diet soda

By lily54 Latest Reply 2014-02-26 09:37:07 -0600
Started 2010-05-08 10:53:52 -0500

I know that there has been ALOT posted on the subject of diet soda here. But I would appreciate it if anybody would want to share information on it again. I have been doing a lot of reading about it and I would like to hear what you all think. Thanks!

87 replies

Armourer 2014-02-26 09:37:07 -0600 Report

As of this week I haven't had anything but water for two years. My kidneys hardly hurt al all anymore. Haven't lost weight nor have I lost any inches. . .but I know my body is much better for it. I use to drink 1-2 liters of diet soda a day for over 20 yrs.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-01 03:13:09 -0500 Report

I like cherry coke free, and sugar free cherry Dr pepper. I don't drink them very often any more. But once or twice a week I drink one.

Truckers home
Truckers home 2011-01-16 22:48:11 -0600 Report

Remember we all carry the cancer Gene and that it is known that aspertame is one of the things that can awaken that gene. As for carbination it is bad for you and causes swelling and stays with the body. I haven't had a soda sence June 2010 and I don't miss it but I do have my sweet tea that I make at home with Splenda instead of sugar because I can't stand water

THE B MAN 53 2011-01-15 13:30:29 -0600 Report

I have been dealing with diabetes for a little over 10 years. I recently moved into a assisted living facility. The very first week I was here my glucose levels started to rise. By a process of elimination I found out that the juice ( cranberry , grape, and orange) although not any added sugar was listed in their ingredients, the first day that I discontinued them my glucose dropped from 300+ down to the 130 to 150 range for the most parts. As for the diet soda the reason for the decline of function according to some is that the kidneys and liver ar working overtime to flush out the chemicals thet are associated with the imitation sweeteners. Hope thi gets someone to try the same thing.

TastyTrish 2014-02-26 08:29:54 -0600 Report

Not just the sweeteners in diet soda, but the caramel coloring and other chemicals affect our kidneys and liver. I cannot lose weight when drinking diet sodas.

MewElla 2011-01-12 13:52:05 -0600 Report

I used to drink diet Dr Pepper for years, then along came T2 diabetes. I know that I feel so much better when I drink ice cold water (4-5 16 oz.bottles) per day.Don't drink tea just stay with my water.

Linda2 2011-01-12 12:22:51 -0600 Report

Get off the diet pop, quit anything with artificial sweetners in it, the stuff is BAD for you, I quit the the diet pop and feel much better, the pain in my feet and swelling are almost totally gone. The artificial sweetner increase your your appetite and is very hard on your kidneys.

cnc99 2010-12-11 08:00:48 -0600 Report

My doctor always said to stay away from diet soda, He says the artificial sweetner causes false hunger feelings, and that I should stay away from sodas all together, I also lost 12 pounds the first year I cut out soda of any kind, If I felt the need for soemthiing I did the crystal light drink mixes, they have so many flavors. Good Luck

holisticdebra 2010-12-11 01:36:33 -0600 Report

soda is bad for everyone no matter what kind u r drinking, go to naturalnews .com n look @ mike adam's research. please stop drinking soda it's death in a bottle.

reddog113 2010-08-14 11:59:05 -0500 Report

I have gotten away from all carbonated drinks and feel so much better
for it. Another reason to stop sodas is that it takes appox. 6 weeks
for the carbonation to leave your body. So even if you had ONE every
month you would still have a carry over of carbonation in your system.
Folks years ago did not have sodas to depend on, just water was
mostly the drink of choice and were healther for it.

shawnalowe 2010-06-01 00:57:43 -0500 Report

Be it Diet or regular sodas. They are not good for you. You already have to fight your body every time you eat, watching what you eat. Sodas are the same way.

