Is Diet soda worse than regular soda?

By Marie Latest Reply 2010-01-31 14:28:32 -0600
Started 2009-09-21 16:22:03 -0500

I love diet soda. I drink about a case a week. Is it worse than drinking regular soda?

51 replies

Zimoss 2010-01-23 14:12:01 -0600 Report

in response to the original poster…diet soda is definitely preferable over regular soda…there are just too many carbs in regular soda.

As for the rest of you this is MY opinion, and I will continue to drink diet soda.

appleseed 2010-01-31 14:28:32 -0600 Report

I have eliminated all forms of soda's and sugar or sugar free drinks from my diet…I have found a couple of beverages that have done well for me and meet my needs for caffiene as well as the "bubbly addiction..

edtrine 2010-01-23 13:31:19 -0600 Report

this reminds me of one of Murphy's laws of combat. "Anything you do can get you killed including nothing" LOL

donna13 2010-01-21 11:43:28 -0600 Report

Don't you think that moderation is the most important thing. I personally don't like "pop" (a Chicago colloquilism), and drink very little. If I do I go for the diet ones. but 1 or 2 cans a month is about all I have. But as I said, I don't care for it, so it's easy for me to say this. But I generally feel that there are very few foods that are "bad", just as long as we use moderation. There is even something called water intoxication from drinking too much water. Now I'll get off my soapbox.

donna13 2010-01-23 13:37:02 -0600 Report

I was talking to the mother of a toddler who was complaining about him - he didn't want to "share". When my kids were small I used to say that "share" was a dirty word to them, I even called it the "S" word. I'm beginning to think we have a dirty "M" word we don't want to hear.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-21 11:27:39 -0600 Report

I don't know .My doctore told me not to drink diet soda,drink regular soda. I guess in my case my sugars are on the lows most of the time. I heard that some diet foods/drinks are worst for you and that natural sugars are better somtimes. If you find out anything keep us posted.

appleseed 2009-12-09 13:10:28 -0600 Report

If you would like to find out a different way to help with your fluid intake…why not check out this website:

Go to products and then click on the REV 3 Link. There are two different products, one in a can and one that is powdered and you add to your water!!

appleseed 2009-12-09 13:07:27 -0600 Report

OMG, your kidding!! Most diet drinks contain some form of artificial sweetner, in many case it is Aspertame, which by itself either causes or mimics a whole host of complications. Please Please stop this!! I can help you with an alternative if your really wanting to change.

Jennys 2009-12-06 11:48:34 -0600 Report

SKIP the sodas, sugared or not, they deter weight loss!! As a registered dietician, I encourage you to use Crystal Light 0cal/0sugar instant or Lipton 0cal/0sugar in water!! This will help you take in your 8 glasses of water a day! I have a client down 45lbs. in two months by switching to this instead of sodas!! The Crystal Light Sunrise will make you think you are drinking OJ; Try them!!

PDStanley 2009-11-15 10:12:25 -0600 Report

I was a diet drinker. And I drank heavily. At lunch it is nothing for me to drink 4 glasses of whatever I am drinking. I had heard all of the reports of how horrible artificial sweeteners were for you. It had no effect on me because I figured…yeah, you have to consume a ton of the stuff for that to happen. Then I watched my husband go through dialysis. Then one day I heard about a concrete link between women, diet soda consumption and chronic kidney disease. That did it for me. I already have the diabetes strike against my kidneys…I don't need to add the diet soda strike as well. I stopped drinking diet sodas. It worked for me. I know there are some great tasting ones out there…coke zero, hansen's diet, etc. I just decided it wasn't worth an additional risk for dialysis. My husband was a trooper and rarely complained, but I knew watching him, that I never want to go through dialysis.

Good luck in whatever you choose to do.

scottandelli 2009-11-09 12:34:06 -0600 Report

My first post ;)

I've been weening myself off of fizzy drinks over the last few weeks, turning to cranberry juice and water with lemon. I used to drink at least a big bottle a day, but now I only have a diet soda occassionally. Best thing, I don't miss it at all.

I heard somewhere that fizzy drinks, diet or otherwise, contribute to weight gain, poor skin , etc.?

Larry Petrillo
Larry Petrillo 2009-11-09 15:13:02 -0600 Report

Try drinking Diet Cranberry and Cranberry Grape by Ocean Spray. I think they call them Juice Cocktails. Really good. At Thanksgiving it can replace something worse.

