52 Responses

  1. Sysy
    Sysy March 21, 2012 at 6:20 am | | Reply

    I try not to have it often, just for special occasions or those rare times when I’m really high and water tastes gross (you know what I’m talking about!)

    I cut down slowly and then started drinking water with lemon. I think there are a lot of reasons not to drink too much of any type of soda. Too much carbonated water isn’t good for us, either. And caffeine is dehydrating.

    Oh and if you drink a lot of diet soda, it WILL have a small impact on your blood sugars.

    I like the soda that has stevia as it’s sweetener, it’s delicious! -It’s called Zevia.

    For health, we do best to avoid or at least limit any chemicals and to stay hydrated via water. I think it’s as simple as that.

    1. Sammy Jameston
      Sammy Jameston March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm | | Reply

      Other than drinking water or cystal light, I found that sugar-free VITAZEST packets taste better and also have loads of Vitamins & minerals. They also have NO Sodium or phosphates. The VITAZEST Company also has the logo of the Diabetes Research Institute on all their packaging and contribute funds with every purchase. They sell it online in places like amazon and their own site, search them out, they are the best drinking option for people with diabetes.

    2. Jennifer Anderson
      Jennifer Anderson October 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm | | Reply

      I’m currently addicted to Mio. When it first came out, I was like, it’s about time they invented something like this! What I love about them is that they come in a variety of flavors, they’re sugar-free, and you control how much to drop in your drink, so you can save money big-time by only using 1-2 drops per drink. I still like my diet pop, though, and find nothing wrong with it as long as there is no sugar. When I feel dehydrated, I just drink the mios with water.

  2. Jessica Apple
    Jessica Apple March 21, 2012 at 6:28 am | | Reply

    I had a diet coke addiction in college. I’m so glad I beat it. I didn’t quit because one study or another frightened me. I just realized that I feel a lot better when I drink water, or sparkling water. And since the college days I’ve definitely learned that a glass of wine goes much better with dinner than a diet coke :) . As for how to quit, here are a few ideas: keep it out of your home, carry a bottle of water with you all the time so you don’t get thirsty, and if there are certain foods that you always eat with a diet soda, try to eat something else. Yogurt, for example. Soda and yogurt are not a good combo :) .

    1. Catherine
      Catherine August 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm | | Reply

      I quit drinking pop altogether, about 20 years ago, by focusing on how it made me feel. The sugary pops made me thirsty (I was pre-diabetic at the time), and the sugar-free ones gave me a headache. Everytime I wanted to drink one, I asked myself if it was worth the side effects. Another thing that I noticed was that water only tasted bad after I had a pop. It tasted fine otherwise.

  3. Johanna B
    Johanna B March 21, 2012 at 7:03 am | | Reply

    I haven’t had a diet coke (or any cola beverage) for over a year. I cut down, then out, in stages. Unfortunately, I still drink cheap lemon-lime beverages.

    1. dave
      dave March 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm | | Reply

      try lime and soda water. It’s a really nice drink, i have invested in a soda stream for those bad days
      good luck

    2. jim
      jim September 12, 2014 at 4:07 am | | Reply

      I am 75years old,and have been a diabetic for 12 years now ,And have other medical problems as well,Just to make a long story short i take 91 pills a week for my problems,They make me constipated and very thirsty, they gave me senna tablets to look after the constipation i take 1 every night, and it works for me ,They told me to drink lots of fluids for my thirst, problem example 8 glass a water a day,i cant stand the taste of water ,that amount anyway ,a odd glass of water i have no problem with,but one is not enough ,so i changed to clear lemonade sugar free as i was told that would be o k and it would not raise my sugar levels,,well really its not o k, as,since changing to the sugar free lemonade, i notice i am getting more headaches,than i ever did,it seems like a visious circle,with drinking all this fluid ,i am up all night urinating and cant get a decent sleep,next day i am tired and not good company for anyone, has anyone any advice that might help, thank you

  4. Allison
    Allison March 21, 2012 at 7:11 am | | Reply

    There are so many unknowns about all of those chemicals that make up a can of Diet Coke or whatever pop you’re drinking that it makes me nervous to drink it.

    People, especially diabetics, need to be conscious of what they are putting in their bodies – REAL food is what we are meant to eat, and pop definitely isn’t real, no matter how “natural” they make it sound.

    In the last 1.5 years or so, I’ve had pop ONCE and it was gross since it had been so long since I’d had it!

