Diet Soda

By Bluebutterfly Latest Reply 2015-07-31 10:29:05 -0500
Started 2008-10-14 22:14:10 -0500

Has anyone had spikes in their sugar with diet soda?I drink Diet DR Pepper .I read that artificial sweetners fools the body into thinking it is sugar and there is where the problem comes in.

57 replies

helenjmidgett 2015-07-31 10:29:05 -0500 Report

I drink the sugar free flavored carbonated waters from Wal-Mart. In the AM my DD and I split an 8-oz cup of cranberry-grape juice to take our pills and it helps keep the UTI's away. With breakfast I do a cup of decaf tea on weekdays and a cup of coffee on weekends. DD does coffee all week with breakfast.

jlively1 2012-02-06 09:35:01 -0600 Report

I noticed that drinking diet sodas puts my blood sugar levels in the toilet. I'm a hypoglycemic and diet cokes seem to be bad news for me. I've also noticed that my weight does funny things when I drink too many diet sodas. I'm thinking there might be a connection. Maybe the blood sugar going down causes weight gain?

Kathy Cook
Kathy Cook 2009-01-21 23:21:07 -0600 Report

My doctor told me not to drink diet soda. If I want soda (and I drink more than I should) I should drink the regular kind. I have never noticed any spikes in my blood sugar.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-01-22 09:48:15 -0600 Report

Here is a direct quote (which I just happened to read yesterday) from an annual report that my son's endo prepares and hands out to all of his patients.

"I again beg of you to avoid regular soda whenever possible. We already know what it does to Hgb A1c levels and to weight (remember one can of soda per day for a year can result in a weight gain of 15 pounds) but now it's shown that it may well impact the lipids that set up our patients for heart disease when they are older. Stay away from this poison!"

Now I must tell you, this doctor is about as laid back as any person I've ever met. He is no alarmist. So when I read this statement in his report, it really woke me up. And it appears to me that any doc who's telling his/her patients that regular soda is OK, simply isn't telling the truth.

2008-12-03 11:49:19 -0600 Report

There have been alot of great suggestions as what to drink besides diet soda. Let me ask, however, what about tomato juice? I see some have said that they drink V8 juice, but I don't like that. So, tomato juice, good or bad?

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-12-03 11:55:56 -0600 Report

Tomato juice is low in calories, full of fiber, and a good alternative to fruit juice. An eight ounce glass has 50 calories, 2 grams protein, 9 grams carbohydrate, and no fat. There are other nutrients, such as Fiber, Vitamins C & A, but also a high levels of sodium (if you have to watch your sodium level). These stats are from Bowes & Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, the big book that we nutritionists use even when we're retired.

caragypsy 2009-01-21 21:20:26 -0600 Report

Wow! I'm going to ask my caregiver if I could have some tomato juice.

julieswhimsies 2009-01-21 23:02:57 -0600 Report

V-8 is great stuff! As far as diet soda, who wants to drink all of the ingredients in it? It's like drinking someone's Chemistry project. EWWWW!

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-01-22 16:26:32 -0600 Report

I work in a pop factory and yes the ingredients are usually flamable or some sort of acid, sugar and lots of water. Every ingredient by itself is dangerous, but when mixed together and LOTS of water added it is not toxic just to much sugar.

BeckyJ 2008-12-01 15:31:14 -0600 Report

Never had any problems with it spiking my bg's but I have found that it makes me more thirsty. But I still won't give up my Diet Dr. Pepper & Diet Rite. Balance your soda intake with water and it should be fine. For instance if I drink a diet soda I then follow up with the same amount of water.

ancoto 2008-11-29 13:13:44 -0600 Report

I have never heard that my doctor told me if I wanted to drink soda to drink diet because it doesn't have sugar. So I have been drinking diet soda since I was diagnosed in 1999. I haven't had any problems with it.

2008-11-28 10:41:09 -0600 Report

When I found out I was a diabetic, one of the things I did to change my eating habits was to switch to diet sodas. Over the past few years I have lost 115lbs and have been able to go off my diabetic meds. My numbers have stayed under control and I personally feel that, along with changing my other eating habits, switching to diet sodas has definately been a big help. Of course, I do realize, what works for one person may not work for another. Sometimes everything is trial and error. When I had my last blood work-up done at the dr's office, I was told that whatever I was doing was working and to keep it up.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-11-28 10:30:19 -0600 Report

As I am a sceptic when it comes to most claims that cannot be proven without ajudicated research I had previously wondered how anything with no calories could cause weight gain. However, a dietitian I know recently attended a seminar at a professional conference where such a paper was presented. A group if people, matched for physical health and activity level were divided into 2 groups. Diets were controlled, and equal with one exception. One group drank artificially sweetened sodas, and were provided the additonal calories via additional carbohydrates. The other drank regular soda pop. Daily Calorie content was identical. The group drinking the diet soda gained weight.

