19 May 06 23:44


advise — Please help me out. I heard that diet soda can prevent weight loss. Is this true? I lost 10 pounds just going from regular to diet soda. When I reduced my diet soda intake for water, I quit retaining water. I drink about 64oz water daily and 3-4 glasses of diet soda. If I stop drinking diet soda, will my weight loss efforts be more beneficial?
20 May 06 00:57
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LuckySmile — It is a possibility. Diet soad has artificial sweeteners in it, I don't know how easily the body rids itself of them (I've heard they build up in your body). If they can't be eliminated from your body than your body will use fat to dilute them (this is why many people start fat loss off with a detox diet)

Another reason it may hinder fat loss is because drinking diet soda keeps your body addicted to sweets, and while you may not be getting any calories from the soda, the other sweets that you crave probably have calories.
20 May 06 19:08
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happytapper — This is a portion of a newsletter of Teresa Tapp...I know it goes into detail about regular soda too but it's good info!

Just for the Taste of It? - Think Twice
Many of us enjoy carbonated soft drinks from time to time but do you drink them regularly? Carbonated drinks, especially those that contain "caramel coloring" have side effects that can affect your health...especially bone density. Furthermore, drinking diet soda sweetened with aspartame brings up another issue - is it worth it? Here's some info that might interest you:

The average pH of soft drinks, such as Coke and Pepsi, is pH 3.4. This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones! Our human body stops building bones during early 30's - after that it dissolves about 8 - 18% of the bones each year through the urine depending on the acidity of food intake. (Acidity doesn't depend on the taste of the food, but on the ratio of potassium - calcium - magnesium, etc. to phosphorus) All the dissolved calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries, veins, skin tissue, and organs. This affects the functioning of the kidney (thus kidney stones).

Soft drink bubbles and fizz is caused by phosphoric acid and carbon dioxide. Thephosphorus in the acid upsets the body's calcium-phosphorus ratio and dissolves calcium out of the bones and teeth. This weakens the skeletal structure and can eventually result in osteoporosis. Phosphorus also conflicts with the hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach making it less effective or totally ineffective. This promotes indigestion and causes bloating in many individuals. Drinking soda with meals has even been linked to cause heartburn.

Carbon dioxide is a waste product that the body expels each time we breathe out. Whyshould we ingest something that the body is trying to eliminate? Two months ago, there was a competition in Delhi University "Who can drink the most Coke?" The winner drank 8 bottles and died on the spot because of too much carbon dioxide in the blood and not enough oxygen. From then on, the principal banned all soft drinks from the university canteen. On average, a 12 oz glass of soda contains from 2 to 4 grams of CO2. Diet sodas have much more carbonated water than regular sodas (that's why a sealed can of diet soda will float in water but a regular can of soda will sink).

Tuft's University reported that Americans consume 70% more soda today than 20 yrs ago.The average American consumes 47 gallons of soda per year! The major downside to drinking lots of soda is that the acid in it can eventually erode tooth enamel. Someone put a human tooth into a bottle of Pepsi and in 10 days it dissolved! Since teeth and bones are the only human organs that stay intact for years after death, can you imagine what soft drinks must be doing to your soft intestines and stomach lining?

Soft drinks do not have any nutritional value (in terms of vitamins and/or minerals). They have higher sugar content, higher acidity, and more additives such as preservatives and colorings. The caramel coloring used to tint majority of soft drinks has been proven to have genetic effects and is known as a cancer causing suspect. Caramel coloring is burnt sugar. Ask any biologist about burnt sugar and he will tell you that it is a carcinogen. Additionally, scientists have used caramel coloring in lab experiments on mice to interfere with leukocyte action (white cells). In other words, caramel coloring is immunosuppressive. The FDA knows this and insures that anything containing caramel coloring must note this on the label. The good news is that the immunosuppressive property of caramel coloring drops away when you quit ingesting it.

