Diet Soda...YIKES!!

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Bird Fancier

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Posted: 16 Jan 2012, 14:25
I came across this article about "artificial sweeteners". This really scares me. Like most Low Carbers, I have been replacing my soda with "diet" soda. However, this article really made me rethink my choices. Also, I have had a -50 lb success using the Advantage Shakes, which also contain "sucralose". I have decided to do away with my diet sodas and to drink Advantage Shakes sparingly. I wonder if Atkins will consider changing their formula to using Stevia? Please read the link and then tell me what you think!

http://www.womentowomen.com/healthyweight/splenda.aspx
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Bird Fancier

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 15:20
I have reaffirmed my goal to stay away from diet soda. I will try to only drink/eat sucralose products when I feel like I may go off the plan. So, I have a couple of 4 pack of ATKINS drinks and some bars for emergency.
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dreamer0929

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 15:41
I am also working toward giving up diet sodas..after I haver learned and read about how bad they are for you. I am also giving up artifical sweeters all together for a while to see if they help with my weight loss.
mikefarinha

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 15:56
I've given up diet sodas for a while now. It's hard!

I do have some sweet food daily and I alternate between splenda and raw stevia and honey. I don't think even these artificial sweeteners are all that healthy but I've decided to use up my supply and then just rely on more natural sweeteners like raw honey.

It is my personal feeling that the atkins bars & shakes work good as a temporary/transitional food replacement until you can figure out how to do a whole food/low carb diet.

-Mike
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fredmugs

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 16:11
I pound down several Diet Mtn Dew's a day and I have none of these side effects. I'm sure anything artificial or engineered in a lab is probably not good for you. That article didn't do enough to get me to change my habits.
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Ingria

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 17:40
Sorry, I just could not resist, though Mtn Dew would probably be my poison of choice, if I had no other options but to select between different sodas.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-mountain-dew-really-dissolve

I use Coca Cola to clean glass shower doors, and have not found better product so far. It does not produce a lot of chemical fumes in addition to working very fast and efficiently on soap scum. However the better it works on my shower doors, the less I want to drink it Smile
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fatoldlady

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 19:31
Do you think it would work on tiles as well....hmmm probable stain the grout.
crazymoon

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 20:39
I used to drink - no lie - approx 2 litres of diet pepsi a day. I stopped drinking it about 2 weeks ago. I miss it. I probably drank that much for a good 4 years.. I didn't notice anything bad happening. But I stopped because of what I read and what everyone says. I think it would be ok to have maybe a glass once a week or so. Do you think that's bad??
gnat824

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Posted: 17 Feb 2012, 21:15
Crazymooon, I've cut down on what I drink by quite a lot over the last year or so but I still wouldn't hesitate to have some once in a while. Some people have a "no tolerance" policy about that kind of thing so it's all a personal choice. There are so many people out there that do drink that much that I think we'd know by now if it had catastrophic effects. I do believe it does have other impacts on glucose and other hormones, though- it's just a matter of whether or not you notice them.
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fredmugs

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Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 14:08
Nice link! Could explain my less than sparkling white teeth even though I have never smoked. Actually drinking a Diet Code Red at the moment. Smile
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Bird Fancier

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Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 16:24
I guess I am mostly concerned about Aspartame. Read this:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx
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fredmugs

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Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 20:17
I seem to recall that when they banned saccharine in the 70s it was because they fed an insane amount of it to rats and they developed cancer.
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inna233

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Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 20:25
It's truly a helpful piece of info. i am glad that you shared this helpful information with me, keep on it.
Bird Fancier

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 14:40
Got this off draktinsdietplaninfo.com

Sucralose, saccharine, cyclamate and acelsufame are allowed on Atkins diet list. Natural sweeteners such as maltose, fructose should be rejected. Saccharine appears to be dangerous only in high doses. Atkins’ diet is very favourable to sucralose which is derivative from sugar, is noncaloric and does not induce a blood sugar increase. Aspartame is not advised, from Dr. Atkins’ point of view, since medical observations have evidently suggested that it slows down weight loss.

Though some of the artificial sweetenerswere allowed by Dr Atkins, more recent research suggests that the natural product stevia is a preferred choice.

So, at Whole Foods they have sodas sweetened with Stevia. Expensive, but I will get some for the days I just have to have a pop.
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Bird Fancier

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 14:42
Here is link to pop, check out the section for coupons too:

http://www.zevia.com/cola
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InclineD

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 15:01
I couldn't of imagined not drinking a caffinated soda 2 months ago, but after starting a juicing(jack lalane juicer) regemine I don't think I could ever go back. The last sodas I drank were the remnents in the fridge from new years eve. Those last few diet cokes just didn't taste right after starting to take in good carbs by way of juicing them. Good riddens! Forever!
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asagohan

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 15:14
My go to for 'healthy' soda is Izze. when you compare the grapefruit flavor to alot of nonwater drinks, it starts to look ok, but i limit myself to two a week, during my japanese class.
Bird Fancier

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 21:18
Hai, wakarimasu.

Uh oh...Izze grapefruit has 29 sugars and 31 carbs per bottle. This may taste delicious, but it is not for people following ATKINS. Do they make diet?
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Ingria

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 21:57
It is not for Atkins, but I usually mix a quarter to half glass of fruit juice (preferably freshly made, but bottled is OK too), with sparkling water, and ice. It is much less sugar, enough flavor, at least some vitamins, and very refreshing. It is not even about nutrition, I just prefer the taste to that of soda.
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mikefarinha

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Posted: 20 Feb 2012, 00:16
An easy but pricy swap is to buy some kombucha. It is a fermented drink (not carbonated but the same effect... don't shake it!). You can find it in most grocery stores, at least in my area of northern california.

Since it is fermented it has probiotics like yogurt. And unsweetened fermented foods can usually be counted at 50%-70% of their listed carbs since the bacteira already digesets many of the sugars in the food/drink.

-Mike
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