Jennys 2009-12-06 12:06:28 -0600 Report

BUT, check labels!!! Many of those juices are LOADED WITH SUGAR!!! As a registered dietician, I like to have my clients use crystal light 0cal/0sugar instant or lipton 0cal/0sugar instant. It helps them drink their water daily but gives them the satisfaction of something sweet n tasty!! The crystal light sunrise in water will make you think you are having a glass of OJ! Try them!! I have a gentleman down 45lbs. in two months by making these a daily part of his diet!! It satisfies his urge for soda while making him get his water in daily!!

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-12-07 15:43:49 -0600 Report

Crystal Lite products are not for everyone — Everytime I drink them my stomach can't wait to rid itself of the product. I prefer caffienated coffee to drink, unsweetend and uncreamed. And plain iced tea.

Evelyn Chambers
Evelyn Chambers 2009-10-23 17:24:10 -0500 Report

all kind of sodas, weather diet or not will eat your teeth, any kind of carbonated drinks are bad. My doctor,dietican, and dentist said I can drink all the crystal light i can hold. Have you ever tried it. I drink it all the time and they have all kinds of flavors. I like the peach tea and lemon-aid the best.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-10-29 11:12:46 -0500 Report

I do not handle Crystal-lite at all, and usually vomit after drinking any, no matter what the flavor. I drink diet drinks occassionally, but prefer coffee most of the time, with caffeine. My teeth, at age 67, are still in fine shape even though I've lived in areas that are known for their "pure" water (which means the water contains few natural minerals).

schellsr 2009-10-06 07:08:34 -0500 Report

I choose Diet Dr, Pepper, it is wonderful. Of course with caffeine products, it can escalate your urges to want a snack or something sweet, according to the book of "They say". But personally I love it! I believe it is the one free thing I as a diabetic can splurge with.

smileandbepositive 2009-10-07 15:07:33 -0500 Report

Diet Soda Now Linked to Heart Disease

Eating two or more servings a day of red meat increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 25 percent, compared to those who have two servings of red meat each week, a new study found.

Drinking diet soda also increased the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat around your waist, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure, all of which can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers examined the diets of over 9,500 people between the ages of 45 and 64. They were categorized into two groups: a “western-pattern diet” that included processed meat, fried foods and red meat, or a “prudent-pattern diet” that included more fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish.

They concluded that lots of meat, fried foods and diet soda increase your risk of heart disease

Dr. Mercola's comments:
There is a major misconception, even among people who try to eat healthy, that diet soda is a wise choice over regular soda. In reality, there’s no reason to be drinking either one of these atrocities.

What’s wrong with diet soda you ask?

At the top of the list is the fact that the sugar is replaced with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. For an in-depth look at just how dangerous these fake sweeteners really are, I suggest you read my book Sweet Deception, but in the meantime you may be interested to know that they can:

•Stimulate your appetite
•Increase carbohydrate cravings
•Stimulate fat storage and weight gain
Perhaps even worse, aspartame acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. But too much aspartame in your brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into your cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill your cells.

The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartame is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite," or stimulate, your neural cells to death.

And don’t be fooled into thinking that diet sodas sweetened with sucralose are any better. Animal studies have revealed that sucralose can cause:

•Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
•Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
•Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
•Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
•A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group
The researchers in the study above were surprised by their finding that diet soda may cause heart disease. But if you consider the well-known fact that diet soda, and diet foods of all kinds, contribute to obesity it makes perfect sense that they would also increase your risk of heart disease.

And as for the researchers finding that red meat contributes to this disease, well, that all depends on the type of red meat (processed, grass-fed or grain-fed), and this was not specified.

Quite simply, once you find out your nutritional type, you’ll be able to determine if you thrive on grass-fed red meat, or whether you do better with free-range poultry instead. This is a highly individualized process, and simply stating that “red meat causes heart disease” is not taking any of these factors into account.

How to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

You have at your fingertips everything you need to keep heart disease at bay (and this does not include drinking diet soda). What can you do to lower your risk?

•Get moving with an exercise program today
•Eat all the fresh raw vegetables you can, based ideally on your body's unique nutritional type
•Get the right amount of sunshine every day
•Get plenty of omega-3 fats, such as from a high-quality krill oil
•Learn a tool to overcome stress in your life, such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

2rs 2009-11-09 14:53:23 -0600 Report

I agree with & believe everything this Dr. says. Just because he wants us to buy his book doesn't mean he is a scam artist!
IMHO, Crystal Light isn't any better than diet soda. It also has a bunch of chemicals.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-10-29 11:14:48 -0500 Report

I receive, by choice, Dr Mercola's weekly email, but do not believe most of what he says unless there are many replicated research articles proving his "facts." He is interested is selling his brand of vitamins and supplements.

