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Are you addicted to diet soda?

By October 23, 2008 - 10:08am
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I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with diet soda my entire life, starting with Tab (there I go, dating myself) and flirting with a lot of others before I settled on diet Coke as my must-have.

I have, several times, quit caffeine entirely, only to go crawling back at some point, sometimes months later, to diet soda. (I don't drink coffee.) Sometimes it's just one a day, othertimes more.

How bad is diet soda for us, really? Am I in denial? Is it sometime I should try to cut out permanently?

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I feel you! I'm all about diet soda. In fact I recently went on a diet and tried to lose thirty pounds by dieting exercising and drinking only water. Well by day two I was getting headaches and feeling sick. I wasn't eating too little or exercising too hard. My doctor said I was going through withdraws of the caffeine! I always get on to my husband about his smoking addiction but i seriously think I have one too.

January 7, 2009 - 10:23pm
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I'm not a fan of pop, although very occasionally and ice cold regular Coke with a wedge of lime hits the spot!

I think the biggest turn off for me with regular pop is all the sugar. I can't stand the taste of diet pop, like Alysia said, it has an odd aftertaste to me. And there are chemicals in diet pop that are unnatural for the body to break down. Like almost anything edible, I eat a little of the real thing (butter, cheese etc) and avoid the 'diet' versions as they just taste wrong!

However, I do know people who are 'addicted' to diet pop. They cringe at the thought of giving it up and consume several bottles or cans per day.

And I think it's fair to say I am somewhat addicted to coffee and tea. The mere thought of not drinking coffee in the morning is just panic-inducing to me!

October 24, 2008 - 1:12pm

When my mom comes to visit, she brings her own sodas because she knows I don't buy any. I rarely ever had any in the house when my kids were growing up, either. I did however, sometimes have tonic water, club soda or ginger ale to add to fruit juice to make punch for parties.

I think the reason why I never craved soda is because it doesn't taste good to me. Diet soda seems to have an odd aftertaste that I find unappealing, as well.

Yet, there are so many people I know and work with who can't get through a morning without their soda. I think it's either the sugar or caffeine they crave, but don't want something hot like a cup of coffee or tea. Admittedly, there are times when I feel as though it takes a cup of coffee to wake me up, especially after lunch when I'm feeling a drop in my sugar level.

There are studies showing benefits of caffeine, however, making people take notice.

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October 23, 2008 - 7:04pm

There still is no conclusive evidence that artificisal sweeteners found in diet soda is harmful. THE FDA's "acceptable daily intake" (ADI) for the most popular types of sweenetners is, "100 times less than the smallest amount that might cause health concerns." (source: Mayo Clinic).

For instance, you can consume up to 50 mg per kg of aspartame, which is the sweetener most likely in your soda; the equivalent to 18 to 19 cans of diet cola.

There has been some growing evidence regarding drinking sodas (diet or regular) and weight gain.

Caffeine in moderation has also not shown any harmful health effects, either.

This is all to say that there have not been any conclusive studies (to date) demonstrating harm in drinking a soda or two, or a cup of coffee or two, on a daily basis. However, all of these studies agree that there is no health benefit in drinking sodas, either!

October 23, 2008 - 12:22pm
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