  5. Kim
    Kim March 21, 2012 at 7:32 am | | Reply

    In the last few weeks I’ve almost entirely cut out diet soda – funny you mentioned the Crystal Light Pure stuff; I’m hooked on it! That, and Diet Arizona Peach Tea. This, and the exercise I’m getting, are making noticable differences in both weight and bgs. Wins all around!

  6. susan f
    susan f March 21, 2012 at 8:22 am | | Reply

    To balance out this thread, I am a certified card-carrying diet-caffeine-free-soda addict. I eat low carb. I limit high fat foods because I have no gallbladder. That is a lot of restrictions on diet! Don’t even me started on food allergies either..,.

    Sure diet pepsi is a vice – but in light of all the other restrictions on my life, I’m willing to say, “No, I am keeping this vice, back off!” :)

    I exercise, eat a plethora of good healthy fats (nuts, etc), and lots of veggies – so diet pepsi for me is here to stay.

  7. AmyT
    AmyT March 21, 2012 at 8:36 am | | Reply

    Clarification: I’m “addicted” only in the sense that I get cravings in the late afternoons when I’m at work. Diet Coke is my carb-free “pick me up” and helps keep me from snacking on other stuff. But I don’t keep it in the house either! That would be too tempting to overdose on the stuff.

    Oh, and I’m with Jessica: it’s wine all the way with dinner.

  8. Rachel
    Rachel March 21, 2012 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    I cut it out in late September and dropped five pounds fast. Then I started having a little here and a little there, leading to back to an everyday habit earlier this month. Not surprised those five pounds are back, so I’m done with diet soda again.

  9. tmana
    tmana March 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | | Reply

    I cut out diet soda when they went from saccharin to aspartame as a sweetener. It took lab rats saccharin to the equivalent of 3000 cans of Tab to cause cancer — who drinks 3000 cans of soda a day?! But there were many more alarms with aspartame, including the (very real) issues for people with phenylketonuria (PKU). While, thankfully, I don’t have PKU, my understanding was that aspartame could cause issues if one’s kidneys were already stressed by pregnancy, kidney stones, kidney disease, or diabetes. I don’t drink aspartame if I can avoid it, and I counsel anyone who will listen to avoid it as well.

    I haven’t heard anything pro or con about acesulfame potassium (“Ace K”), another popular non-sugar sweetener, so I don’t avoid it.

    Very few popular beverages or water additives are sweetened with sucralose or stevia. Of those I tend towards Propel fitness water when I can’t find Ultima Replenisher (both of these are for electrolyte replacement during exercise). Vintage makes a sucralose-sweetened lemonade-like beverage (also sold under Aldi’s house brand) which I like to mix with seltzer. For normal drinking, it’s water, seltzer (including flavored seltzers), or coffee (black, no sugar), or seltzer with a lemon squeezed into it (no sweetener). I’ll drink orange juice either to treat a low or (if it’s fresh-squeezed) as a treat.

    FWIW, when I was a teenager, standard pig-out was monster bags of chips with two-liter bottles of Tab (our generation’s Diet Coke).

  10. Lloyd
    Lloyd March 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | | Reply

    Weird as it sounds, research seems to confirm that there is a significant correlation between drinking diet sodas and weight gain.

    The study says Of course, the findings aren’t directly translatable to humans, but the researchers think they’re still meaningful.

    Controversy developed when, in 1966, a study reported that some intestinal bacteria could desulfonate cyclamate to produce cyclohexylamine, a compound suspected to have some chronic toxicity in animals. Further research resulted in a 1969 study that found the common 10:1 cyclamate:saccharin mixture to increase the incidence of bladder cancer in rats. The released study was showing that eight out of 240 rats fed a mixture of saccharin and cyclamates, at levels of humans ingesting 350 cans of diet soda per day, developed bladder tumors.

    That there may be things about diet pop that are not especially good for you -perhaps.

    Diet soda and weight gain, I think that is a huge stretch. I drink diet soda, and have lost 48 pounds over the last 5 years.

    I followed the diet I was given at Dx, which was about 180 grams of carbohydrate a day. I gained about 50 pounds in the next 12 years.
    I lowered my carbohydrate intake to 80 a day, and lost 35 pounds in 8 months (now down 48 pounds 5 years later.

    That is just a correlation too, but a heck of a lot more convincing than a 0 carbohydrate 0 calorie drink causing significant weight gain.