Debbie777 2010-05-24 06:29:51 -0500 Report

Leave the soda alone! It is really bad for you. With the diet sodas the artificial sweetner they use to make them, is rumored to cause memory loss problems, dementia! My dad passed away two weeks ago. He became a diabetic in his 40's, passed at the age of 83. about 10 years ago his memory started to go. The doctors mentioned two things…the use of the insulin over that long period of time (he started using insulin in his 50's) and the artifical sweetners. For me personally, even though it has not been proven YET, I would rather not take my chances. Do some internet research on those sweetners…

Mike Ratrie
Mike Ratrie 2010-05-24 12:37:44 -0500 Report


I don't believe that insulin in and of itself is going to cause memory loss and there are no double blind studies out there that I am aware of that links artificial sweeteners to it either.

Fair Winds,

TastyTrish 2014-02-26 08:33:36 -0600 Report

You are wrong, Mike.There are double-blind studies being done on both Aspartame and Splenda now. They have proven all kinds of horrible things: Splenda causes diabetes 2, heart disease, and even Cancer. Aspartame is the only drug on the market that breaks through the blood-brain barrier cells, and can cause dementia.

imsuzie2 2010-06-06 06:13:56 -0500 Report

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May angels surround you and your family at this time. Hugs

theladyiscrazy 2010-05-23 19:37:44 -0500 Report

It depends on you and how you feel about soda and all the "possibilities". For example, soda still has caffeine in it (well you can get caffeine free, but there are still traces) and caffeine is a diuretic. For every 8 oz of caffeine you have, you should drink 16 oz of water just to counteract the effects. Not to mention caffeine increases appetites as well.

Then there is the artificial sweeteners. There is a study being done that shows Splenda (sucrolose) actually causes sugar cravings. This of course would not be good for a diabetic. Other artificial sweeteners may cause problems for some. I cannot use any of them since they give me severe migraines.

I do drink unsweet tea and herbal teas. That is me though. I find that if I drink soda I end up sweating and being hot when everyone else is not. No, I am not going through menopause (as they say I have years to go).

bluesbaby 2010-05-20 18:31:12 -0500 Report

I take a half full bottle of water and freeze it standing up without the top. When I get a new bottle of water I open it, pour into the half full bottle of water into the one with ice, then put the remaining water in the freezer. This gives me ice cold water all the time. I do have a bottle cozie so the condensation doesn't get all over but I love my water cold and will drink more if it is. I have a couple bottles in the freezer just waiting at any time.

MaddysMom 2010-05-20 11:37:29 -0500 Report

Agreed, all soda diet or regular is bad! Stay away from it! Your body is fighting so hard to stay healthy already drinking and eating stuff like that will only make it have to work harder. If you MUST have a soda on occasion try Hansen's (any grocery store, Whole Foods or Trader Joes)
I make this really good "lemonade tea" for my family and it does not raise my daughters blood sugar and eases the sweetness craving! Here are the ingredients the amount of each depends on your preference:
-Juice 2 Lemons
-2 Passion Tea (naturally caffeine free) tea bags
-4 pinches of Stevia (or 45mg scoop that comes in some bottles)

Shake/Stir and enjoy!

Not1 2010-05-20 10:19:53 -0500 Report

Soda is not good be it diet or regular, it is hard to get away from but it is a good thing to avoid.

ginarb37 2010-05-20 00:38:29 -0500 Report

I was a BAD soda drinker. I mean I would drink a whole 24 pack of soda in either a day and half or two. JUST by myself. I know, it sad. I have since Dec, since I had been hopsitalized for Keytone Acidosis and trying to get back on track have droped to mayb one pop a week and yes sometimes every one a day. Depends on my mood. :) Im gettin better. One day at a time, babay steps. I do know that all the sweetners in them can harm u more than help ya. :(

countrygirl59 2010-05-19 22:05:38 -0500 Report

I am not much of a soda drinker but if I do it is either fresca or diet dr. pepper which I think is the bomb lol lol. Also splenda it is the best atleast for me or equal I like them both, and the powdered drinks I love crystal light. But when it comes down to it whether we like it or not WATER is the best for us folks.

