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August 10, 2012 7:41 PM
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I currently drink about 3 diets cokes every day. I also drink lots of water. I started driking diet coke because it was zero calories and it gave me my soda fix. I am considering giving it up but I think its going to be tough. What are the benefits of giving it up that I can look foward to? Is it worth it?


Not just diet coke but all pop, period. There are so many dangerous chemicals in that stuff that in the long term will do horrible things to your body. My cardiologist took me off ALL pop and I feel amazing. More energy, better skin, less belching. My wife did get me some diet 7-Up today as I am sick and my PCP advised it would be okay to sip a little to help with nausea. You will feel so much better if you do.
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August 10, 2012 8:10 PM
Diet sodas actually cause you to become hungrier and have more harmful chemicals that regular sodas.
It would be better to just drink water. DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES!
August 10, 2012 8:12 PM
Here is my take on diet coke, and this is coming from the son of a chemist that worked for coca cola for 20 years, pilot, and an extremely fit father who ran 3 miles everyday after work. He had a gallstone from drinking soda even though he was healthy. I drink coke every once in a blue moon and I would have to be drunk. Otherwise just drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated. If you really are indulging bad on this then just cut it slowly or give yourself a diet coke in your cheat meal.
  24134988
August 10, 2012 8:12 PM
coke zero, for me, tastes the same...especially with lots of ice and a splash of vanilla extract, it tastes like the real deal.
August 10, 2012 8:17 PM
Has anyone mentioned what it does to your teeth? Dark colored drinks, even drinks like orange juice will discolor your teeth. I stopped drinking Coke Zero three months ago, switched to just water, and my teeth are noticeably whiter already. Hope that helps.
August 10, 2012 8:21 PM
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Has anyone mentioned what it does to your teeth? Dark colored drinks, even drinks like orange juice will discolor your teeth. I stopped drinking Coke Zero three months ago, switched to just water, and my teeth are noticeably whiter already. Hope that helps.


Fine point partner, reminds me of coffee. I don't really drink coffee anymore and just take a 200mg pill. Prolab pill has like different types of caffeine from different sources and doesn't give me a bad headache when I stop using it.
  24134988
August 10, 2012 8:21 PM
I gave up all soda, now I just drink my rum straight drinker

In all seriousness:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050613/drink-more-diet-soda-gain-more-weight
http://diet.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Diet_Soda_and_Weight_Loss
http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ASA/24788
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41479869/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

Was enough to keep me away. If I'm gonna give in to a soda--once in a blue moon--I'll just have the real thing. I feel like the weird chemicals in diet are more dangerous to me than the sugar and calories in regular.
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August 11, 2012 3:44 AM
Diet Coke has Aspartame -A sugar-replacement sweetener which is the basis of NutraSweet and Equal, and has been discovered to cause harm to the brain and nervouse system, causing anything from spasms or shooting pains, numbness, tinnitus, depression, impaired vision and memory loss to dizzyness.

Another ingredient Phosphoric Acid (this is used to remove rust in a more concentrated form), there are such relatively little and more dissapated amounts in coke, but If you are a pretty regular, heavy drinker of this, or any soda, consider using a straw, which will keep the majority of this further from your teeth, since it can cause damage to your enamel.

A new study indicated that diet soda drinkers are more likely to suffer from vascular complications.

i would stay as far away from it as u can. Its not natural and its not healthy
August 11, 2012 5:07 AM
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I currently drink about 3 diets cokes every day. I also drink lots of water. I started driking diet coke because it was zero calories and it gave me my soda fix. I am considering giving it up but I think its going to be tough. What are the benefits of giving it up that I can look foward to? Is it worth it?



I cant say anything about the benefits of giving up diet soda except maybe all the chemicals/additives in it. But i used to drink diet soda maybe twice a day and i decided to try giving it up due to all the chemicals etc ( i mean look what coke does to a car battery). I found that after about 2 weeks i didnt really crave it any more and now when i do pop open a can i cant do more than 2 sips and its just too sweet for me.
August 11, 2012 5:16 PM
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You'll notice that you look less bloated because all of the sodium in diet soda makes you retain water… Also the artificial sweeteners make you hungry as hell. You end up eating more than you would have in the first place.. GIVE IT UP!! :-)


There is between 35 and 40mg of sodium in a can of diet coke...There is about 650mg of sodium in a chicken breast....PLEASE do some research before spouting this nonsense???
Edited by astrampe On August 11, 2012 5:21 PM
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August 11, 2012 5:19 PM
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Diet Coke has Aspartame -A sugar-replacement sweetener which is the basis of NutraSweet and Equal, and has been discovered to cause harm to the brain and nervouse system, causing anything from spasms or shooting pains, numbness, tinnitus, depression, impaired vision and memory loss to dizzyness.

i would stay as far away from it as u can. Its not natural and its not healthy

Who "discovered" this?? The FDA, Canadian Food Agency, and hundreds of other government bodies who employ lots of really clever (not google clever) people to make sure we don"t kill ourselves by eating poison sure as hell did not....
  14203297
August 11, 2012 5:30 PM
Everything in moderation.

