Diet Soda, or NO Diet Soda?

Chris Clement
By Chris Clement Latest Reply 2013-02-27 02:22:04 -0600
Started 2013-02-06 18:06:08 -0600

Question for the Diabetics, Type 1 and 2 alike: Diet Soda, or NO Diet Soda? I mean, we are supposed to cut sugar out of our diet, right? And especially garbage like high fructose corn syrup…But then, on the other side, I have “health nuts” and inconclusive case studies galore telling me I’m better off drinking that crap than I am drinking artificial sweeteners and higher sodium content found in diet soda. See, personally, I drink diet soda. I’m all about Coke Zero, Pepsi Max, Dr Pepper 10 (no thanks on ‘diet’ any of these unless that is all there is)…I honestly don’t care about the big warnings from scientist A, and the approval of scientist B. I want a soda, and I don’t want to dose for it.
Or, is this all nonsense? Shouldn't we just drink water?

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33 replies

Fefe12 2013-02-27 02:22:04 -0600 Report

I don't like diet anything. With all the label reading I do, I find it hard to do such a good job watching what I eat then put a bunch of chemicals in it. All it does is make my body unhealthy and make somebody rich. I drink sparkling waters, coffee and once in awhile a soda with suger in it but only 1cup. Plain water, I'm still learning that one.

MrsCDogg 2013-02-12 07:09:51 -0600 Report

No diet soda for us here in my household. My husband prefers decaf iced tea with Splenda. I love water and I make a pot of decaf coffee in the morning.

jimLE 2013-02-08 08:37:49 -0600 Report

i use to drink between 12 to 20 sodas in one month.but last year i started to lose intrest in sodas and started drinking more 12 sodas in one month is the most i'll drink,if that many.our freezer has a ice cube and water despenser on it.i'll refill my water bottles there untill they get to hard to keep clean.then i'll buy a new bottle of only if i could get my mom to do the same

Young1s 2013-02-08 08:49:14 -0600 Report

Haha! I have never made so many ice cubes in my life till I started drinking mostly water. Now, I feel weird when it looks like the ice tray is getting low. My children gave me a water bottle with a filter for my birthday that just past. Best gift I've ever gotten. Cool thing is they got one for my mom too. Our birthdays are 9 days apart. Btw: She's T1 and is still struggling with getting off soda. But the water bottle is helping. She is more apt now to fill that than she is to get a glass of Coke. It's all about baby steps.

jimLE 2013-02-08 09:11:12 -0600 Report

thats great.we had gotton a half gallon water piture with a filter on which i started out useing..then i bought a new line and other parts so can use the ice maker and water despenser..i was useing ice cube trays at first.then went with bags of ice..$1.07 for a bag of ice aint to bad untill you start buying 2 or 3 bags a month,and makeing trips into town for them..

Young1s 2013-02-08 04:07:53 -0600 Report

Well, I'll give you my twisted opinion. When I was diagnosed as T2, I gave up all sodas and juices. I became strictly a water drinker, with the exception of my morning tea. With that said though, I would be lying to you if I said that I didn't go back to soda on occasion. I was a Pepsi and Canada Dry Ginger Ale drinker for years. Not so much the Pepsi, but would drink Canada Dry like it was water, on a daily basis. But now mpst of what I drink is water. Funny thing is, I don't miss the other stuff. And, my hubby and kids see me drinking mostly water so they are drinking more water too. That's not to say that I've completely converted them, but I am definitely influencing their beverage choices. I'm not mad at that at all!

JSJB 2013-02-08 04:52:48 -0600 Report

I am with you. No more soda of any kinds. Just water and a morning coffee. I feel alot better and with the price of soda, I have a couple of bucks in my pocket. I also stopped the chocolate eating except on a rare occasion I might have a Reeses. I have a Lindt's dark chocolate bar 90% coco available when I get the urge for the stuff.

locarb 2013-02-07 21:35:24 -0600 Report

Ever look at Zevia? I'd be interested in the responses. Sweetened with Stevia.

jayabee52 2013-02-07 21:42:00 -0600 Report

yes I've tried it. didn't think much of it. It was a diet emulation of mountain dew. To me it tasted a bit sharp and bitter. I wouldn't go out and buy some myself. Plus if one's brain is confused by the "diet" sweeteners, the sweet tast of zevia may also set the brain into confusion and expect calories to follow. When they do not, one may well seek out carb laden foods to compensate for the lack of real sweetness.

Gwen214 2013-02-07 20:05:53 -0600 Report

I've heard that diet soda is also bad for diabetics. I just stick to water and non sweeten tea.

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:24:48 -0600 Report

One of my favorite things to drink now are the Wegmans, (or any supermarket), or Target brand Market Pantry Sparkling Water Beverage. No dyes, and they come in things like Cherry Limeade. Much less preservatives and stuff than are in soda.