Rader 2010-05-19 12:10:53 -0500 Report

I am addicted to diet mountian dew. I drink five or six - twelve oz cans a day.
Its almost like smoking, I have to make sure I have enough at home to get through to the next day. I actually panic if I run out. I know it sounds silly and I'm ashamed to admit it but its the truth. I was able to quit smoking and social drinking but I cant put down the mountain dew. I don't drink water and I'm afraid its going to adventualy take a tole on my kidneys

sharonj1279 2010-05-28 21:21:16 -0500 Report

i completly agree with you mine is reg pepsi it is my vice no matter what i do i cant stop drinking it and i am pretty bad right now i am trying to do everthing to stop drinking soda and get my diabetes under control

Rader 2010-05-28 23:05:16 -0500 Report

Sharon, the sad thing about my situation, I have stopped trying because I have gotten to the point I don’t want to quit. But I know I have to

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:52:23 -0500 Report

I also was a diet MD aholic, but remember my doctor said when you drink too much artificial sweeteners, 1 its gives me a real bad headache, 2 it tricks the body into saying ooh sweets give me more and then you start craving for sugar or munchies,and tend to go for a real sugar treat.
I drink pepsi max here and there, but switched to water 99% of time and in last 2 months getting off soda I lost over 15 lbs already. Total of 25 lbs lost Since February.

Emma2412 2010-05-19 11:20:45 -0500 Report

In addition to what I just wrote on the topic of diet soda, I decided to do a little research on diet soda. I found this at the Mayo Clinic site. "People with diabetes may use artificial sweeteners because they make food taste sweet without raising blood sugar levels. But keep in mind that if you do have diabetes, some foods containing artificial sweeteners, such as sugar-free yogurt, can still affect your blood sugar level due to other carbohydrates or proteins in the food. Some foods labeled "sugar-free" — such as sugar-free cookies and chocolates — may contain sweeteners, such as sorbitol or mannitol, which contain calories and can affect your blood sugar level. Some sugar-free products may also contain flour, which will raise blood sugar levels. Also, remember that foods containing sugar substitutes may also contain calories that may undermine your ability to lose weight and control blood sugar." I hope this helps you a little bit decide what to do. I, for one, however, never have anything with Aspartame in it because they say that's very bad for us. .

Emma2412 2010-05-19 11:09:23 -0500 Report

I, for one, don't understand what all the hoopla is about diet soda, especially for diabetics. I don't drink diet soda every day, of course, and when I do I only drink diet ginger ale, and I only drink that when I have acid reflux which happens less and less to me now that I'm regulating all carbs I take in and the time of day I'm having them. But I really don't understand what it's all about. Every diet that one sees for diabetics all mention having diet soda. I know people who drink diet soda every day all day and there's nothing wrong with them. So, I really don't understand what it's all about.

TastyTrish 2014-02-26 08:39:21 -0600 Report

Apple cider vinegar is good for acid reflux. I told my daughter that, and a salad with vinegar and oil stopped her bad heartburn!!

weezie1 2010-05-18 12:49:18 -0500 Report

i dont like diet soda at all. it has a bad after taste. you should drink a lot of water instead

alicewan 2010-05-17 12:12:17 -0500 Report

if you can do without diet soda, more power to you. i feel that high blood sugar will do far more bad to you than diet soda. I love diet cola and diet root beer. but if you want to do without this, a trick I have is to pour a small amount of juice (any type) in a glass and fill it up the rest of the way with carbonated water (I prefer perrier which i buy by the case from Smart and Final). You get the fruit flavor, very little sugar, and the carbonated water is much better tan plain water in most juices. Plain water can be used too and is especially good with orange or apple juice. I find about 1/4 to 1/3 the total volume as juice is about the right concentration.
I agree than unsweetened tea is also a good alternative, as is lemon squeezed with water and splenda. Some crystal light and diet powders like sugar free koolaid are good as a change. Cherry Koolaid with ice is good. Orange Koolaid or crystal light is good for breakfast. Sometimes making the powders a little more dilute makes them more thirst quenching. The bottom line is, if you go to too much extreme in diets, they always fail in the end. Balance is the key.