I did not read the report, nor do I have access to the journal printing it, so I don't know if the weight gain was significant, or how large the study was. However, I was surprised. I still hold the opinion that a little soda is not going cause a person grief, but there are so many chemical reactions going on in our bodies that it's better to eat less-processed food made with natural foods, and what the total diet.

Now it's back to entertaining my Thanksgiving guests… my 6 month-old grandson and his big brother.

oetiki 2008-11-27 14:17:43 -0600 Report

Soda can hurt your bones. Well actually is the phosphoric acid, which is found in sodas, When the body breaks down this compound, the acidity (or concentration of free hydrogen ions) of the blood increases. To neutralize acidity, hydrogen ions bind with minerals, including calcium and magnesium. If they’re not available in the blood,the body draws calcium from bones. The occasional drinker probably doesn't need to worry. The real risk is for those who drink soda every day.

SkipT 2008-11-24 19:40:16 -0600 Report

The only way you can determine which of the artificial sweeteners will spike your BG is to test each one separately at 1 hour interval and then at 2 hour interval.

Also, other than the testing, you probably should not drink any diet soda or artificially sweetened drink by itself.
The artificial sweetener makes the body think that you are ingesting carbs and therefore produces insulin, but since the artificial sweetener has no carbs your body will start to crave them. Always consume some food with you diet drinks.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-10-24 12:21:15 -0500 Report

I only drink water. Haven't had pop in 4 months. I don't like diet pop, but if I do drink it its diet Dr.Pepper or diet Root beer. That's the only kinds that don't have an after taste to me.

2catty 2008-10-24 13:22:27 -0500 Report

Exactly. I agree Diet Dr. Pepper is the best. I do drink it. I feel like all that I can't have at least I can have this. I tell everybody don't mess with my D.P. It's my way of being bad without the b.g. going up.

bidget34 2008-10-23 13:24:20 -0500 Report

I don't drink or eat anything that has Aspartame in it. Most diet drinks has that in them. That stuff is poison to your system and addictive. My husband had a bad experience with this chemical being in a diet drink he was drinking a lot of.

Lee Ann - 22107
Lee Ann - 22107 2008-10-23 16:27:42 -0500 Report

I've been consuming it since it was introduced in the early 80's, and I've never had a problem. There's nothing about it that's addictive either. I've heard some people have issues with it for whatever reason (usually migraines), but it's not poison, nor is it addictive. People have bad reactions to all kinds of foods and ingredients in food products, but just because there are a handful of peoplewho have some kind of reaction (relative the majority of people who don't) doesn't mean those foods or ingredients are poisonous.

vgarrison 2008-10-24 04:40:49 -0500 Report

any food can become hazardous if you consume too much of it. Whether it be a artificial sweetener or even sometimes vegetable…(ever ate too much asparagus???)

Avera 2008-10-22 16:57:23 -0500 Report

I've never heard of this either. I do not drink diet soda. I just don't think it tastes the same as the other and I could never get used to it.

sexyswamprat 2008-10-22 15:24:28 -0500 Report

I have never had a diet soda spike my blood sugar. I personally find the taste of diet sodas horrible. I usually stick to good old fashion water.

*crystal light is very good, but here in florida it is very expensive

purplebug 2008-10-22 13:50:10 -0500 Report

i drink soda all the time. i dont like anything that is diet, so, sometimes i will drink carbonated flavored water with no sugar or cold ice water. but i have a big problem with soda

msann 2008-10-19 16:45:05 -0500 Report

butterfly, my sugar spikes with diet soda, splenda does also, but splenda cooked in food doesnt, so it just being concentrated bothers me, let me knoe ok, have great day

cajunkitten 2008-10-17 10:28:10 -0500 Report

I used to drink diet sprite and never saw a spike when I drank it. The problem I had was that the sweetners that are used in it made me sick and I've noticed a difference since I changed to regular. It didn't help with my diet either, but then neither does the regular. I found that drinking water is better.

granny60 2008-10-17 15:38:46 -0500 Report

Diet sodas always leaves a bad taste in my mouth except for diet 7up. I also drink water at least a gallon a day unless Im outside working then it is more.

caspersmama 2008-10-18 02:08:01 -0500 Report

The only Diet soda I found that does not leave that taste for me is Diet Dr. Pepper. That will be the only diet I drink. I stick with my unsweetned decaf iced tea or water with lemon.

