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Diet Soda really that bad for you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 20, 2010 at 2:31 AM

I heard some CrossFit veteran hating on diet soda - are they really that bad? If so why, specifically?

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on February 20, 2014
at 07:27 PM

I don't think people have insulin spikes due to diet soda. There's a lot of debate out there, but most would tell you it has 0 effect on insulin. The real problems are A) the chemicals and B) the fact that it can keep you addicted to the "sugary" taste.

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on May 17, 2013
at 07:54 PM

I like this answer.

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:49 AM

what do you mean by fluoride free teas?

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on October 21, 2011
at 05:37 PM

this is the best answer

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on August 17, 2011
at 07:28 PM

*peppermint leaves

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on August 17, 2011
at 07:27 PM

For the most part I agree. But what about natural calorie-free substances ingested via water, such as peppermint and black tea? Perhaps not as ideal as pure water, but not poison, right?

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on April 21, 2011
at 08:36 PM

No more than Sisson. It attempted monetization of their field.

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:42 PM

I think perhaps Russel Blaylock is in need of some brain repair supplements.

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:39 PM

It is possible to avoid consuming aspartame without buying into all the psuedoscience nonsense out there.

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:32 PM

WOW. Somehow I never thought of it this way, but your sentence makes perfect sense. Thanks!

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:22 PM

YEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:11 PM

don't forget, Russell Blaylock sells a brain repair supplement for only $99 a month! Seriously guys, Blaylock is so outside the mainstream, just another doctor exploiting his title to sell nonsense.

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on April 21, 2011
at 03:08 PM

You might try making ice cubes from a favorite drink, maybe tea. Even cola might be better if you're just sucking on it for 15min in the small amount of an ice cube rather than guzzling it down. I actually haven't tried this myself yet, I've had the idea for a while but haven't gotten around to it.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Unsweetened Ice tea, high protein snack, more sleep the night before.

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on April 19, 2011
at 12:54 PM

Diet Rite is Splenda based - but it still makes me hungry, so I'm sticking to water and coffee, for the most part...

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on May 21, 2010
at 10:43 AM

Yes, aspartame is evil; it is an exitotoxin that can pass the blood-brain barrier. It is nearly impossible to find a diet soda without aspartame.

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on May 20, 2010
at 10:42 AM

yay iced black coffee!

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on May 20, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Not to mention the insulin spike that comes from the artificial sweetner that is used. See http://www.totalhealthdynamics.com/artificialsweet.htm

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on May 20, 2010
at 03:09 AM

Here here, why drink the muck in the first place? Water is a far better choice and it's FREE!

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9a3307dc00af6a76af1aa31cedf9156e

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on May 20, 2010
at 02:59 AM

first off, why are you drinking soda period?

secondly, chemicals and manufactured substances are horrible for your body to begin with. Just because the FDA approves it does not mean that it actually doesn't have side affects. Basically, the more sugar and stuff they have to take out of soda to make it "diet", the more chemicals they have to use to get it to taste "good". Here is a little exercise for you: read the entire ingredients list on a can of diet soda. First off, pick out which ingredients you could shoot, grow, or otherwise obtain by natural means. Secondly, google each ingredient that you cannot obtain naturally and read all the possible side effects of the substance, independent research, FDA reports, etc....then ask yourself if you really want to be drinking soda at all.

If this still doesn't convince you, pour some diet soda on a patch of asphalt and watch it for a few days to see what it does, soak some pennies in it too...just think that the soda is doing the same thing to your G.I. tract...

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on May 20, 2010
at 03:09 AM

Here here, why drink the muck in the first place? Water is a far better choice and it's FREE!

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on May 20, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Not to mention the insulin spike that comes from the artificial sweetner that is used. See http://www.totalhealthdynamics.com/artificialsweet.htm

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on May 20, 2010
at 08:37 PM

Anything you put in your body that is 0 calories, and isn't water, is poison.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:32 PM

WOW. Somehow I never thought of it this way, but your sentence makes perfect sense. Thanks!

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on April 21, 2011
at 04:22 PM

YEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

884de41c8ab17d8f970311f63c8f5d53

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on August 17, 2011
at 07:28 PM

*peppermint leaves

884de41c8ab17d8f970311f63c8f5d53

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on August 17, 2011
at 07:27 PM

For the most part I agree. But what about natural calorie-free substances ingested via water, such as peppermint and black tea? Perhaps not as ideal as pure water, but not poison, right?

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on May 20, 2010
at 03:29 AM

I'd be interested to see more research links on this as well.

I've read somewhere before that 6 packets of splenda/artificial sweeteners is capable of killing a substantial portion (up to 50%) of the acidophilus in your small intestine...but I'm spacing where I found it.

If that's the case, it will have a significant impact on your G.I. tract/digestion, immune system, etc.

On his Paleolithic Solution podcast Robb Wolf says most of the insulin response to food occurs from sweet tastes...elevated insulin leads to more hunger for sugar. Which could explain some things in this article... http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/96849.php

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on April 21, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Aspartame is an Excitotoxin. I recommend exactly 0 grams daily. Like MSG, it stimulates the Nervous System...

In your Pancreas this causes insulin release, which causes a drop in blood sugar, which causes the hungries...

This is one of the reasons that people who Drink Diet Soda are show to eat more food.

Aspartame may cross the blood brain barrier and damage brain cells by excitatory neurotoxicity.