Janet Webster
Janet Webster 2010-05-15 15:51:44 -0500 Report

I have gotten used to Crystal Light and the generics of it. It quenches much better than soda. I feel so bloated after soda, it gets too expensive too. Try tea and Crystal Light, okay? Much luck to you!

Kenny B
Kenny B 2010-05-16 00:46:04 -0500 Report

I am like you, i too drink Crystal Light and it's generics. It is just as convienant to carry around as soda, and you have more flavors to try. I like apple, cherry-mango,and lemonade.

Janet Webster
Janet Webster 2010-05-17 20:10:46 -0500 Report

I like all the flavors, never had the cherry-mango, will try it this week , thanks Kenny B

Armourer 2010-05-18 00:33:49 -0500 Report

Does someone know if crystal-light is just as bad as diet soda? Hasn't it been determined that all fake sugars are bad and mess with the metabolism? I drink nearly a gallon of crystal-light a day. 1) I'm thirsty, 2) soda or lemonade constricts my throat so it swallows better than water (1/4 of throat is paralyzed).

Mike Ratrie
Mike Ratrie 2010-05-24 12:44:16 -0500 Report

Crystal Light is sweetened with aspartame (aka Equal) and is not calorie free, so if you're drinking that much per day there's probably some impact on your blood sugar from it.

Again, I'm not aware of any double-blind studies showing the "bad effects" of diet soda. Of course, many cola types and diet Mountain Dew have loads of caffeine, so that's a who different kettle of fish.

Also, like most things, if you are going to drink diet soda, do it in moderation.

Fair Winds,

davidvermont 2010-06-07 21:57:58 -0500 Report

I've replaced diet sida with diet kool aid and I wonder if that is bad for me too. I'm drinking a lot of it now. Love the grape flavor.

Rader 2010-06-08 13:55:09 -0500 Report

I quit smoking, social drinking, sweets, salt and all processed canned, bagged, boxed, bottled and frozen foods. I think I will keep my Diet Mountain Dew

lrm09 2010-05-15 11:10:31 -0500 Report

I have drank and ate diet for along time. When I had my children I knew they would be eating what me & my husband had been eating for years. I never bought sugar.
I had a nephew at my house
one weekend. He asked for sugar for his cereal. My children were confused. They had never heard that word.
Well, I am now seeing a neurologist, it seems that all my years of artificial sweetners has left deposts on my brain tissue.
I was walking into walls, falling for no reason, talking about anything, to people.
I went cold turkey from my cystal light, diet soda, splenda, & equal.
20 pounds heavier, & I am working on that too. I am glad I found out how some people are affected. WOW!


bigstick49 2010-05-16 11:39:47 -0500 Report

Is it best to just drink water. My sugar flip flops daily. One minute it's 65, the next it's 300. Any help would be appreciated.

TastyTrish 2014-02-26 08:42:34 -0600 Report

Keep a diet journal and you will quickly find out what's causing your blood sugars to fly high and dip low.

Janet Webster
Janet Webster 2010-05-17 20:14:31 -0500 Report

You could try fruit teas, I put Splenda in mine but I guess you could drink it black. I just buy the tea bags and make a big picture of it and keep it cold in the refridgerater for when you get thristy, it taste wonderful!

redwine48 2010-05-23 11:23:48 -0500 Report

I have found Agave Nectar and it sweetens naturally. It is organic and all natural. I was surprised at how well it did in just everything. I love sweet tea(Hey, I'm from GA) and I use the Agave Nectar and it tasted great. It is good for diabetics because it is a low glycemic index sweetener, it is slowly absorbed so it prevents spikes in blood sugar. It's 25% sweeter than sugar so I use less than I would of sugar. Since it is natural I don't have to worry about the side effects of using artificial sweeteners and it doesn't leave an after taste like the artificial ones.

