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Why is Diet Soda bad for you?

Is diet soda really bad for you? I always thought it was just like flavored water. I dont' need or crave caffeine at all. In fact, I dont' drink anything with caffeine ever.

Wed. Jul 26, 11:39am

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read the ingredients. The chemicals in diet soda are not fit for human consumption. People who drink diet soda are too lazy to give up soda, so they try a calorie free alternative. The body has NO need for diet soda, there is NO nutritional value in it, so there is no real reason to drink it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 12:19 PM

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easy killer. it may not be ideal, but better than real soda. giving it up completely can be a longer-term goal. it's not fair to say people are lazy because they want to find a substitute.
margarine is horrible too, but no one's screaming and yelling about that.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 12:24 PM

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I don't think it's horrible for you, and it's certainly a better option than regular soda. The main drawbacks are that it's very acidic and has no nutritional value. Some people also find that the artificial sweeteners actually make them crave sugar more. Iced green tea would probably be a better option.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 1:22 PM

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it's the artificial sweetners are bad for you-many of them have been shown to cause diseases like cancer in tests. sure, they are safe in small amounts, but most americans who drink soda, diet or otherwise, don't drink small amounts. a small amount of soda would be a 12 oz can a week-as a "treat". ultimately, the artificial sweetners are "chemicals" . . .that alone is enough to make me pass on soda.

A lot of people will say, okay, what about Splenda, it's made from sugar, right? Technically, Splenda " is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. It is true that the Splenda molecule is comprised of sucrose (sugar) — except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms." Now, chlorine molecules aren't necessarily toxic to humans (depending on their stucture) but really, do you want to find out what 10 years down the road of constant use will bring?

You're much better of using real sugar in small amounts, not white sugar, but raw brown sugar, or even real maple syrup. You CAN factor these in to your daily calorie alotments and actually be more satisfied than when using substitutes.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 2:02 PM

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It's debatable as to whether diet soda is "better" for you than the real thing. There was a study I read recently on a health forum that showed a 60-70% increase in your risk of obesity if you drink just ONE diet soda on a daily basis. Just because diet soda doesn't have calories in it doesn't make it harmless. There seems to be a causative effect with artificial sweetners that increases your appetite in other areas. Net effect is that by drinking diet soda, you crave more food and actually increase your calories over the course of the day. Just have a small cup of the real thing when you're really craving it and stick to water, green tea etc the remainder of the time. Your body (and scale) will thank you for it!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 2:03 PM

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Missing an Important Point - Dental Health

Regular AND diet soda is really bad for your teeth!

Diet Soda Drinkers Beware!

Drinking carbonated soft drinks regularly can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel surfaces.

Soft drinks, which contain sticky sugars that break down into acids, adhere easily to tooth surfaces.

These acids can soften tooth substance and promote formation of plaque, which erodes the enamel.

Enamel breakdown leads to cavities.

If erosion spreads beneath the enamel into the dentin, pain and sensitivity may result

Which may result in root canal surgery.

Because saliva helps neutralize acids and wash your teeth clean, the worst time to drink soda pop, ironically, is when you are very thirsty or dehydrated due to low levels of saliva.

The larger the volume of intake, the more impact pop has on your teeth

"Diet sodas are part of the problem. Women especially like to drink them throughout the day and between meals because they have no calories, yet the higher frequency and volume is putting their teeth at risk."

Try to:

Drink soda pop only with a full meal.

Be sure to brush and floss soon after drinking and/or eating.

Also, resolve to quench your thirst with water.

If you drink pop alone or between meals, chew sugarless gum afterward to increase your saliva flow.

© 1996-2000 DentalNotes Academy of General Dentistry.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 3:25 PM

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the person who mentioned the study about diet soda drinkers being more likely to be obese...

duh. people who are overweight probably comprise the majority of diet soda drinkers as they are the ones looking to cut their calories. so in reality, (and this is problem with most studies people quote) it's not the diet soda making people fat, it's that fat people are more likely to drink it.

to the OP...
the thing that is bad about diet soda is that it has a lot of sodium in it. look for diet has 0 cals, 0 carbs, 0 caffeine, and 0 sodium.

good luck!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 3:59 PM

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why is diet soda appealling?

why do you drink it?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 4:04 PM

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I was never a diet soda drinker until recently. I have 1 diet mtn dew in the afternoon and it fills me up and the caffeine gives me a boost. It doesn't make me eat more, it helps get me till dinner. I also drink plenty of water and it is nice to have something different. I am far from Lazy, I work out daily sometimes twice and lbs are coming off!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 4:16 PM

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i drink diet soda because i think it tastes better than regular soda. and i drink soda for the caffeine because i just don't like tea. and coffee gets tiresome after awhile.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 7:05 PM

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