Diet Pop...Your Opinion, Please!!!

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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 21:09
Hi everyone, I was wondering what your opinions are concerning diet pop. I understand how important it is to stay hydrated, but truth be told, I absolutely hate drinking water.
I've attempted to do lots of research about the truth behind diet pop, about how "they" say the artificial sweeteners in it will about half kill you (doesn't everything?) and I'm just wondering what you guys think. If it is truly a calorie-free item, why does it get such a bad rap? The closest scientific reason I can come by is that the artificial sweetener causes a reaction in the body and brain that makes a person crave sugar like crazy. Apparently the body gets a taste of the artificial, takes it as real sugar, and you end up over-compensating by overeating??? I's very confusing.
What's your thoughts? Do you guys drink it? If you're able to fight the urge to over-compensate by drinking and chowing down lots of sugary stuff (like I've luckily been able to), does it make it alright?

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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 21:20
There is a lot of water in diet pop. Nothing wrong with it.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.

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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 21:36
I drink a ton of diet soda without a problem. But I also drink a whole lot of pure water - I love the stuff.

Maybe it is something you could learn to love?

Try sipping frequently instead of taking big drinks. If you are okay with sodium, try mildly salty snacks to help get you into the habit of pure water.

Or how about using those flavoring packets. Start off full strength and gradually reduce how much of the packet you use.

You might experiment with the temperature of the water too. From super cold to tepid room temp.

How you drink it might make a difference. From the bottle or in a glass of ice. With a straw or without a straw.

Good luck.


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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 22:00
The flavoring packets really helped me wean myself off soda. I now drink only water, which is amazing because I was such a dedicated soda drinker.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 05:40
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 06:32
One can of diet cola a day has been linked to a 43% increase in the chance of stroke

The regular ones do not show the same risk

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 06:36
Aspartame = poison or a toxic substance,
that is my opinion based on years of reading research and learning of just how it was okayed by the FDA. I wouldn't consume anything with this in it.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 07:22
The joys of Aspartme and the health issues it has been linked to

blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
decreased tears
trouble with contact lenses
bulging eyes

tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment

epileptic seizures
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
severe tremors

severe depression
personality changes

palpitations, tachycardia
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure

diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
abdominal pain
pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
menstrual changes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
severe PMS

frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection

Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
peptic ulcers
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
severe depression
aggressive behavior
suicidal tendencies

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Grave’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

These are not allergies or sensitivities, but diseases and disease syndromes. Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed because aspartame symptoms mock textbook ‘disease’ symptoms, such as Grave’s Disease.

Aspartame changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, blocking or lowering the levels of serotonin, tyrosine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Therefore, it is typical that aspartame symptoms cannot be detected in lab tests and on x-rays. Textbook disorders and diseases may actually be a toxic load as a result of aspartame poisoning.

Ever gone to the doctor with real, physical symptoms, but he/she can’t find the cause? Well, it’s probably your diet, your environment, or both.

Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. The Aspartame Detoxification Program demonstrates the most effective way to reverse disease symptoms is removing the underlying cause - aspartame.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 07:54
Please hear me. Soda is an acquired taste. Diet soda cheats your body of the sugar and your body will know it. Your body will still crave the sugar and force it from your hands to your mouth some other way. Do you like sweetened tea? If so, switch to sweetened tea and over a couple of weeks cut down the amount of sugar in it till there's none. I drink water and unsweetened tea. I got away from soda and never miss it. I now like water. Don't waste your precious calorie allowance on stupid ole drinks.

I haven't drank soda in prolly 10 years now.
Hang in there!

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 08:09
The government and the FDA are the biggest drug dealers in america, It is nothing but big business to get you hooked , they ok these products then sell you BS that's it's okay for you and 'approved'.... then the drug companies get to stay in business by your dr diagnosing and prescribing all those wonderful drugs that never cure the problem because you're still drinking that garbage.
Eat natural healthy foods, experiment with different flavours in water. I don't consume sugar but i would take it over aspartame anyday.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 12:38
I found that what I wanted out of soda was the carbonation. When I feel like that I drink mineral water (like Perrier) and maybe add some lemon or mix it half and half with infused water (I make myself). Takes the craving right away and I drink a lot more water now.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 13:02
Artifical sweetners still raise your insulin levels so that's why I avoid drinking diet soda.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 13:34
If you want 'healthy' pop then buy a sodastream. Gas up your water for the fizz and mix it with fruit juice or any liquids you are happy with, or just on its own. That way you control what's in it Smile

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 14:21
asagohan wrote:
The flavoring packets really helped me wean myself off soda. I now drink only water, which is amazing because I was such a dedicated soda drinker.

Same here. I don't think Anything is truly zero calories. I think the sodas get bad press because research indicates it subconsciously entices some to overeat. I think all things in moderation will allow for a soda now and then but now that I drink water I really don't care for the taste of any soda, diet or not. It's what you get used to and what you choose to keep or give up.
I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.

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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 19:47
I think I do better weight loss-wise without them. I weaned myself off of them over a couple months. Now drink water and herbal ice tea with a little stevia in it. I'm not sure that stevia is any better metabolically but at least it is not a processed chemical.
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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 19:51
Cola type drinks are hard on your kidneys. Personally, I don't want to drink anything that can dissolve rust. Drinking soda is more of a habit than anything.

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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 19:59
Stevia is way better for you, does not affect your insulin and has just been approved as a sweetener and recognized in many countries now. a wonderful natural plant but very hard to get your head around 'just use one drop'..... if you use too much it becomes bitter! but healthy natural and good!
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!

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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 20:00
Isn't there another one that doesn't affect BS? T something isn't it?

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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 21:30
I couldn't stand water and I used to gag whenever I drank it, but it's something you get used to after awhile. You should really force yourself to get used to water; it will do you good in the long run.

I'm a believer that even diet soda isn't good for you and most people would agree. I mainly drink water and tea. If I want to treat myself then I'll have fresh juice or lemonade sweetened with honey or stevia.

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Posted: 14 Jul 2013, 21:55
Okay reddarin, is that sarcasim... if so it's over my head.... i agree with some previous post.. it use to be that fizzy feelin on my tongue.. so try that, or try club soda with whatever flavour you like, mine is vodka and soda with a twist of lime... so during the week i have just the soda and lime and it's great.
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