I love ice water and some days that is what I drink, but I confess I do like a Diet Coke(the Ga thing) every now and then. I am going to try making lemonade(fresh) and use the Agave Nectar as a sweetener. I know the Agave Nectar can be hard to find, but Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have it and I found mine at Costco.

I made a Fruit Salad(Cantelope, Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries) I usually make a simple syrup to pour over it, but this time I used about a 1/4 cup of the Agave Nectar for 2 qts of fruit salad and it is delicious. I just poured the Nectar over the mixed fruit and gave it a gentle shake after I put the lid on the container. I also saved enough of the berries to make a yogurt parfait, just layer low -fat vanilla yogurt with the berries and you have a great breakfast or snack.

I hope this will help a few of you to want to try the Agave Nectar. I love it because it is all natural and I don't have to worry about the spikes in my blood sugars like I use to with sugar and even some artificial sweeteners.

Love and God's Blessings:)

Mike Ratrie
Mike Ratrie 2010-05-24 12:58:12 -0500 Report

Be careful out there!

I think if you do a little research you will find that Agave Nectar is NOT what it claims. Among other things it is 90% fructose and 10% glucose. This is higher than high-fructose corn syrup (55% fructose). A 21 gram serving has 16 grams of carbs.

I do sometimes substitute agave nectar for honey when I'm baking bread, but since it is distributed over the whole loaf I don't see any difference.

Fair Winds,

Janet Webster
Janet Webster 2010-05-17 20:12:34 -0500 Report

I never heard tell of deposits on the brain from sweetners, I think Splenda is pretty safe but sweet and low and the others are bad. So sorry to hear that, hope you get better Irm09

TastyTrish 2014-02-26 08:46:24 -0600 Report

Actually, the only safe sweeteners are raw Stevia (grow your own), and Xylitol (prevents tooth decay!). NONE of them are safe because the good ole USofA Food and Drug Admin don't care if companies add HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) to sweeteners or anything else! Splenda has now been found to CAUSE diabetes II, heart disease and even Cancer. Read all about it!!

MAYS 2010-05-15 10:01:20 -0500 Report

Stay natural when it comes to beverages.

Your diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners and chemicals that your liver and kidneys must filter out of your blood placing another burden on your system in addition to the complications of dealing with diabetes.

Water and natural, fresh squeezed fruit juices are healthier and more beneficial in the long run.


bigstick49 2010-05-16 14:25:20 -0500 Report

I had an internal medicine doctor tell me not to drink juice.

gramme 2010-05-16 16:55:01 -0500 Report

fruit juices are the worst things too's better to eat the fruit than to drink it

gramme 2010-05-16 16:59:49 -0500 Report

in the summer 2010 issue of diabetic living magazine there's a article about a carb free flavor boost…'s worth a try

Sherrymer 2010-05-15 09:47:10 -0500 Report

Hi, I know that I have come in on the tail end of this discussion, but what I am reading is most everyone has a problem with giving up their diet sodas. Are you sure it is the diet soda or is it the caffine in the sodas that you are addicted to. For those of you out there who love Mountain Dew, if you read the label, it has more caffine in it than Coke or Peppsi and even coffee.

Armourer 2010-05-18 00:38:08 -0500 Report

Good point, but caffine in any form does nothing for me. For me its the carbination. Water would be great, but out of the tap at my house isn't cold. Ice machine doesn't work (hasn't for years), and having a pitcher in the frig no body refills.

