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September 28, 2011 6:04 PM
I've always heard that soda dehydrates you. I am drinking Pepsi and watching the Soft Drinks episode of Modern Marvels which states carbonated soft drinks are 99% water. This prompted me to do a search which turned up countless articles* that debunk the dehydration myth.

Caffeine IS a diuretic but not nearly enough to cancel out the effects of soda's hydrating molecule: H2O.

I'm not saying we should all drink soda instead of pure water. There are a slew of other things that make soda a poor choice. I love water anyway. I just like learning new things and thought I'd spread the news.

*Including this one, which concisely explains: http://controversialstand.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/hello-world/

P.S.: The article I linked to is NOT a scientific article. It states that carbonation is harmless which isn't entirely true, as it has been linked to a drop in bone density. There may be other serious flaws in this article, as well. Do a search for yourself and see what you find! I just really agree with the overall message of "soda does not dehydrate you but it doesn't hydrate as well as water."

Discuss! drinker
  4853758
September 28, 2011 6:04 PM
The same is true for green and white teas! The diuretic effects are too insignificant to negatively affect hydration. I would imagine this is true for any teas. Anyone know?
  4853758
September 28, 2011 6:06 PM
I love you.

That is all. :)
  6857672
September 28, 2011 6:08 PM
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I love you.

That is all. :)


And I, you!

All hail His noodly noodleness.
  4853758
September 28, 2011 6:10 PM
I have to drink a ton due to certain medical issues and without diet soda I would be lost.
September 28, 2011 6:10 PM
RAmen to you. :)

Wonder how many people actually know what we're talking about? drinker
Edited by HMonsterX On September 28, 2011 6:12 PM
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September 28, 2011 6:11 PM
i'm on your side! it would take ALOT of caffeine to really dehydrate and regular sodas don't....

folks here just get a little to compulsive.....balance is everything :)

drinker
September 28, 2011 6:13 PM
nope it just makes you fat
  3524478
September 28, 2011 6:14 PM
QUOTE:

I have to drink a ton due to certain medical issues and without diet soda I would be lost.


Out of curiousity...what medical issues can soda cure? It's ok if you don't want it known to the public...but I'm just a curious person LOL
  4730374
September 28, 2011 6:14 PM
i dunno, but for me, i find that when im hot and sweaty, and drink a soda, like lets say at a theme park or something, i tend to be even more thirsty than i was before. Thats not the case when i drink water though. I am by no means a soda hater though wink
September 28, 2011 6:14 PM
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nope it just makes you fat


Only if you don't account for the calories, then proceed to eat a calorie surplus.

Same for bananas.
Edited by HMonsterX On September 28, 2011 6:15 PM
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September 28, 2011 6:16 PM
Watch the movie "Idiocracy" (hey, that's my ID :))) ). 150 years from now, they use Gatorade for everything, from water fountains to watering crops. Now THAT's hydration :)))))
September 28, 2011 6:17 PM
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nope it just makes you fat


^^^ this because they are full of sugar which metabolizes into fat~
  3923333
September 28, 2011 6:26 PM
I replied to a similar topic earlier today.

Google "how large is the diuretic effect in caffeine" and there are quite a few (!!) hits.

here's the link to the thread:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/354444-does-iced-tea-water?page=2
  3140117
September 28, 2011 6:40 PM
mmmmm I was incontinent after having my twins. I couldn't go 30 minuets without my bladder freaking out thinking it was over filled and emptying. I was told there is something in coke that irritates the bladder. I seriously had to cut everything that even slightly bothers the bladder citric juices was a big one but so was any drink that contained caffeine. Normal people don't have to worry about their bladder being angry and I certainly don't listen to it now I am not urinating myself in public so while the caffeine isn't good for your bladder I don't think it is bad enough to abstain from things you want without other reasoning behind it.

Even if it is a large difference in amount in vs amount urinated and it isn't you wouldn't dehydrate if you were drinking other things as well. Soft drink (aka "pop") like most things is fine in moderation.

But like most things I find people over look the easiest way to tell if you are getting dehydrated. Take a gander at the urine and if it is coloured and smells drink more water if it is clear then your fine. If we all lived by this than there would be way less "coffee is bad for you" "am I drinking too much water" ect posts. Even if caffeinated drinks were the work of the dehydration devil you could just drink more water and still enjoy them.
  8713936
September 28, 2011 7:23 PM
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i dunno, but for me, i find that when im hot and sweaty, and drink a soda, like lets say at a theme park or something, i tend to be even more thirsty than i was before. Thats not the case when i drink water though. I am by no means a soda hater though wink


That might be because when you drink soda it leaves your mouth/throat/tongue with a phlegm like feeling afterwards. With water you don't have any other ingredients sticking to your tongue/throat.
  2135608
September 28, 2011 8:42 PM
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Watch the movie "Idiocracy" (hey, that's my ID :))) ). 150 years from now, they use Gatorade for everything, from water fountains to watering crops. Now THAT's hydration :)))))



I've never seen the movie..... and don't know what it's about, but I hope you are being sarcastic when you say "that's hydration." Drinking too much of any sports drink will throw your electrolyte balance out of wack and can cause many other problems. That being said.... if your sodium levels are too low you can drink all the water you want, but you are just going to pee it right out since there is no sodium to "bind" to and take it throughout your body.

Also.... soda/pop may not dehydrate you, but I choose not to drink it because of all the other crap in it.
September 28, 2011 8:49 PM
Caffeine in tea, soda, coffee have mild diuretic property. But then so does alcohol, and plain water. drinker
September 28, 2011 8:53 PM
It just makes you fat? Diet soda?
Edited by ladygh On September 28, 2011 8:54 PM
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September 28, 2011 8:57 PM
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It just makes you fat? Diet soda?


Check out http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/333962-do-diet-sodas-make-you-fat?hl=diet+soda
September 28, 2011 9:29 PM
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QUOTE:

Watch the movie "Idiocracy" (hey, that's my ID :))) ). 150 years from now, they use Gatorade for everything, from water fountains to watering crops. Now THAT's hydration :)))))



I've never seen the movie..... and don't know what it's about, but I hope you are being sarcastic when you say "that's hydration." Drinking too much of any sports drink will throw your electrolyte balance out of wack and can cause many other problems. That being said.... if your sodium levels are too low you can drink all the water you want, but you are just going to pee it right out since there is no sodium to "bind" to and take it throughout your body.

Also.... soda/pop may not dehydrate you, but I choose not to drink it because of all the other crap in it.

Yes, I was sarcastic. Great movie that is meant to be a sarcastic wake-up call for the future of human race.
September 28, 2011 10:35 PM
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It just makes you fat? Diet soda?


This always makes me chuckle a little. I may have been told wrong, but my nutritionist always says moderation. If you eat 300 pounds of salad, it's not that healthy anymore because you're over eating. Your body needs a certain amount of water. If you only drink diet soda for a year, I'm sure you'll have adverse effects of some kind.
  4994934
September 29, 2011 3:00 PM
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nope it just makes you fat


^^^ this because they are full of sugar which metabolizes into fat~


^^^^What they said :)
  7074904
September 29, 2011 3:05 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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nope it just makes you fat


^^^ this because they are full of sugar which metabolizes into fat~


^^^^What they said :)


Which has nothing to do with this thread! This thread is purely about hydration, nothing else.
  6857672
September 29, 2011 3:16 PM
I used to drink nothing BUT soda, so I "should" have been chronically dehydrated for many, many years.

I do feel better now that I chug up to a gallon of water a day (with diluted Crystal Light in it), but I still drink soda daily.
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