders you add to water, have not been thoroughly evaluated for human consumption although they have received FDA approval.  Can anyone say Vioxx recall???  Just because the FDA has given its blessing, doesn't mean it can't harm you.  I would stick to water, unsweetened fruit juices and any fruit you can carry around since their water content is higher than packaged snack foods that only give you convenience.

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They're fine in moderation.  Some people are way to into bashing them and strictly cutting them out, but really, they're fine.

Moderation is key but I too am a diet coke person and decided that I needed to change that habit. I know you said you go to school all day but I would suggest trying Special K2O or Crystal Light. They are yummy and better for you than soda. They both come in individual packets which you just add to bottled water and shake, very simple and quick.

I don't think they're completely evil, but I do think too much (of anything) is bad.  And diet coke or pepsi don't have many good things going for them except for a lack of calories and the fact that some people love soda.

That said I'm truly addicted to my diet coke.  I drink the caffeine-free stuff when I'm at home, which helps with my sleep schedule since that usually means no caffeine in the evening (when I'm at home).  

What I've been doing lately is to make myself drink an equal amount of water.  If I get a diet coke, then before I can have another I have to drink an equal amount of water.  It's cut my consumption a bit, but it has greatly increased my water intake, and maybe when I get more motivated I will cut out some more.  

there is some research that shows diet sodas and artificial sweeteners inhibit weight loss as well as stimulating appetite and provoking the craving for sweet things.

Given I've lost 152 lb in 13 months while drinking most of my liquids in the form of Diet Coke (both caffeine free & regular), I'm going to have to question the suggestion that it can inhibit weight loss in all people. 
Sh!tty Research...
Original Post by danilk:

Sh!tty Research...

just sharing information.

 

as for "all people"... any research is a generalization and is going to apply differently to differing individuals.

Diet soda contains aspartame, which is linked to all sorts of diseases.
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Try Diet Rite or Diet Cheerwine!

Neither have sodium, caffiene, or aspartame

Well ideally, I think you should avoid diet soda if possible, but in case where you are in school, that can be hard, believe me, I have been there myself!

I used to drink the regular and I will every once in a great while drink a regular, but if I do have any, it's usually just one can a day.  Now this weekend will be different, as we (hubby and I) will be going to my in-laws and they always have soda!  I did tell my hubby to tell them I drink diet so they don't think they have to get the regular for me!

Anyways, that's my view. 

See ya,

~Catbird Woman~

Well ideally, I think you should avoid diet soda if possible, but in case where you are in school, that can be hard, believe me, I have been there myself!

I used to drink the regular and I will every once in a great while drink a regular, but if I do have any, it's usually just one can a day.  Now this weekend will be different, as we (hubby and I) will be going to my in-laws and they always have soda!  I did tell my hubby to tell them I drink diet so they don't think they have to get the regular for me!

Anyways, that's my view. 

See ya,

~Catbird Woman~

i think it's a personal decision about artificial sweeteners, but they won't really adversely affect weight/fat loss.

The phosporic acid in colas dissolves tooth enamel--anecdotal, but my own experience.  I stopped drinking so many soft drinks several years ago, but I think it was "too little, too late" in my case.

I do drink the occasional (read twice a year) Mexican Coca-Cola, which still contains cane sugar.  I avoid both HFCS and artificial sweeteners.

Still doesn't get rid of the phosporic acid--great for getting bug slime off windshields.

 

I stopped drinking soda of any kind for other reasons, but the biggest health reason to not drink diet soda is the phosphoric acid - it's bad for the teeth, and inhibits calcium absorbtion.  And there could be issues if you have a particular sensitivity to artificial sweeteners.

That being said, like with most things, consumed in moderation, it shouldn't be a problem.

I've tried to cut down based on what I heard it can do to your teeth. I love my teeth. I do however use those drink mix packets that are 5-10 cals all the time. I'm addicted to the Hawaiian Punch version. I only hope they are not too bad for me because I really love them.

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