Anonymous 2010-08-15 07:39:35 -0500 Report

I have been following some of your comments and I think they are all excuses for not wanting to quit. Mt. Dew is the worse of all soda's. There is so much more caffine and diet sugars have had sereral studies done and there is to numerous faults. They can effect different people in different waysf. They have found that it can effect the nervous system which effect each in a different way. I worked at a reseach hosptial before I retired and they were trying to find out why so many people were being diagnosed with M.S. They found that the chemicals that all these artifical sweeteners had were changing in the body after consumed. One type would change when the tempature would reach over a certain degree. I can't remember the degree but it was 80 something. One of the ladies in the lab had a friend that was diabetic was visiting flordia at the time because she was diaganosed with M.S. and the DR. said she would not walk again and she wanted to see 'Disney before she got worse. Anyway her friend from the lab told her to stop drinking her diet sodas and told her the findings on how it effected the nervous system. Two weeks later when she came home she was walking with a cane. she no longer takes the sweetners and she can walk and feels so much better. Her Dr. says she does not have MS any more? If your Ice machine is broken get it fixed or get a new fridge with a machine. You can pay it off with the money you save on not buying that Mt. dew. Your health should be more important to you than being addicted to something. Good Luck?!

ltaylo10 2010-05-14 18:54:31 -0500 Report

I am trying to quit diet coke at this point but not having much luck. When I am really thirsty-that is what I want. If I drink water it bothers my stomach. Does anyone else have that problem?

SkipT 2010-05-14 20:06:50 -0500 Report

You can try the dilution method. Just start by adding small amounts of unflavored seltzer water to your diet coke. Increase it until you eliminate the diet coke.

Twister 56
Twister 56 2010-05-15 09:42:05 -0500 Report

I have had diabetes for over 50 years now. Type 1 - I am exactly the same way. NOTHING quenches my thirst like Diet Coke. I have asked top endrocronolgist across the country about Diet Coke and they all agree there is NOTHING wrong with drinking it. I do switch to water, but I have to add lemon juice and sweet and low. Good luck. Glad I saw someone else feels the same way about Diet Coke!

Linda1965 2010-05-15 11:21:34 -0500 Report

I'm with you!! I also have been diabetic most of my life. I am now 45 and was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 5. The only sodas I had to pick from then were Tab, Fresca, and various A-treat flavors. I am now drinking mostly Coke Zero and am not trying real hard to quit! I drink water with my meals, and do not seem to have suffered any ill side effects from all those years of indulgance! The first "diet" sodas were even sweetened with Saccharin!

twister54 2010-05-15 17:27:05 -0500 Report

Linda. OMG I remember Tab - talk about drinking poison! And Fresca. That was fine for me until I drank one warm. OMG that did it for me. NEVER AGAIN. MY CHOICE IS DIET COKE - I've tried alot of others and nothing quenches these diabetic taste buds like Diet Coke!

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-05-15 11:40:03 -0500 Report

Water is my favorite drink, but It kills my stomach unless it is very warm. I know that I'm supposed to drink lots of water for my type 2. But I find I'm drinking less water everyday due to the pain. I hope you don't hurt too much.
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bgj 2010-05-15 12:44:14 -0500 Report

years ago I read an article on diet sodas. One thing that happens a lot is people allow them to get hot either in the house or in the car and the artificial sweetner turns to a form of alcohol. This is what cause the problem. I drink water with fresh squeezed lemon juice and no sugar or just a fresh lemon wedge or slice.

Bini 2010-05-16 20:18:19 -0500 Report

I drink diet lemonade, 1 can a day, I dislike water as it makes me gag, I have to really want to drink water before it can pass my lips.

angelalouise 2010-05-14 14:59:33 -0500 Report

Watch those sugar free items. Sometimes they contain alcahol
to replace sweetners. They do something to the digestive system and give me the runs.


Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-05-14 10:07:51 -0500 Report

My 16 year old granddaughter got addicted to Mountain Dew in high school, she was so afraid of being "fat" that she just drank the pop—got so shaky she could hardly function—She was so shy, couldn't mingle with others, so substituted the pop for friends. That might be a clue for you too, as to why you get so anxious without it—I can get that way with Dr, Pepper, diet—IT SEEMS like it helps me to digest food, keeps food from "glugging" in my esophagus—probably just a mind set—but I too struggle.