Can cause an immune response causing blood vessels to become leaky, thus resulting in Systemic Inflammation. If you read here often, you know Inflammation is tied to most diseases, weight gain etc etc.

Cockblocks Leptin. Completely shuts it down. If your brain and gut cannot communicate, it makes health ridiculously difficult.

Phosphoric Acid... do you know what this stuff is? Its used for Rust removal, it DESTROYS Bones...even yours.

In short... ditch it. In the trash, and Dont look back. If you need the caffeine, go for a low fluoride tea or some coffee. You'll feel look and perform better.

More Reading:

Hannah Gardener, Sc.D., an epidemiologist with the Miller School of Medicine and project leader on the diet drink study, presented the findings at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Dr. Gardener detailed the project, which tracked more than 2,500 Manhattan (New York City) residents for approximately a decade. Ongoing examinations tracked participants' ages, daily calorie totals, exercise, alcohol use, smoking habits, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and more. Statistically speaking, those subjects who consumed diet sodas daily experienced a 61 percent higher risk of stroke and heart attack than those who abstained from the low-calorie carbonated beverages. No elevated risks of vascular problems were noted among daily drinkers of regular (sugared) sodas.


The ingredients in aspartame include aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Do you remember from high school science that methyl alcohol is poisonous to the body? When methyl alcohol breaks down in high temperatures it turns into FORMALDEHYDE and DKP (diketopiprazine). These are two highly toxic chemicals that adversely affect the nervous system.


The Dangers of Aspartame (Artificial Sweeteners Sugarfree Diet Coke Zero No Sugar Added E951)
http://youtu.be/pvFRLIjOLOU


I wanted to add, Artificial Sugars do bad things to your Gut Bacteria as well. Which is an entire other thread of why they are bad.

also want to recommend

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Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills by Russell Blaylock

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:11 PM

don't forget, Russell Blaylock sells a brain repair supplement for only $99 a month! Seriously guys, Blaylock is so outside the mainstream, just another doctor exploiting his title to sell nonsense.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on April 21, 2011
at 04:42 PM

I think perhaps Russel Blaylock is in need of some brain repair supplements.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on April 21, 2011
at 04:39 PM

It is possible to avoid consuming aspartame without buying into all the psuedoscience nonsense out there.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 21, 2011
at 08:36 PM

No more than Sisson. It attempted monetization of their field.

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on October 21, 2011
at 05:37 PM

this is the best answer

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:49 AM

what do you mean by fluoride free teas?

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on May 17, 2013
at 07:54 PM

I like this answer.

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on May 20, 2010
at 01:14 PM

There is a lot of good research out there on diet soda and why people with Multiple Sclerosis are supposed to avoid it. It speeds their already degenerating neuronal myelin. This happens as well in some to degree in high doses with normal people. Scary stuff. I enjoy my neurons the way they are :)

As well, Aspartame has a whole website dedicated to its side effects. Check it out:

http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-sweeteners.html

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on May 21, 2010
at 10:43 AM

Yes, aspartame is evil; it is an exitotoxin that can pass the blood-brain barrier. It is nearly impossible to find a diet soda without aspartame.

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on April 19, 2011
at 12:54 PM

Diet Rite is Splenda based - but it still makes me hungry, so I'm sticking to water and coffee, for the most part...

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on May 20, 2010
at 01:45 PM

Phosphates from soda may interfere with mineral absorption. Specifically iron and calcium.

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on April 21, 2011
at 03:55 PM

There are also better-for-you diet sodas out there if you don't want to give it up: http://www.amazon.com/Zevia-Natural-Diet-Soda-12-Ounce/dp/B001KUSLGY (Whole Foods also sells them)

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on May 20, 2010
at 05:44 AM

Artificial sweeteners are bad because they actually cause you to want more sugar, and carbonated beverages cause leeching of calcium.

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on February 20, 2014
at 10:55 PM

Isn't Paleo about real food. Diet Soda isn't real food. I would suggest if you are sleepy get up and go for a walk outside in the fresh air and drink some water.

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:06 PM

Save money, drink water.

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on February 20, 2014
at 04:51 PM

it'd be great to hear about rebuttals to James Krieger's stance saying the totality of the evidence shows no harm for aspartame....the only thing i can think of is that James is ignoring the fact that there is a lot of corporate sponsorship of studies on aspartabme and that lots of research findings may not be credible

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:36 PM

I am aware of all the above but sometimes... when it is hot and I am sleepy so don't want coffee, I have a diet cola.

and I know I shouldn't

What else can keep you awake in these circumstances?

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on April 21, 2011
at 03:08 PM

You might try making ice cubes from a favorite drink, maybe tea. Even cola might be better if you're just sucking on it for 15min in the small amount of an ice cube rather than guzzling it down. I actually haven't tried this myself yet, I've had the idea for a while but haven't gotten around to it.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Unsweetened Ice tea, high protein snack, more sleep the night before.

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on May 20, 2010
at 03:26 AM

I was a long-time fan of Coke Zero, thinking it'd be a good alternative to regular soda. Then I kicked the habit before going Paleo, thinking, "Why is it this stuff can be sold for 99 cents for two liters, and a single bottle of water can run $1.50?"

I had to wonder what it consisted of to be cheaper than water.

For me, it's either seltzer, regular tap water, tea, or iced black coffee.

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on May 20, 2010
at 10:42 AM

yay iced black coffee!

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