Charish 2008-10-16 05:07:44 -0500 Report

I've had no problems with drinking diet soda and my levels going up because of it. I mostly drink water though as much as I can stand or until I get tired of drinking it, then I squeeze a lemon half into it to give it flavor. But if I do make the choice to drink a diet drink its usually Sprite, 7up, or Sierra Mist.

Hugs and Kisses


MAMA J 2008-10-16 04:59:18 -0500 Report

i very seldom drink soda but when i do it is diet. i love a&w root beer, sprite zero and dr pepper. i drink mostly water.

Lee Ann - 22107
Lee Ann - 22107 2008-10-15 10:03:56 -0500 Report

I've been drinking diet soda since I was 5, and I've never had any problems. I love it, and heaven help the person who tries to take it from me.

2catty 2008-10-25 15:33:41 -0500 Report

That is exactly the way I feel. I tell people all the time, I can't have much so don't even think about fooling with my diet Dr. Pepper.

Shell - 24493
Shell - 24493 2008-10-15 09:57:28 -0500 Report

My blood sugar never rises b/c of Splenda. It is the only artificial sweetner I use. I find that my pain levels raise it considerably though.

PAT L 2008-10-15 09:56:12 -0500 Report


GabbyPA 2008-10-15 09:03:20 -0500 Report

I have not had a sugar reaction to a diet drink, but I don't drink them anymore either. I am not a fan of aspertame or splenda, and if you read the links John posted in his comment, you will see all kinds of great input.

Yes, it does trick your brain into thinking you have had sugar, and your body gets confused. So when I doesn't REALLY have the sugar it thought it had, it triggers cravings for more carbs to make the taste and the actual intake match. Very tricky stuff. I stay away from it. There are no sugar-free products in our home anymore.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-15 09:18:02 -0500 Report

I drink Diet Coke and never had a spike. The only thing that bothers me about diet drinks is the things I read about aspertine. I'm getting to the point that I don't want to drink diet pops.

kyladee 2008-10-15 05:59:02 -0500 Report

I really like the flavored waters that Walmart offers, the're carbonated and come in lots of flavors. I've never seen a hike in my sugar level drinking things like Diet Sprite, or any of the diet soft drinks. I drink lots of water too.

DonnaAnn 2008-10-23 23:07:54 -0500 Report

becareful of some of those waters. they have a ingredient in them that makes you even more thirsty. So, the more you drink, the more momey you spend. I had read that in a health magazine, so now, i drink tap water and flavor the water with limes, lemons, comquats, tangerine slices, ect.
to get the flavoring from fruit, make sure you slice or bruise the fruit to release the juices. You will also get a good dose of vitamin C this way. And its real juice and you know it!

enigmalady777 2008-10-15 03:24:53 -0500 Report

I don't drink many diet sodas, but I do drink Crystal Light mixes all the time. Diet sodas have the same sweetener in them as Crystal Light.

I haven't seen any blood sugar spikes from it at all.

I did read a book in the early 90's about how artificial sweeteners cause your body to respond as if they were sugar, but I don't think that's the case, at least not with me.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-10-15 03:10:32 -0500 Report

There is lots of debate about artificial sweeteners. Some people think that they cause a whole host of health problems. However, I don't think anyone believes that artificial sweeteners raise your blood sugar. They trick your tongue really, not your digestive system. In other words, they taste like sugar but they don't act at all like sugar.

Here are some discussions to check out:

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-29 13:02:40 -0600 Report

I have been going through these site in the past 2 weeks. Really interesting. I cut off diet pop around August. The big difference was I not a thirsty. When I drank diet pop, I actually think it made me thirstier. Could that be possible?…Debe

Lanore 2008-10-15 01:39:12 -0500 Report

I sure hope that is not true as I love my diet soda. Not that I drink it everyday, but Dr pepper is one of my favorites. I have ever check my B/S from drinking one, so I am not sure will have to try it next time I have a soda. Lanore :-)