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:18:51 -0600 Report

If you have to drink something fizzy, then go for Diet Soda. The only stuff out there that really shows it's negative is that it can leech calcium from your bones. If you drink plenty of water and get calcium in your diet, (and aren't calcium deficient to begin with) you'll be fine.

The real danger is regular soda, HFCS and just a sugared drink that does nothing buy spike your levels up for no reason. On top of a carb-heavy meal it's what over time taxes your beta cells way too much and makes you insulin resistant.

PetiePal 2013-02-07 09:21:10 -0600 Report

Also it's important to note there are a lot of studies out there about how eating more "sweet" things can make you crave more. I luckily am not affected like that. The other danger is that when you drink "Diet Soda" some people fall into the trap of thinking they've saved calories and then overindulging in other areas.

msp107 2013-02-07 19:44:14 -0600 Report

this is true for me if I drink diet soda then I end up craving sugar later on. It is weird I know I try to stick to water and green tea with lemon and splenda it is the Aspartame that makes me crave.

jayabee52 2013-02-06 22:30:21 -0600 Report

Howdy "Briz"

I used to drink "diet" soda after I was Dx'd as a person with Diabetes (PWD). But I discovered that my waist line grew exponentially! To see the reasons why we ought to avoid "Diet" sidas, read the article here ~ Or perhaps this here ~

I myself would recommend you not consume either regular or the so-called "diet" sodas, but you have to be convinced in your own mind.

I am returning to hemodialysis after an absence of about 7 yrs. I had been trying to postpone this time by only drinking filtered water (yes, it got boring) but I have extended the time being off dialysis by about 2 yrs by following that regimen.

However should you want a little flavor in your drinks, go with lemon or lime juice, or perhaps try some "Mio" water flavoring.

Blessings to you and yours


ShellyLargent 2013-02-06 22:37:13 -0600 Report

Fair warning on the Mios: some flavors contain caffeine, up to 60mg in one serving. I found this out the hard way… Drank like 6 bottles of water flavored with the caffeinated Mio. Didn't sleep for nearly 2 days and was sick to my stomach most of the time. Caffeine overload!

jayabee52 2013-02-06 22:42:03 -0600 Report

Thanks for the warning, Shelly, but I believe the Mio which are marked "energy" are the ones who contain the caffeine. The regular flavors do not. If I buy them I always look on the ingredient list to be sure.

ShellyLargent 2013-02-06 22:46:05 -0600 Report

Those are the ones. It never occurred to me to actually read how much caffeine was in them since I drink a lot of coffee in the winter and am not affected by it, we'll other than the withdrawal headaches if I don't get my coffee… :) The energy ones look like they are advertising the boost from the added vitamins, not the uber amounts of caffeine! Oh we'll, lesson learned.

manapua72 2013-02-06 22:26:55 -0600 Report

I hear many bad things about diet soda … Yet it doesn't raise my blood sugar and in moderation I think it's fine … Now if you're downing 12 cans a day or something , well that's entirely something different …

JSJB 2013-02-08 04:59:54 -0600 Report

The 12+ cans a day describes be before being pre-diagnosed. I haven't had a soda (diet or regular) since that time. Water is just fine and I do not miss the junk drinks

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-06 20:22:13 -0600 Report

I did not drink diet soda for an entire year and didn't miss it. I drink water with Crystal light most of the day. I allow myself diet soda. I pay very little attention to scientist as nothing is exact in science and most scientist do not agree with each other. I also pay no attention to articles written by a reporter covering medical issues.

I do what is right for me, my health and my diabetes. I don't try any of the fad stuff such as shakes to replace a meal nor do I fall for the weight loss tricks or Jenny Craig.

You have to do what is right for you and your health because what I may do may not work for you or anyone else.

Nick1962 2013-02-06 19:11:09 -0600 Report

Ever try to eat just one chocolate chip? Even if there were only one available in the house to eat I bet many would go crazy.
Nutritional value of the diet soda aside, it serves only to perpetuate the sweet craving. Artificial sweetners do the same, and for a lot of folks, sweets (of any type) is more of an addiction than it is a desire for the taste of any given product. I was a carb addict, but I'd be willing to bet, that like me if you actually gave up the stuff, after a while you'd have no taste for it anymore.
Personally if you can handle it, be my guest.

maldoli 2013-02-10 07:20:58 -0600 Report

Agreed. It is true. After so many years I gave up all artificial sweets, it was not easy at the begining but I did it. Now a days more water, veggies, carrots and stevia once a while. If it can help anyone doing just that and exercise I lost 12 lbs in a month.

Nick1962 2013-02-11 07:43:28 -0600 Report

Funny how we let all these little bad habits creep up on us, then have such a hard time giving them up. Its worth it though once we finally do!

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