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Is diet soda bad for you on an otherwise perfect diet?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 08, 2012 at 5:06 AM

I completely understand diet soda is as far from "paleo" as possible.

But hypothetically.. if you're diet was 100% solid, no cheats, how bad would a daily diet soda be?

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on February 08, 2013
at 12:07 AM

Zevia is sweetened with stevia but also erythritol, which is usually made from gmo corn I've heard.

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on December 09, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Amen to SWEET MISERY!

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on December 09, 2012
at 12:12 AM

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Check out this website for more information: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx

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on December 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

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on December 08, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I like the Zevia root beer and ginger ale I tried. The cola was a bit off, I thought. The advantage to Zevia is that it's expensive, so you are sure to cut back simply out of necessity.

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on December 08, 2012
at 07:30 PM

"he didnt "decide" it for someome else". hmm, yes he did.

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:57 PM

What kind of serious health problems?

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 08, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I've had the opposite experience...terribly hard to give them up, and happily I no longer have cravings for them, but when I have one once in a blue moon, usually in a restaurant, it is delicious.

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on December 08, 2012
at 01:31 PM

He didn't "decide" it for someone else. He suggested that it can be easily addictive. We of course do not all act react the same to every product. Because we are all of the species though, chemicals do generally affect us all similarly. Because the OP asks about a "daily" soda, we understand that he is describing a consistent use of the product just like Mike was, and possibly an addiction. Therefore mikes advice was perfect... That ditching it is worth it and you will not even care for the taste anymore after doing so.

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:46 AM

Let's not forget the BPA lined soda cans. I consider that a bigger issue than aspartame, or whatever sweetener they use.

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:40 AM

whether or not its addictive is not for one to decide for someone else

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:16 AM

What is the diet soda you like sweetened with? Aspertame, Splenda? I don't know how bad those would be with an otherwise perfect diet, but I do think they're better off avoided. Some diet sodas are made with stevia, if you already don't mind the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners, and it seems to be pretty harmless. Zevia is a brand I have seen at a lot of stores, but have not tried. I would personally rather drink a soda with real sugar if I had to pick. Not HFCS, but an organic cola or Mexican Coke.

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:14 AM

I guess they're saying that it can be addictive, so a daily diet soda might only make you crave more, and probably sweet things, therefore it isn't very desirable.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:36 AM

this doesnt answer the question at all.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:35 AM

way to not answer the question.

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:17 PM

If one can of diet soda a day keeps you from slitting your wrists then relax and roll with it.

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on December 08, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Anything that's bad for you (like diet soda) is still bad for you no matter what other things you're doing.

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97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

on December 08, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Yes. An ingredient called aspartame can cause serious health problems. Watch the documentary Sweet Misery for more insight.

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:57 PM

What kind of serious health problems?

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on December 09, 2012
at 12:12 AM

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Check out this website for more information: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx

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on December 09, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Amen to SWEET MISERY!

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on December 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I was addicted to diet soda for the longest time. When I first started a paleo type of diet, the thing I worried about the most was having to give up diet soda as I typically drank 4-5 of them a day! However, after several weeks of water, green tea, and BFC I noticed that my cravings for diet soda had gone away. After 30 days, I found myself drinking one just because and I noticed that it did not taste the same as before. Its hard to describe, but I had lost my taste for it. In the interim, I've found that whenever I've had a diet soda since (can count on both hands) that I have not been satisfied with the taste. Moral of the story: It's really awesome how your taste change when you start consuming only real food.

Matt
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on December 08, 2012
at 06:40 AM

whether or not its addictive is not for one to decide for someone else

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 08, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I've had the opposite experience...terribly hard to give them up, and happily I no longer have cravings for them, but when I have one once in a blue moon, usually in a restaurant, it is delicious.

B6c16d850e7305aad0507ad079ecf1d4

(232)

on December 08, 2012
at 06:14 AM

I guess they're saying that it can be addictive, so a daily diet soda might only make you crave more, and probably sweet things, therefore it isn't very desirable.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:35 AM

way to not answer the question.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

(1021)

on December 08, 2012
at 05:36 AM

this doesnt answer the question at all.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on December 08, 2012
at 01:31 PM

He didn't "decide" it for someone else. He suggested that it can be easily addictive. We of course do not all act react the same to every product. Because we are all of the species though, chemicals do generally affect us all similarly. Because the OP asks about a "daily" soda, we understand that he is describing a consistent use of the product just like Mike was, and possibly an addiction. Therefore mikes advice was perfect... That ditching it is worth it and you will not even care for the taste anymore after doing so.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

(1021)

on December 08, 2012
at 07:30 PM

"he didnt "decide" it for someome else". hmm, yes he did.

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:29 PM

I know this doesn't answer you question directly, but I think there is some reason many of us crave sweet bubbly things, fermented beverages go waaaay back, and were likely a way that we avoided food poisoning before refrigeration, and augmented and maintained our gut flora historically. So, wanting it isn't the issue I think, but whether it is acting as candy cigarette for something that your body actually wants, and you've rationalized diet soda intake as a way of doing the least harm.

Aspartame turning into formaldehyde in your body, BPA, and phosphoric acid issues aside (which I wouldn't want to underplay, but in a single daily beverage is likely not a toxic dose that you can't deal with, I worry much more about the 2 liter per day crowd), I would seriously investigate whether you felt more satisfied by a daily glass of wine or kombucha.

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on December 08, 2012
at 07:27 PM

I believe you'll survive just fine if you're otherwise healthy (assuming you can keep it limited, it's pretty addicting). "Bad" is a relative term however. There's plenty of reasons not to drink it (as mentioned by others), but in reality, the body can recover just fine from limited intake of a lot of things.

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on December 08, 2012
at 04:02 PM

YES .

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on December 08, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I'm a complete diet soda addict. In addition to aspartic acid, to which aspartame is metabolized, being an excitotixin, the acidity is a negative aspect. I've noticed visible wear on my teeth from drinking so much soda, despite the fact I always drink it with a straw and rinse briefly with a baking soda solution after drinking to help neutralize my mouth.

I think even in an extremely healthy diet, even if the aspartame doesn't bother you, the acidity will be a problem vis a vis dental health. Unfortunately it has been incredibly difficult for me to quit.

Note that flavored seltzer water has not been shown to have the deleterious dental effects of diet soda, so that might be something to consider if you'd like to have a fizzy beverage once in a while. Soda has added acid (usually citric, malic, phosphoric or a combination thereof) which is what harms the enamel, not the carbonation itself.

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on December 08, 2012
at 02:12 PM

It wouldn't really be bad at all, at least in my opinion.

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on December 08, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I remember reading a study years ago where the phosphoric acid in sodas was implicated for health problems (osteoporosis, perhaps). Is that still the case? I've not looked into any follow ups on this, but a quick google search shows that's still considered a potential risk.

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on December 08, 2012
at 07:38 PM

I try not to drink it because I think it messes up my gut flora. But I don't have any proof of it.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 08, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I don't think anyone can give you a definitive answer about how bad it is for you. It's got to be bad, but surely there are worse things.

After years & years of 5-8 cans of diet coke a day, I cut down to 1 can, and stuck with that for about 6 months. Then it was easier (but still not easy! boy is that stuff addictive) to give them up.

Also remember that if you're drinking a version with caffeine, that's a double addiction. Might help to switch to a decaf diet soda, and start getting your caffeine from a healthier source as a first step.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:19 AM

not that bad. but at least try to make your own soda

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