  11. June S.
    June S. March 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm | | Reply

    I never drank soda very much at all, UNTIL my diagnosis with Type I diabetes in 1972. Then I had at least one can every day, for decades. Some days I had two cans. In 1999 I gave up diet soda entirely, and switched to water.Then I decided I missed it. I have re-introduced it, but I drink no more than 3 of those mini-cans per week. My favorite is Diet Dr. Pepper, and it’s not ever available at eating establishments anyway (not that I ever trust diet soda on tap!)

  12. Tim
    Tim March 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm | | Reply

    How can anyone drink Diet Coke?! That stuff doesn’t even taste like Coke. At least Diet Pepsi actually tastes like Pepsi. I don’t drink either, but when I do want a sugary-tasting drink I have some of the Safeway sugar-free drink mixes (Crystal Light knock-offs). The more complex the flavor, the more you can’t tell it’s sugar-free. Pink Lemonade’s my favorite. Unfortunately, Safeway doesn’t make a Fruit Punch, so when I want that I buy Crystal Light. I don’t drink enough of it to worry about any side effects.

  13. Brian P
    Brian P March 22, 2012 at 5:36 am | | Reply

    I’m type 1 and cut out all artificial sweeteners and diet sodas for Lent this year (2012). It’s been a real eye-opener. I’ve increased my coffee consumption, opting for more cream to make the taste better. Coffee in the afternoon now is necessary to get the caffeine (the Starbucks instant VIA coffee is great, but expensive). I drink unsweetened iced tea when available. I did have one diet soda when it was my only choice one afternoon about a week ago and it tasted SOO SWEET I thought it was regular. You get used to it. I’m sure I could get used to water and black coffee soon, if I wanted. Easter is coming, so it’s decision time! I think I’m going to stick with the artificial-sweetener-free lifestyle. I feel better about my health.

  14. kathy
    kathy March 22, 2012 at 6:37 am | | Reply

    I enjoy my diet Dr. Pepper too much to give it up. I’ve looked to other things like Crystal Light, but they just aren’t the same thing. I rarely drink more than one a day and I honestly think that the enjoyment that I get is worth a small amt of risk. When you’re watching your carbs, fats, and now salt, there are very few choices of food are drink that are completely guilt free. And I’m to old and stubborn to eat or drink things that I just don’t like.

  15. Joe
    Joe March 23, 2012 at 3:53 am | | Reply

    all food is bad for us and we’re gonna die.

    That is how I feel when I read reports about diet soda, soda, food in general.

    I find that YOU have to find what works for YOU and your diabetes whether you are type 1 or 2.

    The world is crazy enough.

  16. RN-INC
    RN-INC March 23, 2012 at 7:01 am | | Reply

    Very Interesting article. You learn something new everyday. Diet Soda causing weight gain is kinda weird, but I can see the “correlation”

  17. Mary Fairweather Dexter
    Mary Fairweather Dexter March 23, 2012 at 9:05 am | | Reply

    While my family snarf down large fries and milk shakes and ice cream sundaes dripping with caramel and chocolate sauce [which they insist they could never live without], they remonstrate me for sipping the Diet Coke which “caused my diabetes.” Just because I’m carrying an umbrella doesn’t mean I made it rain. Correlation should not be confused with cause and effect.

    1. Mary Fairweather Dexter
      Mary Fairweather Dexter March 23, 2012 at 9:11 am | | Reply

      And I’ve been told by medical professionals that “Everyone who goes on insulin gets fat.” Should I stop or cut back!?
      Smoking causes weight loss. So do amputations? The neck weighs over 10 pounds.

      Stress causes diabetes. Let’s not stress over the ridiculous.

  18. kathy
    kathy March 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm | | Reply
    According to this article, diet pop has a blood sugar lowering effect for Type 1s.
    So I’ll believe these results :)

  19. Sue
    Sue March 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm | | Reply

    I was totally addicted to diet coke for several years. I didn’t drink much else. I got tired of drinking all the chemicals so I had a bottle of water with me at all times to get off it. I made herb mint tea that I would dilute with lots of water with no sweetener, or just a tiny bit of sweetener. Now I’m drinking crystal lite peach tea, coffee with flavored creamer during work, and water. I never tasted the stevia sweetened crystal lite, but stevia is what we use for sweetener at home. I’d like to change from regular crystal lite. I will have diet come when going out. But that’s not that often. I didn’t seem to have bad withdrawal symptoms that I recall.

  20. Mary
    Mary March 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | | Reply

    I was an addict during college drinking up to 3 cans a day. I would get headaches, belly aches, etc. I quit cold turkey and instantly felt 200% better within 2 weeks. I’ll never never go back to any kind of soda.

