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  • The Truth about Diet Soda

    24 posts, 20 voices, 1855 views, started May 4, 2009

    Posted on Monday, May 4, 2009 by Vikki Hall

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      3 ways diet soda can make you gain weight

      About 50 percent of U.S. women guzzle calorie-free sodas, but are they really good for your diet?

      Well, kind of. If you sip a Diet Coke instead of regular soda, you‘re trimming about 100 liquid calories per can. But as with most diet promises, there’s a catch. If you drink these “guilt-free” beverages regularly, they might actually cause you to pile on pounds.

      Artificial sweeteners found in low-cal soda can be up to 600 times sweeter than their white counterpart, sugar. Sweetness, regardless of where it comes from, increases your craving for sweet foods—and calories.

      Chugging soda all week can also make you forget about healthy drinks. If you‘re drinking more than three diet sodas a day, you‘re not getting the benefits of other liquids, like water or tea.

      Instead of nutrients, here’s what you get from diet soda: a host of artificial ingredients. Aspartame, which is 180 times sweeter than sugar, can cause some side effects, such as headaches and mood changes.

      The solution: Drink a glass of water for every soda you down. If you drink the good stuff whenever you indulge in the bad stuff, you’ll stay hydrated and your soda cravings will subside.



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          Vikki Hall wrote May 4, 2009
        • I don’t drink diet. I usually stick to the regular if I’m going to have it. But I know a lot of women who like diet POP (yes I said pop) and thought I would share this.
          The part about drinking a glass of water also applies to coffee.



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          Mztracy wrote May 4, 2009
        • YAY Vikki!! So true.

          I read an article once that stated the ‘fake’ sweeteners actually turn into bad sugars in the body so in the long run they are not ‘diet‘.

          Aspartame and artifical sweetners have been linked to autoimmune disorders symptoms as well. They will not give you one, but you will get symptoms of one. Scary....



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          Stephanie Lawrence wrote May 4, 2009
        • Thanks for sharing. I will usually drink 1 diet Dr.Pepper per month, but now I think I will stick with my flavored water



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          Susan Dahringer wrote May 4, 2009
        • Good morning Vikki  

          Thank you for sharing with us.

          Susan



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • Ok girls, got to admit it, I’m addicted to diet soda. Will try to drink a glass of water for each as advised. I’m sure it will help my dry skin.



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          UK Girl wrote May 4, 2009
        • The biggest thing I have noticed about the US is the sweet taste of food - don’t get me wrong I have a big sweet tooth but your milk, bread tastes sweet - sorry but it does.

          Plus how much pop / cola/ soda you drink I can say in the UK women of our age don’t drink as much as you as we didn’t have it at home - its a youth problem  

          I cou;dn’t drink a whole can of cola/soda/pop if you put a loaded gun at my head plus it’s not thirst quenching  

          Have a cuppa (tea)



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          Vikki Hall wrote May 4, 2009
        • Vicki you are too funny! Making sure you get all the regions covered. What do you call pop?

          I’m trying to get to the point where I am not saying I am in the process(again) of kicking my coca cola habit. And I actually do drink water for every coffee/pop/alcohol I drink.

          I do drink a cup of tea daily in the afternoon... always have...makes a nice break form the usual.



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • I am originally from Illinois and would say pop. When I moved to Kansas and said pop, everyone would ask what I was talking about, so I had to switch to saying soda.



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          UK Girl wrote May 4, 2009
        • Ok British translations :

          Pop = fizzy drink usually bright orange/ blue/ green filled with additives- a nasty drink children love and usually has them bouncing of the roof after a quick swig - read Vicki gives to neices ...

          Cola = Coke or Pepsi .....

          Soda = is something you add to gin, whiskey, vodka .... you don’t drink it neat .....



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          Mjmurphy wrote May 4, 2009
        • Thank you Vicki. If I ever get to visit the UK they may not know too much that I’m a tourist.



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          Wittymom wrote May 4, 2009
        • So I gather I’m safe with my one can of regular coke per day? estatic



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          007pouty wrote May 4, 2009
        • I’ll stick to my water.  I do drink sweet tea but have cut down to 1 or 2 glasses a week.frown  I do so love the tea!



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          Missyru2 wrote May 4, 2009
        • I love soda but realizing how much sugar is in a can kind’ve turned me off.  But, if I’m going to have soda, I have the real thing.  I just limit it to one or two a month.

          Also, I drink fizzy water which kind’ve gives me that carbonation that soda has and I’m actually happy.  

          I agree, nothing’s better than fresh brewed iced tea.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 4, 2009
        • I never developed a taste for soda/pop. My mom never bought it when I was a kid. I drank water, my sister drinks iced tea. I still don’t have much of a taste for soda/pop and can’t drink a whole can myself. Diet or regular.



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          Jenni0811 wrote May 4, 2009
        • Diet soda is an addiction I have struggled unsuccessfully to kick since the first one, Tab, appeared on the market. I know all the research...yet I still reach for one or two on a daily basis..... Don’t know what it will take to make me quit.



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          Dbennett59 wrote May 11, 2009
        • I kicked the soad/diet soda habit 5 years ago at the same time I quit smoking. I lost several pounds within 2 weeks, and don’t miss the soda at all, unless I need something to mix the whiskey withestatic



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          Angelcart wrote May 11, 2009
        • I love coke and sweet tea.  I don’t buy into all those products that say “made from real sugar but it’s not sugar“.  I grew up on Imperial Sugar and still use to this day.  Besides, it you consume in moderation then it shouldn’t be a problem.  Just my opinion.



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          Leah Curry wrote May 13, 2009
        • I just joined this group because I need to start losing pounds. I drink one diet soda a day maybe two. I have a question which is what about diet tea - does it the same issues as diet soda?  

          I admit that I need to drink more water.

          -Leah



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          Denise Richardson wrote May 13, 2009
        • tongue outtongue outtongue outtongue outOK Vikki, kill me now!tongue out I have a problem of letting go of the sodas and yes I do agree they have helped aid me in my weight gain. Hellllllllllllllp!!! I need therapy for soda pop addictions.



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