THE SWEET ONE 2009-10-05 01:06:00 -0500 Report


BCLady 2009-10-05 13:29:16 -0500 Report

I use only agave nectar. It's a natural sweetner from Mexico. It comes in light and dark syrup and looks like molasses. I use it to sweeten my hot tea. All it takes is a few drops. It can also be used in baking and all food prep. It isn't artificial like splenda therefore no side affects.

toodles 2009-09-30 00:25:27 -0500 Report

I so can relate. I drank diet pepsi non-stop and decided to quit it because I recognized I abused it. So, I went to water and I switched to diet coke. For 2 months I was very proud of myself because I was not drinking diet pop nonstop. I didn't really like diet coke but…I have since switched from diet pepsi to diet coke and am back to nonstop drinking of pop. I am not happy with myself!

Jtaylor1966 2009-09-29 09:35:50 -0500 Report

What is it about diet cokes that makes a person fat? A chemical reaction? I've seen videos and documented studies about it, but they don't seem to explain how it happens.

SkipT 2009-09-29 17:01:38 -0500 Report

Due to the "sweetness" of the artificial sweetener the body thinks that it is getting sugar, so insulin is made available. Then the body can't process the artificial sugar and now you have excess insulin floating around in you system. Excess insulin will cause you to store fat.

Nana Jones
Nana Jones 2009-10-07 15:28:17 -0500 Report

I have been drinking diet coke for 10 years or more and I can tell you they don't make a person fat at least not me. I have never been fat in my life unless you think 5'2'' weighing 118 lbs. fat. In fact I had a gentleman that I had not seen in awhile say to me this morning "you're still as little as ever." Maybe I am just one of the few lucky one's.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-09-28 18:16:56 -0500 Report

Funny I noticed this post note about one hour after I had a conversation with a type 1 diabetic regarding sodas artificial sweeteners and pregnancy. Both she and I were waiting on our 8 year olds who were in occupational therapy. Both children were in for different reasons but each does have some neurological issues and we were questioning the use of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy.

Truth is I have two great and relatively healthy kids thanks to close diet control and the use of artificial sweeteners. So I would not change a thing!

2rs 2009-09-28 13:12:36 -0500 Report

A case a week???? I'm sorry, but no matter what the American Diabetes Assn says, diet soda is equally as bad a reg soda…I've posted b4 that I did my own testing & diet soda sends my bs totally out of whack. I'll bet you have problems with your bs being too high - right? Face the fact that you are addicted! Take charge of yourself and start cutting back.

Vicrgreen 2009-09-27 20:52:48 -0500 Report

Most of the artificial sweetners contain something called excitotoxins. Excitotoxins kill brain cells, there are several books on the subject. They also increase your appetite causing you to eat more. If you are drinking them to lose weight you are defeating your purpose. If you are just drinking them for something to drink water is an excellent choice, add a little lemon or lime juice if you don't like it plain.

nikonman09 2009-09-26 21:33:53 -0500 Report

I am with you all the way Jocelyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds to me like most of you have an addiction problem. The plain truth is this. Any carbonated drink leaches Vitamin C from your body along with a myriad of other bad reactions. We are not made to have all the Carbon di oxide runing around in our systems. Diet drinks made with Asparthame have about 4% of an industrial solvent in them that builds up in our system much like chocolate does in dogs. And get this!! You can't get rid of it!!! Please please please!!! Learn to drink water and, if you must, unsweetened tea (Caffein is not good either). But for goodness sakes get off the soft drinks all together. You will be much healthier, lose weight, and have more energy. How do I know??? I used to drink a case or two a week of Pepsie and Dr. Pepper before I was diagnosed. Switched to Diet pepsie. UUGGHHH!!! Now I do not indulge at all. I have lost 40 lbs, have a ton more energy, and my Doc. loves me for it. Go look at Jocelyln's article, and please if you know what is good for you, follow my lead. :) Sorry for all the bad typing, this one reads a bit better. :)))