Another ingredient of soda is sugar...LOTS of sugar! A 12 oz can of soda contains 11 teaspoons of sugar (40 grams). Can something so common and so tasty be unhealthy? The ingestion of sugar causes the body to lose calcium and several other minerals, setting the stage for osteoporosis, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. Sugar creates high blood sugar levels, excess insulin production, insulin resistance and exhaustion of the pancreas. Two recent Harvard studies have linked diets high in sugars/refined starches to increased risk of developing diabetes. The World Health Organization now reports that Type 2 diabetes is at epidemic proportions in countries where sugar and starches are consumed regularly. This type of diabetes is not caused by the pancreas not making insulin, but by the body's inability to use insulin. We've over sugared ourselves...literally to death.

For your information, there is only one sugar that doesn't immediately raise blood sugar levels. It is raw cane sugar juice that has been dehydrated and granulized. It is sold in health food stores under the name "Sucanat".

Did you know that processed sugar is immunosuppressive? Many studies have proven this. The book, "Sugar Blues" by William F. Duffy, discusses the actual biological response the body goes through after ingesting processed sugars, demonstrating his thesis that processed sugar is a drug, not a food. To make a long process short, within minutes of ingesting sugar, your blood sugar levels rise. The body, wishing to maintain homeostasis (state of body balance) does everything in its power to reduce this level of sugar. Though the human body can do many things at once, when it must focus its efforts on one process, other processes suffer. For example, when the pancreas is producing insulin, it is not producing enzymes to fight cancer (pancreatic enzymes eat cancers). This is why it is so important to remember the word "moderation" - anything in excess upsets the body's ability to maintain homeostasis.

The sugar from one can of soda pop can suppress your immune system for up to 6 hours!

Sugar gives you a lift or burst of energy, then sends you crashing down with feelings of fatigue, like caffeine does. Then you drink more, to get another charge, and this pattern damages the adrenal glands. One of the causes of chronic fatigue syndrome is exhausted adrenal glands.

But artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar! Aspartame (NutraSweet) breaks down in the body into substances that are damaging to the nervous system. On May 20th, 1999 - CBS News reported that researchers warn of a possible danger linked to drinking diet soda. The study revealed that when a can of diet soda is stored at room temperature, the aspartame in it can break down into the chemical formaldehyde. CBS 2 News reported that formaldehyde is known to cause cancer and birth defects. "In low doses in the environment, it's safe," internist Dr. Michael Hirt told CBS 2 News. "In high doses, it can be a problem to humans." The problem only occurs in some sodas left at room temperature...however, many sodas bought from stores are often stored at room temperature (or higher) for months.

The FDA has received more complaints about aspartame than from any other food additive they have ever passed. Complaints range from headaches, to stomach cramps, to muscle fatigue, and NutraSweet has been linked to neurological disorders such as Fibromyalgia and Alzheimer's Disease.

At last month's Business & Professional Women's meeting, Dr. Louise Gutowski (Naturopathic Physician from Scottsdale) presented eye-opening information on the subject of aspartame. She read excerpts from the recent World Environmental Conference's announcement of an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus and its correlation to the use of aspartame. Some of their findings indicated that when the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees the wood alcohol in it converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis.

Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class as cyanide and arsenic ­ deadly poisons! Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis (MS); thus, people were diagnosed with having it in error. In the case of systemic lupus, it has become almost as rampant as MS, especially in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers.

With Methanol toxicity, victims usually drink three to four 12 oz cans per day and in the case of lupus, the victim usually doesn't know that the aspartame is the culprit. Several thousand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the Desert Storm Troops. (remember heat liberates the methanol at 86 degrees) Drinks sat in the 120 degree sun for weeks at a time and subsequently all of their symptoms are identical to aspartame poisoning.

Users of aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonfuls, etc) not only can suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, but can also suffer from spasms, shooting pains, numbness in the legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision and/or memory loss. Is it worth it?

Another ingredient of soda is Polyethelene glycol. Glycol is used for antifreeze in autos and as an oil solvent. And we voluntarily drink this?

