Health Scam of the Year: diet cola causes weight gain and BG spikes.

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2011-12-20 13:45:46 -0600
Started 2011-12-19 03:12:32 -0600

Diet cola causes weight gain and BG spikes according to this article. See the full story by following the link.

24 replies

w8chd 2011-12-20 07:53:47 -0600 Report

Definitely an interesting article. Personally I disagree with it. I don't believe things have to be "healthy" all the time. And what is healthy or not is up to the individual using the product. I choose foods based only on my taste for that food not because it has been labeled "healthy/unhealthy". For every so called "expert" who says something is unhealthy, you find one who says it is just fine.
The only parts of the article that are of any interest to me is about diet sodas and salt. I don't believe all the hype about the "evils of diet soda". To my knowledge I have never gotten a bg spike from diet soda. I drink about two quarts of water a day and about a quart of diet soda as well. And there are days now and then the diet soda replaces the water entirely.
Salt is salt. I use as much salt as I wish according to my personal taste.
As far as the rest of the article… I rarely drink juice, yogurt (yuck!), the rest arte either not used or not often enough to be an issue.
In a nutshell, you have to make your own mind up as to which banner you want to follow.

Caroltoo 2011-12-20 10:54:11 -0600 Report

Much of what you say, I think most of us would agree with. I've done cola with sugar, cola with chemical sweeters, and now haven't had any for about 5 years. That was a personal choice not based on any of these arguments. It is an individual choice and opinions range all over the spectrum. Diversity is food for thought though because there is usually some shade of truth in each arguement. Then we sort it out for ourselves. Being informed abou the reasons for others beliefs is an important part of reaching your own informed decisions.

Young1s 2011-12-19 14:43:14 -0600 Report

Thanks Carol. This was eye opening. I'm glad that I'm so set in my ways that I didn't beleive the healthy food hype, so to speak. However, there were a couple of things that I found interesting. Take the Greek yogurt for example. I get that the added fruit can raise the sugar content but to be that much higher than milk is craaazy. Then there's the Sea Salt, which my mom cooks with it all the time. I guess I'm going to have to burst her bubble on that one, but it makes sense. Just like with the different types of sugars, the body only identifies it for what it is, not where it came from. But, I don't care what they say, I stand by my EVOO. :) Have fun tonight.

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 14:52:16 -0600 Report

Yes, I had to think about that a little too. I use sea salt when I use any, but that is so infrequent that I'll probably never again have to buy salt. So…decided that wasn't a real issue for me.

The yogurt surprised me too. I use and like Greek yogurt so have no intention of changing. I use Oiksos in the plain and another, whose name slips my mind at the moment, in the pomegranate flavor. I cook with the plain or add blackberries to eat it as a dessert or snack.

Yes, looking forward to dinner.

jayabee52 2011-12-19 14:52:04 -0600 Report

I have been contending that salt is salt (no matter where it is from) on DC for a couple of years, but some ppl just won't hear of it. Not worth fighting about it!, so I don't.

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 15:00:32 -0600 Report

So when we are talking about the salt flats in Utah or around Barstow, CA, are we really talking about deposits left by premoridial seas?

Chemicaly, I agree, NaCl is NaCl regardless of the source. My concern was more to the issue of any other chemical impurities that migh be present because of the mining process. I switched over to potassium chloride for a while when my cardiologist said to really minimize salt use, then went to nothing. Now, I use the occasional light pinch and season mostly with herbs and spices.

jayabee52 2011-12-19 15:35:55 -0600 Report

I cannot use the potassium chloride in that my kidneys can't clear potassium well from my body. I rarely use any salt at all. Haven't for years!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 13:09:50 -0600 Report

Verrrrry Interesting!! Some of these things I have heard of, but some I did not. Just goes to show you, yet again, we can't take their word for it, we need to educate ourselves. Thank you for sharing this so we all can get educated! There were some good links from this site that I found interesting.
Thanks again!
Have a Blessed Holiday,

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 13:50:12 -0600 Report

Definitely some good stuff to think on.

I didn't know until reading this that going gluten-free was a fad right now. I was just dealing with my reality and celebrating that there were so many more gluten free products available. I still can't use many of them, because they have switched from a gluten containing grain to rice which is still my diabetic no-no, but there are some that are soy and others that are quinoa and corn blends which are good substitutes for the fiber missing in many of the other products.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 15:15:25 -0600 Report

Seen on the news just the other night about the gluten free fad. Tell ya, if it's not one thing it's another!!

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 15:17:56 -0600 Report

Can't imagine why anyone would go to the trouble of this diet if they didn't need to. It's downright masochistic to deprive yourself of pasta and whole grain bread.

jayabee52 2011-12-19 11:08:33 -0600 Report

Thanks Carol. I did as Gabby suggested and checked out all the scams. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 11:55:58 -0600 Report

Yes, there is lots of good information in there. There's also some (gluten-free in particular) that I think is mispresented as only a fad, which may be true, but overlooks the fact that there are some legitimate medical reasons why it is a necessary choice for some of us.

jayabee52 2011-12-19 12:03:11 -0600 Report

I read the part about Gluten free foods where they said something about it being necessary for celiacs and gluten intolerants. I also understand that this slideshow was intended for the general public not necessarily focused on PWDs or people with Celiac. So for the general public who may have no dietary restrictions it IS a hoax to claim health benefits for a Gluten Free food.

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 12:25:57 -0600 Report

Could be, James, for some, but I find the comment that I've read in more serious works concerning…that is that 97% of the people who are affected don't know it. That's worse than the stats on diabetes.

GabbyPA 2011-12-19 08:14:09 -0600 Report

Actually, check out the entire list of SCAMS. This is a great slide show that shows some light on everything from gluten free to sea salt. Read all of it, not just the diet soda slide, you'll be glad you did. Well, maybe not glad, but at least enlightened.

jayabee52 2011-12-19 11:07:00 -0600 Report

I did, Thank you Gabby. I had already been clued in to much of the scams but I did learn a little bit.