Igoe 2009-09-26 14:32:41 -0500 Report

Diet pop (soda) is just as bad for you as regular pop (soda). I quit drinking pop of any kind right after I got laid off in September of 2008. I was considered a borderline diabetic and so is my 89 year old father. I had switched to drinking water and very lightly sweetened tea and have lost 60 pounds of fatty weight. The gas from the pop was building up inside of me and was very hard for my digestive system to fullyn work. For a half gallon of iced tea, I use no more than a 3 Tbsp sugar for sweetener. If Splenda was more economical (read: price) I would use that. According to my doctor, my blood sugar has lowered itself since the cutting out of any carbonated drinks and I don't need any insulin or any oral medication to control my blood sugar anymore.

pawaski 2009-09-26 14:22:51 -0500 Report

I drink both diet and regular soda but diet is best. For the people that do not like the after bite try putting the soda over ice and add a dash of salt and mix. I had a friend that did not like diet soda and that is how I got her to drink diet.

katt61569 2009-09-22 18:50:55 -0500 Report

i drink about 2-3 cases a week if not more diet 7 up or walmart brand of diet twist up seems the best tasting to me and i was a only coke drinker before bing diagnosed.

pythoncharly 2009-09-26 14:34:57 -0500 Report

If your drink a case of anything a week it is probably bad for you,

For that quantity I suggest plain or bottled (Glass Bottle) water.

GabbyPA 2009-09-28 14:45:00 -0500 Report

I have to agree. I used to drink diet soda like it was going out of style. I don't drink it at all anymore and it only comes in the house for guests. I read up on the hazards of aspertame (Nutra Sweet) and sucralose (Splenda) and now I don't touch it. When I quit, I was amazed at how much better I felt. Now I drink decaf tea unsweetened, water with lemon and stevia and occasionally coffee. I don't drink any sugar free items unless it is just unsweetened at all and I add my own stevia to it.

MorganT69 2009-09-22 15:18:46 -0500 Report

All I drink is Water and Un Sweet Ice Tea

SkipT 2009-09-22 18:46:53 -0500 Report

I am with you. No diet anything! I have seltzer water to get my "fizz" fix. Natural decaf green tea for in between meals.

tjtiger 2009-09-27 16:51:19 -0500 Report

Trying Drinking Crystal Light I had one dietian tell me I could drink as much of it as I wanted. I have been trying the green tea but just recently read an article stating it had caffeine in it so I thought I was going to have to stop drinking it. I have never seen decaffeinated green tea. What brand makes it?

Me2 2009-10-03 15:25:46 -0500 Report

Crystal light made with soda water. You get the fizz you are looking for with no sugar. It's really good.

2009-10-05 16:57:59 -0500 Report

Ditto to this. I never drink anything stronger than water. It helps my skin and my attempt at weight loss.

kdroberts 2009-09-22 07:56:42 -0500 Report

It depends on what you are looking at. If you are looking at blood sugar then regular is hugely worse than diet. If you are looking at long term health risks then there probably isn't much in it. As posted you have all the potential issues with all of the artificial sweeteners that you don't have with regular but if you drink a lot of regular then almost certainly your blood sugar will be out of control and you will suffer diabetic complications. When the ones sweetened with stevia come out we'll see how they do it. Those may be good but they may also not be.

PAT L 2009-09-21 20:03:00 -0500 Report

go with the soda that uses spenda its better that the others an not so hard on the body. i cant stand the taste of any of them for they leave a after taste that stays for hours, so i dont drink them. but spenda is not so bad…an they now make about 8 differant ones now…

Jennys 2009-12-06 11:43:04 -0600 Report

Pat,You are WRONG!!! I am a registered dietician who has patients go into diabetic comas using Splenda!! SPLENDA IS SUGAR!!! It comes from the lower portion of the cane and is only higher in fiber than processed sugar! Imperial Sugar sued them and won! Sweet n' Low sued them and won!! If the product is not near the end of the shelf or near the sugar, that store can be fined several thousands of dollars!! I encourage diabetics to FLUSH Splenda down the toilet!! It IS sugar!! Try a product called Stevia, I love it. Also, try NO calorie/NO sugar crystal light instant or lipton instant in water. I have a gentleman down 45lbs. in two months using this instead of sodas!!!

Harlen 2009-09-21 18:37:04 -0500 Report

LOL yep look at the studdy lol
who drinks diet soda hummm let me think
I dont know hummmmmmmlol
sry but I am just thinking of whats all changed in the last 6 years?
I never had diet drinks till I had diabetes lol I drink 2 case a week and its better then sweet soda

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-29 12:21:44 -0500 Report

I'm with you Harlen: I am so confused that I don't know what to think anymore. Now they are saying that artificial sweetners cause "heart disease!" I just want to go to bed,cover my head and stay there! LOL

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