The Congressional record states, "There is no reason to take this product ­ it is not a diet product ­ it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you fat." Formeldehyde created from aspartame gets stored in fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. And we wonder why it's so difficult to lose weight in our hip and thighs! Weight gain doesn't just occur from excess calories consumed in ratio to number of calories expended - biochemistry balance is important. Chemicals create havoc with our biochemistry and as we age elimination systems slow or break down so accumulation of chemicals/toxins occur. Additionally the high sodium content of soda often causes water retention and long time soft drink intake has been shown to affect the function of the kidneys and bladder. It has been shown that the ingredients of soda destroy beneficial flora in the colon, often causing constipation. This locks toxins in the body so that they cannot be eliminated properly. Thus, the blood becomes impure and the cells are affected. In order to lose weight, fat must be flushed from the cells. The enzymes responsible for aiding the process of fat-release from cells become paralyzed when they are poisoned and cannot do their job. Drinking diet soda can actually make loss of weight more difficult to achieve!

Now for the scary news...No medical journal has reported this, however, industry magazines, such as "Flying Safety" and "Navy Physiology" have reported the following: At high altitudes, (because NutraSweet contains 10% methanol) oxygen deprivation soon follows consumption of diet sodas, leading to dizziness, loss of vision, sudden memory loss and even epileptic fits.

Some people like to have cold soft drinks with each meal, guess what's the impact? Our body has an optimum temperature of 37 degrees for the functioning of digestive enzymes. The temperature of cold soft drinks is much less than 37, sometimes quite close to 0. This will put stress on the digestive system, digesting less food. In fact the food gets fermented. The fermented food produces bad smelling gases, decays and forms toxins which are absorbed in the intestines, get circulated in the blood and is delivered to the whole body. This spread of toxins can lead to the development of various diseases.

When having soda, select glass bottles instead of aluminum cans. Aluminum gets into soft drinks because the phosphoric acid eats away at the aluminum containers now used. The industry claims to have solved this problem by plastic coating the interior of the cans. Nevertheless, toxic amounts of aluminum still reach into the beverage. Aluminum is deposited in the brain and bone and is implicated in Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. Incidentally, other common sources of ingested aluminum are antacids and processed cheese....but that's another topic for another newsletter!

Well, I know that this newsletter isn't going to stop the consumption of cola drinks or diet soda but at least now you know what you're drinking. Just because something is low calorie doesn't mean its better. All chemicals and preservatives alter biochemistry and some people are more sensitive to these items than others. Try to keep soda consumption to a minimum (hey, even I enjoy a Coke now and then) and drink plenty of water. Personally, once I realized all the side effects from soda and aspartame, I switched to iced tea. Another great beverage I enjoy is "Gerosteiner Natural Sparkling Mineral Water" and lately I've been enjoying it with a drop of Grapefruit Essential Oil ... tastes so good! Natural mineral water delivers nutritional benefits as well (great for improving skin elasticity). It's my natural "soda" ...free of chemicals, additives or preservatives. You can find it in most health food stores.

Furthermore, if you must drink sodas with caramel coloring, it is important to supplement 1,000 mg or more of calcium/magnesium on a daily basis to help protect your bones and teeth (best taken before bedtime). Also try to consume natural sources of calcium from vegetables (broccoli), nuts (almonds) and dairy every day.
28 Feb 09 16:19
hi — I need help with my science prject
31 Mar 09 14:49
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*elizabeth* — No diet soda for me, because I can't stand the taste of it. But I enjoy diet iced tea. and I've been hooked on crystal light. Maybe thats where I grew my sweet tooth. Regular H2O will ease my sweet tooth? I wonder. Although I feel like I need SOMETHING to keep me happy. Crystal Light helps me through the day and I feel as though I'm almost cheating. Am I?
14 Apr 09 19:02
The average pH of soft drinks, such as Coke and Pepsi, is pH 3.4. This acidity is strong enough to dissolve teeth and bones! Our human body stops building bones during early 30's - after that it dissolves about 8 - 18% of the bones each year through the urine depending on the acidity of food intake. (Acidity doesn't depend on the taste of the food, but on the ratio of potassium - calcium - magnesium, etc. to phosphorus) All the dissolved calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries, veins, skin tissue, and organs. This affects the functioning of the kidney (thus kidney stones). 