I have diet coke maybe once every two weeks as a treat. Any soda is very bad for the teeth so that's why I have it so seldom, but I don't see any reason to completely give it up.
  27011086
August 11, 2012 5:35 PM
You can now drink Pepsi instead!
  15245486
August 11, 2012 5:35 PM
Whiter teeth! or healthier teeth
August 11, 2012 5:41 PM
Too much can sure make you feel bad. I'd try to cut down to one most days--but I wouldn't kick myself for it. Might be better off dealing with eating issues first. Do you drink coffee? I started and WOW it's better than Diet Coke. Never gives you a down feeling like Diet Coke does if I get too much. When I've had enough coffee, I just don't want any more--completely unlike Diet Coke. Bit of milk in it and a tiny bit of Truvia. Coffee has MANY health benefits. I feel much better. No bad effects from coffee for vast majority of people until they exceed 6-7 cups (6 oz coffee cups) a day. And that's not everyone. Don't drink it late. You can put a cup of coffee and a cup of milk (and even add some protein powder!) and some sugar over ice--it doesn't take much sugar and you could put Truvia--and make a great breakfast drink or afternoon snack drink.
Edited by MeadowSong On August 11, 2012 5:42 PM
August 11, 2012 5:50 PM
I have three new cavities in the last 6 months and I have already spent over $2,000 on fillings so far (prior to the 3 new ones). I blame it all on soda, diet or regular. The acids in soda eat away at the tooth enamel and cause decay. Those same acids can make your blood slightly more acidic (metabolic acidosis) and cause your bones to weaken.

I'm still trying to quit my addiction. I'm down to one diet Mt. Dew in the morning but only because I don't like coffee but I like caffeine. The rest of the day I'm drinking sweetened iced green tea and I am not missing the extra soda at all.

I just don't want to end up with dentures at a young age and a hump back and a broken hip when I'm old.
  872686
August 11, 2012 6:01 PM
I am in the process of doing a 30 day challenge to be soda free, I have not had one for 11 days. It has surprising been pretty easy for me considering I usually drink almost 2 liters of diet soda a day. Someone shared with me the chemicals and mad stuff that is in diet coke. Also, a dietician told me it doesn't help in digestion of fat and that might be what is keeping me from loosing fat in the midiff area anyway I have lost 4 pounds this week and have also not use as much spendla. You have to research and do what is best for you.
August 11, 2012 10:22 PM
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QUOTE:

Diet Coke has Aspartame -A sugar-replacement sweetener which is the basis of NutraSweet and Equal, and has been discovered to cause harm to the brain and nervouse system, causing anything from spasms or shooting pains, numbness, tinnitus, depression, impaired vision and memory loss to dizzyness.

i would stay as far away from it as u can. Its not natural and its not healthy

Who "discovered" this?? The FDA, Canadian Food Agency, and hundreds of other government bodies who employ lots of really clever (not google clever) people to make sure we don"t kill ourselves by eating poison sure as hell did not....


Honestly, I don't give a crap about what the FDA says... if it ain't natural, I'm not having any of it. FDA also approved a bunch of **** like diet pills, so I literally would never cite the FDA as a credible source for anything
  21668491
August 11, 2012 10:23 PM
It cleared up my complexion and I stopped having mood swings when I shook that diet coke monkey off my back :)
August 11, 2012 10:28 PM
The benefits of giving up Diet Coke are pretty much limitless.

If you're a true soda addict I'd say gift yourself a Sodastream, buy the natural flavors, and just try to work the calories into your diet. Having to do so will have the effect of reducing how much you're consuming on a daily basis as well.

You can also buy Zevia soda from places like Whole Foods. It's natural and zero calories.
  25661298
August 11, 2012 10:37 PM
You can use the left over cans to clean off your battery terminals. :)

FYI - I had an uncle who was drinking a two liter body daily for years. He had a hip replacement and the docs told him he may have had too much and the coke actually cause loss of bone density. It might be the reason he needed the replacement. Needless to say, I have to ask if that isn't true only because of what it does to batteries.
Edited by monicalosesweight On August 11, 2012 10:39 PM
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August 11, 2012 10:43 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1184475/Drinking-cola-cause-weak-bones-paralysis-experts-warn.html

http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/soda-osteoporosis

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/198598.php

http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/soft-drinks.shtml

These are some links that might help you start reducing your coke consumption. I'm pretty much slowly getting rid of it to more of a weekly or biweekly treat (only the 90 calorie cans).