    I also have heard that police use diet soda to remove blood stains from payment. Does anyone know if this is true? The argument this person had was that if Diet Coke is strong enough to clean blood off pavement, then why would you even consider putting it in your body.

  21. Nell
    Nell May 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm | | Reply

    I drank Diet Coke for 52 years. One to two a day. Then they started tasting flat. A year and a half ago I got a water filter pitcher for the fridge and started drinking water. I found it to be delicious!! I now may have a diet Ginger Ale once every 3 months with some food that really calls for it. Popcorn or something like that.

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  24. Steve
    Steve November 28, 2012 at 8:21 am | | Reply

    It’s really my only vice.

  25. Brian M.
    Brian M. November 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm | | Reply

    In response to the paragraph quoted below: Although sodium and caffeine have dehydrating effects the fact is it only negates 2-3 oz of the water in a regular 12 oz can of soda. Overall, soda drinking is a net positive hydrater.

    “Sodium and caffeine can cause dehydration, making you more thirsty, making you drink more diet soda, causing more dehydration… you see where this is going?”

  26. Katherine
    Katherine November 30, 2012 at 5:57 am | | Reply

    My dad is a diabetic and switched from regular pepsi over to diet and his numbers have gotten better as well as his blood pressure. My mom and I are nurses, and I don’t think this is something to freak out about. I grew up with my parents drinking pepsi and diet pepsi, and now I drink diet pepsi. I don’t drink coffee, the only caffeine I get is from the soda. I have a can or two every couple days. Unless you’re consuming a crazy amount each day I wouldn’t worry. If you want to be on the safe side, make sure you’re still taking in some form of calcium, because the carbonation is making the stomach pull calcium from the bones to counter the acididy of the carbonic acid. You really get rid of the carbonation through your respiratory system very quickly so again this is not something to be hugely concerned about. Your body was made to expell co2, and does it well. I’d say if you don’t want to stop taking in diet soda, then don’t! I know I enjoy it, and will continue to do so.

  27. Garr Gantuan
    Garr Gantuan December 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm | | Reply

    In response to: “I instantly felt 200% better in 2 weeks.”:

    “It took me a year to make her an overnight success.” Samuel Goldwyn, legendary movie producer, talking about one of his actresses. Lol.

    By the way people, your anecdotal evidence probably is not helpful to others. Anecdote is not the singular of data. Unless you measure the effect of drinking diet sodas in many people over a long period, and control for other related factors or independent variables, it is useless to say authoritatively that drinking or not drinking diet soda made you lose or gain weight.

    If it worked in your own experience, try to determine if you also did other things like cut your carbs or exercised more or other activities that might change your weight. You would have to be pretty detailed–almost OCD about it. Kind of how scientists are.

  28. Garr Gantuan
    Garr Gantuan December 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm | | Reply

    People who want to lose weight would do well to read Gary Taubes “What if it’s all been a big fat lie?” in the New York Times. Taubes is a science writer who has done personal research on himself as well as a lot of detailed research on the affects of carbs on weight gain.

    There is also a very well-written and well-researched criticism to one of his books, which is posted on The critique was written by a doctor, and it pokes holes in some of Gary Taubes research methods and some conclusions, while validating his general conclusions:

    Basically, eating more protein and fat and vegetables ends up being healthier Tom a while packing on carbs tends to make you fat and unhealthy.

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  31. Rich
    Rich February 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm | | Reply

    I have switched to unsweetened iced tea with lemon, gives the caffeine with no side effects, you could add Stevia if you must have sweet.

  32. Chris moss
    Chris moss May 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm | | Reply

    Crystal light and Mio are full of chemicles and dyes and preservatives. For those who love drinking CL, You really shouldn’t . I used to love CL too, till I decided to read the label and saw all the crap in it. And until I decided to stop drinking or eating things with red dye40 or other dyes.

  33. Chris moss
    Chris moss May 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm | | Reply

    Crystal light and Mio are full of chemicles and dyes and preservatives. For those who love drinking CL, You really shouldn’t . I used to love CL too, till I decided to read the label and saw all the crap in it. And until I decided to stop drinking or eating things with red dye40 or other dyes.

    I drink Lipton grab and go powders ice tea water and nothing else 99 percent of the time.

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  36. Doug See
    Doug See July 14, 2013 at 11:17 am | | Reply

    After reading all of this, I am convinced that NO ONE really knows what they are talking about and that these articles and comments are simply opinions—everyone’s got one. Drink what you like and live right–don’t worry about it.