I have heard if you are trying to break a habit, you have to substitute something else in its place, like water, or that Crystal Light tea—-I also started using low—Cranberry energy drink, think it is healthier. I seem to CRAVE juices of some sort! Pat R

Rader 2010-05-13 15:08:48 -0500 Report

I'm addicted to diet Mountain Dew. When I recently was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. My Dr's told me it was because I ignored my type 2 for so many years. It was a wake up call for me. with in six months I stopped smoking, quit all sweet and salty foods.stopped buying candy and snacks and stopped my social drinking, Basically I did away with everything I enjoyed in life. It took a little while and I had several relapses but I am now fine with it and I enjoy my new healthy lifestyle. I bet you wondering what this has to do with Diet sodas? well there is one thing I didn't do away with and that is my Diet mountain Dew. I was able to quit everything but that. I am addicted to it. I actually panic if I don't think I have enough at home to last me until I can get to the store. I probably drink 5 or 6 12oz cans of it a day. Has anyone else been addicted to sodas? how did you quit or cope with it?

GabbyPA 2010-05-13 15:15:54 -0500 Report

I was drinking 3-4 12oz cans a day of diet Dr. Pepper for a while. I always felt a heaviness in my chest, but didn't know what it was. After I read that aspartame is actually toxic, I quit cold turkey. Like you, I quit a lot of things when I was diagnosed, and diet soda was not one until I read "Sweet Deception". After that, I could not even donate the sugar free foods we had in the house. I actually threw them all away.

JourneySong 2010-05-15 11:34:57 -0500 Report

If you go to and buy the fountainjet soda maker, they have a substitute diet mountain dew flavoring. I am wary of internet purchase so I checked them out first, then had them deliver it to my workplace so as not to risk theft of my order from the porch while I was at work. I took it home, assembly was easy, tried it out (scared the cat, it makes a loud buzzing noise when the water is carbonated enough) and the stuff is GREAT! I don't drink Mt Dew, but I do like raspberry sodas and etc. It comes with heavy pressure bottles to fit the machine, and the flavorings cost about 4.50 to 5.00 a bottle and the bottle lasts quite a while. You trade in the CO2 canister at local stores and get a fresh one for about 15.00. So now I filter my own tapwater, chill it in the bottles in the fridge (the carbonator makes the water more carbonated if the water is cold) and add a cap full of the flavoring. Very cheap, available 24 hours a day, and an excellent buy. The fountainjet is the cheapest because it is all plastic, and it also takes the biggest bottles, so that is good for someone who likes low price and lots of soda. Their other models are more high end impress the partygoers on your deck models.

alla2 2010-05-15 11:52:48 -0500 Report

I really have to say that it appears the sodastream is expensive. I'll do an analysis of how much I spend on soda, as I cant remember. BUT, along with buying, transporting cans of diet soda, and then having to take them to the recycler has to cost a lot during the year. There must be an extra cost for carbonater refills, and of course the syrup, which I hope there is SUGAR FREE syrup …ag

Shellyelaine 2010-06-16 13:34:06 -0500 Report

I have a sodastream as well. It is sweetned with Splenda. It seems like it is expensive but you get a lot of soda out of the little bottles. It also has mixes so you can flavor water. I have not tried those yet.

Circ 2013-12-31 11:00:25 -0600 Report

I just got a SodaStream for Christmas 2013. Since you have had yours for a while, do you have any suggestions/recipes to share?

Army Wife
Army Wife 2010-05-12 10:09:00 -0500 Report

I have never been able to handle the after taste that diet leaves in my mouth! So quitting soda cold turkey was no problem for me! Be careful with the water though…drinking too much water can hurt as much as it helps! Smart water cost a little more but has the electrolytes and hydrants in it that your body needs. I also make tea with splenda ( 0 carbs 0 calories) and you cannot tell that its not real sugar!

daafox 2010-05-12 00:36:27 -0500 Report

Diet Soda, I love diet pepsi, but it turns out the carbonation is the killer to my kidney's, so even thu I'm a type 2 with HBP, over weight and what ever the long list goes on. Try and reduce your intake to the point it no longer exist. Good luck, I know I'll need it.


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