If that doesn't scare you...see this one:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035670_Coca-Cola_New_Zealand_death.html
Edited by monicalosesweight On August 11, 2012 10:45 PM
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August 12, 2012 12:51 AM
Alright, so I read about 2 pages of this thread until I needed to give my opinion, and some info.

I drink about 1-2 cans of diet Coke/Pepsi a day. Anyone talking about the sodium in diet soda having effects on your body, probably don't realize the tiny amount of sodium in each can. In a 355ml can of diet Pepsi soda there is 50mg of sodium. 50MG!! That is 2% of the suggested daily amount of sodium. In a package of Mr. Noodle's chicken flavored, there is 1200mg of sodium, which is 50% of the suggested daily intake.

Also, I have yet to see actual studies ANYWHERE, where several people have had issues because of aspartame/diet soda. I see this story here, that story there, but no actual research that suggests it is harmful, and that you should worry about it. People always say aspartame is bad, but I always ask them "whom are your sources?", they always reply "well I don't know, but they just say it's about for you. "So I say 'who is 'they?'", and they have no answer.

In conclusion I believe you should not worry about diet soda, or the aspartame that is in it. I started drinking it when I started MyFitnessPal at the beginning of June, and have dropped from 217.4lbs to 190.4lbs (27lbs). Just limiting my eating at night, and NEVER going over on any day for MyFitnessPal, on anything. Not going over on sugars, sodium, fat, calories, etc. As well as moderate exercise and weight lifting to ensure I don't lose muscle. I hope to lose another 20-25lbs to get into the "Normal" BMI section for my height (5', 11").

Oh yeah, and one more thing. I can't remember the website where I read this, I'm sure if I googled hard enough I could find it, but it was a study where they pumped aspartame into sheep (the equivalent of 30 cans of diet soda) and basically nothing happened haha. As well the reason diet soda is only 0 calories is because aspartame and all of the other sweeteners are 100s of times sweeter than sugar, so they just have to use a little amount, that ends up being under a calorie.

As well I just saw this link from monicaloosesw: http://www.naturalnews.com/035670_Coca-Cola_New_Zealand_death.html

Why would this ever scare you!?! If someone is so stupid that they drink 10 litres of diet soda a day, and smoke 30 cigarettes a day while eating barely any food, of course you're going to die! Jeepers, some people. Just eat like a normal person, drink a couple cans a day, and you'll survive.

Anyways, I hope I helped someone in there decision to either drop diet soda, or keep drinking it. That's my 2¢!

Edit: P.S. I have seen absolutely no side effects from diet soda, so anyone that has gotten cancer, died, or any other issue with diet soda/aspartame, probably has some very rare disease that they were born with that is being effected by the soda/aspartame.
Edited by jordanclark1993 On August 12, 2012 12:54 AM
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August 12, 2012 12:53 AM
Diet or not, it can have an effect on your bodies PH level, which in turn could cause issues for you.
August 12, 2012 1:01 AM
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Diet Coke has a sugar substitute, 'aspartame'. Some say aspartame causes cancer but no scientific research has proved it. If you're interested in some potential adverse effects of diet coke in the event it is a part of your "DAILY" ingestion, see below:


http://www.sweetpoison.com/articles/0706/aspartame_symptoms_submit.html


Some of the 92 long-term and immediate adverse effects of aspartame ingestion are:

Abdominal Pain
Anxiety attacks
Arthritis
Asthma
Asthmatic Reactions
Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention)
Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)
Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)
Breathing difficulties
Burning eyes or throat
Burning Urination
Can't think straight
Chest Pains
Chronic cough
Chronic Fatigue
Confusion
Death--Seroously?! Well if I die w/a siet coke in my hand..Then
I died happy! Lol
Depression
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Excessive Thirst or Hunger
Fatigue
Feel unreal
Flushing of face
Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair
Headaches/Migraines dizziness
Hearing Loss
Heart palpitations
Hives (Urticaria)
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Hysterical pregnancy
Impotency and Sexual Problems
Inability to concentrate
Infection Susceptibility
Insomnia
Irritability
Itching
Joint Pains
Laryngitis
"Like thinking in a fog"
Marked Personality Changes
Memory loss
Menstrual Problems or Changes
Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)
Muscle spasms
Nausea or Vomiting
Numbness or Tingling of Extremities
Other Allergic-Like Reactions
Panic Attacks
Phobias
Poor memory
Rapid Heart Beat
Rashes
Seizures and Convulsions
Slurring of Speech
Swallowing Pain
Tachycardia
Tremors
Tinnitus
Vertigo
Vision Loss
Weight gain
In addition, aspartame can mimic symptoms or worsen the following diseases:
Fibromyalgia
Arthritis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson's Disease
Lupus
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
Diabetes and Diabetic Complications
Epilepsy
Alzheimer's Disease
Birth Defects
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lymphoma
Lyme Disease
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Panic Disorder
Depression and other Psychological Disorders

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