  37. jacqueline robison
    jacqueline robison March 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm | | Reply

    my comment was cut off before I could press submit send. I don’t drink diet sodas and seldom drink ant sodas. My mother was addicted to it and drank liters every day. She developed strokes and I have read there is a link to heart disease from these diet sodas. I drink coffee in moderation and herbal tea.

  38. Lee Frecklington
    Lee Frecklington June 1, 2014 at 1:59 am | | Reply

    I gave up drinking any kind of fizzy drinks a long time ago and don’t miss them at all. Now I just drink tea and water during the day and a fruit juice with my breakfast, and I feel a lot better for it.

  39. Lee Frecklington
    Lee Frecklington June 1, 2014 at 2:00 am | | Reply

    I gave up drinking any kind of fizzy drinks a long time ago and don’t miss them at all. Now I just drink tea and water during the day and a fruit juice with my breakfast, and I feel a lot better for it.

  40. JBS
    JBS June 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm | | Reply

    Anyone have any research regarding diet soda and micro albumin? Im trying to get rid of the soda, but find that almost anything gives me a bad taste except something fizzy. MY CDE suggested no diet anything, except Stevia. My one can a day of diet…well, I miss it. And when I go looking for research I run into the people who are proclaiming the horrors of aspartame. Nothing solid research-wise except that more than two cans a day was not suggested, clear sodas or root beer was more safe than cola…..

  41. michael ward
    michael ward August 6, 2014 at 10:17 am | | Reply

    I am newly diagnosed diabetic and am testing the waters in this area.
    I need some type of caffine so coffee is a must and some sort of carbonation so I tried pepsi for a month and kept getting adverse reactions then switched to diet soda, while not all that healthy I’m not getting the adverse effects I was getting when I drank regular pepsi, numbness or tingling in my feet have stopped and I alternate between water and diet pepsi as long as I stay hydrated in some way I’m good

  42. Katie enright
    Katie enright August 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm | | Reply

    I’m Katie Enright, I work for Bionime, I find diet soda to be my choice after a good romp. Diet soda got me through a pregnancy from a guy I met online, we had only went on a date but I just let zachary come by whenever, he didn’t talk to me after getting me pregnant, but diet soda got me through it.

  43. Andra
    Andra September 3, 2014 at 7:09 am | | Reply

    I did quit it few years ago. But it only lasted for 2 years. How I did it? My boyfriend made me promise him I wont drink it for 2 weeks. I made that promise and because I was very touched by his determination of making me quit something he thought was bad, I got a lot of sparkling water instead. I had been drinking Cola then for 8 years, 2 l more or less, every day. And I was thinking quitting should be tough because everyone was telling me i was „addicted”. The truth is its not such a difficult addiction, even if people say it IS an addiction. I think quitting smoking is a lot harder (although I dont smoke). I was so commited to my promise that I didnt really feel like drinking any Cola anyway. But I always had very cold sparkling water with me.
    I found out what exactly makes me drink so much Cola. Its not the taste itself, because for example if its on room temperature, I dont feel like drinking it at all, its awful and I change for anything else being very cold. Secondly. I drink it for the sparkles. Cold sparkles, anything with cold sparkles, for me, can replace it.
    Well sometimes I do feel tired, or I have headaches and then again I go to drink a cola, but must be, again, cold and sparkly. If id feel bad and I would have only warm cola I wouldnt touch it.
    And, well, I drink Cola because nothing else in my country is as affordable AND diet.
    After those 2 weeks of no Cola, I had realized I wasnt craving for it so I just went for grapefruit juice instead. I love that stuff too and if it wasnt full of sugars and so expensive, i would probably continue with it instead. Which is exactly what made me go back to Cola after about 2 years. Also, I dont like coffee. And sometimes, although really very rarely, I do drink it because I feel like I need some energy.

  44. Dave
    Dave October 20, 2014 at 6:35 am | | Reply

    Why is it that people make themselves to be so weak? Addicted to this addicted to that. Personal choices and consequences are a part of everyday life. Think before you act, period. Use common sense, it usually works. Nicotine, caffeine, carbs, sugar….the list goes on. Be mindful of what goes in your body, quit making excuses, and take care of yourself. You don’t get a second chance. All the crap that is produced and consumed in this country with total disregard for our health, only to make money. They don’t care about you, you have to care about you. If you don’t want your kids doing it, it’s probably not good for you either. Take a stand and control the things you can control…your behavior.

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