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Coke vs. diet coke

Loads of sugar vs. chemicals. I'm curious...which one is worse?

Wed. Jan 4, 1:12pm

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Well, they BOTH are full of chemicals! Aspartame isn't any worse for you than any of the other stuff in there.

I like diet better because it's less sweet-tasting.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 1:16 PM

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It depends on your viewpoint, no one can really give you that answer.

If you're drinking just a few a week, or on special occasions, it probably doesn't make much difference (though you should make allowances for the calories if you drink regular). If you drink many throughout the day, though, studies have proven that either one will cause weight gain (or loss when you stop). You're better off drinking something else and saving soda for a special occasion.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 2:50 PM

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I'm curous -- which studies?

There was one VERY hyped study last year, covered in the press as if it definitively showed that all non-calorie sweeteners triggered a physiological response in people similar to that caused by sugar. I read the original paper and wasn't very impressed: (1) sample size wasn't great; (2) experiment was done on mice only, and it's not as if it would have been difficult to do on people; (3) because it was done on mice, which don't taste aspartame (aspartame is only "sweet" to higher primates) they used saccharine, which is a totally different compound!

I'm not too credulous about studies generalizing from saccharine fed to mice in mouse chow ALL the way to aspartame fed to people in soda. Has anyone done the experiment with people?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 3:24 PM

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I'm in agreement that cutting out (or seriously decreasing) soda intake is the best bet. I was a Dr. Pepper girl in my teens and throughout college. After thinking about all the ways in which it's bad for me, and realizing that I was wasting money and that often I didn't even WANT the soda that I thought I'd been craving... I stopped drinking sodas a year and a half ago. Admittedly, I do still drink an occasional root beer, but it's very infrequent. I drink lots of water all day, and feel great.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 3:38 PM

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Neither one is good for you. My doctor told me diet coke has aspartame in it and that triggers you to eat sweets. Aspartame is not good for your liver. I was a avid diet coke drinker for over 35 years and I stopped a year ago and only drink water. I sleep alot better and my complextion looks great. Also when I went off the diet coke I got bad headaches doctor told me I was having caffiene withdrawls. I don't drink coffee so I thought he was crazy. Check out with your doctor about drinking any cola's.

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 5:31 PM

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I used to drink more soda than I do now, althought it was only diet. I find the sugar sweetened ones too sweet! I have since switched to water and tea (w/o sweetner) and choose soda occasionally when I am out- it seems to taste better out of a fountain anyway. I don't seem to miss it at all.

As for answering the original question- I would pick diet, unless you have room for all the empty calories sugared soda contains or you're sensitive to non-nutrative sweetners.

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 5:38 PM

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Personally, I vote for NEITHER as well.

I mean, the commercials tout Caffieine free diet Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, etc. to have
no sugar and no calories....

Think About it:

1) Grab a glass of water-- no sugar, no calories....
2) Add some Splenda or aspartame.
3) grab a COs cannister and inject some bubbles
4) Grab some artificial colors and dump that iin... If you want regular Coke, grab a container of sugar and start spooning it in...
5) Oh, and don't forget the No-Doz tablets if you want the caffeine....
6) Drag a cola nut through the whole thing and Voila! your own homemade diet Coke.
7) Natural flavors are usually "naturally occuring MSG"... so don't forget to add that in as well!

Sound yucky or silly? Take a moment to think about what goes into any type of pop (soda)... then ask yourself whether you want to put that in your body...

The answer should be clear....

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 5:41 PM

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I think the original poster knows that "neither" is the ideal answer. However to answer the original question of which is worse. From a Chinese Medicine/Holistic follower's point of view the regular soda is better. No one really knows the long term affects of drinking diet soda. Aspartame is a man-made sweetener. In general, the more processed something is, the worse it is for you.

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 10:05 PM

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I disagree

What's important, short-term, is your sanity. So is it better for your plan (if you're trying to lose) to have regular or diet? Of course, diet. I mean, yes, ideally we would drink only distilled water and occassional herbal tea, and eat only organic foods, and never indulge in chocolate or deep-dish pizza, but for many of us that's just not realistic. You have to make changes that are sane to you! I myself have tried eliminating EVERYTHING that might be processed, chemical, or unhealthy, but it's not do-able for me. I suggest switching to diet, and having less over time. Eventually you can cut it out altogether but the occasional diet soda is not going to make or break your health. I don't have any "studies" to back that up, but I can tell you that eliminating just one 8oz. regular soda from your day can allow you to lose up to 15lbs. in a year.
It's Diet for me.

Saturday, January 07, 2006, 10:30 PM

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I would hove to say that it is neither. I stopped drinking all pop about 6 days ago and I already feal better. I drink tons of water every day now. Now pop is not only bad for your health when it comes to the concerns of weight loss but it is also horrible on your teeth. I used to go to Lawrence Tech University in Michigan which has some of the best programs in the country including chemical engineering. They did a study to see how bad of an affect pop has on your teeth. They put an adult molar in a glass of regular pepsi and by the time they got back to it the next morning, the tooth was litteraly gone. The acid in the pop completly wiped out the tooth. The had a camera on it too and they were showing the 15 minute progress of the tooth dissapearing. I believe it took 7 and a half hours for the tooth to completly dissapear.

Sunday, January 08, 2006, 2:23 AM

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