This is the stupidest thing I've ever read. You have no idea how the human body works and you would earn an F- in any introductory physiology class. Go back to school before your start giving our nutritional advice you fucking moron.
15 Apr 09 04:26
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chinmay62 — i think dat u r really thinking too much just drink diet soda and water in proportion which u feel is proper for ur body...just b as urand b fit..
it is really important to have good amt of water... 
08 Jun 09 15:52
dv;mcm — btw this didnt help me at all! i need to know things about it sooo....4get this!!!
10 Jul 09 16:57
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ultimatehlth — Studies have shown that drinkers of diet soda actually eat more calories than those who are primarily water drinkers. This usually happens because diet soda drinkers feel they can allow more food since the soda is calories free and also diet soda leads drinkers to snack more simply because it's more pleasurable to have a treat with it.
11 Jul 09 01:34
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i can tell you from personal experience i lost more weight when i didnt drink ANY soda at all. I drink diet soda now and im not losing weight anymore. yes, it could be from other factors, but I do know that when i didnt drink soda at all the weight basically fell off. I lost about 30 pounds in 4 months. Hope this helps!
13 Jul 09 03:33
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dnizdavidson — Thanks for that post, Happytapper.

In addition to that, here is another article that can answer the aforementioned question... womentowomen.com/healthyweight/dietsoda.aspx

i hope everyone is going to read it...
15 Jul 09 20:11
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tjcocker — Trust me, any soda will not help you lose weight. No, I can't explain it scientifically, but absolutely everyone I've ever known that switched from diet soda to water lost weight.
You'll also lose your sweet tooth because you won't be so used to it. When you're drinking something sweet all day you dull your taste buds, so you'll need even more sugar to be able to appreciate the sweetness like you used to. This leads to craving sugary foods and drinks, it's like a vicious circle.
Crystal light isn't that much better either, sorry. Try lemon/or lime juice, or some other totally natural flavoring. You'll get used to it over time. Right now I can barely eat real sugar because it tastes so strong and kinda bad. It makes my wife angry, because I used to be the biggest dessert eater, now she is. It's all about making yourself try something new, and not falling into the mental trap of "I can't possibly go a day without soda, or sugar, I'll just die!!!" No, you won't. Trust me. I have a lot of ideas and anyone can ask me anything you want. I like to help.
04 Aug 10 14:24
Do you think that aspartame prevents weight loss? I used to always drink regular soda and I've been drinking diet soda for atleast 3-4 months now. I have not noticed any changes (weight loss) not even a tiny bit. Do you think I quit soda all together in order to notice a difference?
07 Aug 10 02:30
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Diet or not soda is not going to help weight loss. The best thing to do would be avoid both but I guess if you had to have one diet would be the best option.
16 Aug 10 23:15
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CW1217 — The studies suggesting diet sodas, or anything containing sugar substitutes, can contribute to weight gain are based almost entirely on animal research. What scientists have found is that a rodent's brain relies on the link between taste and calories to keep track of just how much eating has occurred. Sugar substitutes—saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, neotame, and acesulfame-K—unbundle the taste of sweetness from calories: The taste buds tell the brain that food is coming in, but the body doesn't get the energy it's expecting. This, apparently, undermines the ability of rats to judge how much they've consumed, and, over time, they begin to overeat and gain weight.
The same mechanism may occur in people, too, but we don't yet know for sure. Though some human studies indicate sugar substitutes help with short-term weight loss, an equal number suggest they don't. My particular concern is that artificial sweeteners are 200 to 13,000 times as sweet as sugar, and that is a potent stimulus for turning a sweet tooth into a fang. Other research suggests that the taste of sweetness is mildly addictive—the more you eat, the more you need to feel fully satisfied. If artificially sweetened sodas increase your cravings, the calories they take out of your diet are apt to sneak back in later when you, for instance, need a larger or sweeter dessert to feel satisfied.
27 Sep 13 09:12
GuestX — i noticed that when I stopped soda and went low carb the weight fell off. (5 lbs in a week or 3% body weight). now that I am occasionally drinking a non-diet soda and still eating low carb, the trend has stopped and is starting to reverse. i am staring to believe there is something more about soda than the calorie count. this belief is reinforced by the soda companies advocating the "fact" that soda has calories like any other food and should be taken in moderation which means the real story is much worse (sort of like the cigarette corporations who swear smoking does not cause cancer). I'll stop the soda entirely and see what happens. I am pretty sure, the original trend of dropping weight will start again.

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