Is Diet Coke bad for me?

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  1. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    Frankly, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I did this.
    all the more reason...
     


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    all the more reason...

    Now I think I'm going to cry.
     


  3. javyn

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    The plural of anecdote is data.

    Where in Asia are you? I don't think the bottled jobs are very good regardless where you are. Next time you are in a restaurant ask for Tie Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) to get a feel for real Chinese tea.
     


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    I'll stick to water. Lots and lots of water.

    Jon.



    Not to be a pest or anything, but actually, drinking water is bad for you if your workouts are over 1 hour, and drinking "lots and lots" of water is bad for you period. Your body needs electrolytes and one of the main electrolytes is sodium chloride, which is a salt. Your body loses these through sweat and you need to replenish them. By drinking too much water after sweating you're actually inhibiting electrolyte replenishment by replacing the fluids in your body with water, therefore diluting the salts you already have. This lowered concentration of salts in your body's fluid can lead to dilutional hyponatremia, which results in loss of performance and other severe adverse effects.

    This is why, when a baby (or adult) gets diarrhea doctors recommend giving them pedialyte - not water.

    If your workouts are under one hour then I would stick with water (I drink water during workouts because my workouts are typically about 30 minutes), but if you're working out for over one hour, especially at a high intensity, then you should at least drink something which replenishes electrolytes along with your water. If you are running a five hour marathon you should drink gatorade the whole time and not drink any water.
     


  5. SGladwell

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    Juice - as someone pointed out in another thread a while ago, often has just as much sugar as Coke unless I can either (a) be bothered squeezing it myself (i cant) or (b) start buying it from a freshly squeezed place - and there isnt one near my office or near my house....

    The earlier suggestion of mineral water (by which I mean carbonated) with a splash of fruit juice might work for you. My mother was forced off of soda due to cancer recently and cannot bring herself to drink regular water. So usually she puts a splash of cranberry or pomegranate juice in her water, be it from the fridge filter or San Pellegrino.

    As for me, I'm a water guy. Carbonated or otherwise. Or milk. I love milk. I haven't had a soda that wasn't in a mixed drink in over seven years. No reason, really. I just lost my taste for them one day.
     


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    Because liquids are virtually pre-digested, it's much easier to drink too many calories than to chew too many calories.
     


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    you can get the same benefit from half apple juice/half water as gatorade, with less sodium and more potassium. just thought i'd throw that out there. odor is right electrolytes are important, but my workouts never last more than an hour
     


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    you can get the same benefit from half apple juice/half water as gatorade, with less sodium and more potassium. just thought i'd throw that out there. odor is right electrolytes are important, but my workouts never last more than an hour
    Sodium is good for you. You need it.
     


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    BTW, I ran out of the saccharine I usually put in my iced tea and started using the Splenda that I found here, and Splenda actually tastes pretty good and doesn't leave my teeth feeling all gritty. I don't care that much about the few calories from a sugarcube, but they don't dissolve well in cold drinks, and I don't like ingesting too much sugar like that as my insulin/blood sugar is kind of sensitive and I will be very tired 20 minutes later.
     


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    Not to be a pest or anything, but actually, drinking water is bad for you if your workouts are over 1 hour, and drinking "lots and lots" of water is bad for you period. Your body needs electrolytes and one of the main electrolytes is sodium chloride, which is a salt. Your body loses these through sweat and you need to replenish them. By drinking too much water after sweating you're actually inhibiting electrolyte replenishment by replacing the fluids in your body with water, therefore diluting the salts you already have. This lowered concentration of salts in your body's fluid can lead to dilutional hyponatremia, which results in loss of performance and other severe adverse effects. This is why, when a baby (or adult) gets diarrhea doctors recommend giving them pedialyte - not water. If your workouts are under one hour then I would stick with water (I drink water during workouts because my workouts are typically about 30 minutes), but if you're working out for over one hour, especially at a high intensity, then you should at least drink something which replenishes electrolytes along with your water. If you are running a five hour marathon you should drink gatorade the whole time and not drink any water.
    Yes, but while biking, you can’t refill quickly with anything but water; thus during a 3-4 hour bike ride my thirst is quenched only with water. My gym workouts however are shorter than an hour. Jon.
     


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    J, when brewing iced tea, mix in the sugar while hot. If you let the tea cool down on the stove before putting it in the fridge, it won't get cloudy.
     


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    J, when brewing iced tea, mix in the sugar while hot. If you let the tea cool down on the stove before putting it in the fridge, it won't get cloudy.
    I "brew" cold brew iced tea, which is probably just powdered iced tea in a tea bag with some tea leaves. I am too impatient and don't think ahead enough to make iced tea, and I usually do this at the office. What I should do is make 5 gallons of good, real iced tea and put it in the fridge there.

    But even so, I don't like the effects of sugar on my mood/energy level or on my teeth.
     


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    I know everyone "knows" diet soda is bad for you - but does anyone have actual personal experience - or know a friend - who has suffered ill health in quantifiable ways from artificial sweetner?

    -Jake
     


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    I know everyone "knows" diet soda is bad for you - but does anyone have actual personal experience - or know a friend - who has suffered ill health in quantifiable ways from artificial sweetner?

    -Jake


    There is absolutely no evidence that diet soda is bad for you. Anyone who claims to "know" that is a gullible dupe who probably also "knows" that they are going to get cancer everytime they get a whiff of secondhand smoke.

    One of my biggest gripes with the media is the way they hype junk science-based claims from so-called "public interest" groups like CSPI (other examples include the Alar scare and silicone breast implants) and then completely ignore the responsible scientific evidence establishing that these products are not "bad for you" at all. The latest example is acrylamide, a byproduct of preparing french fries and other fried food products.

    You may want to look at this article, which discusses a recent study establishing that aspartame is perfectly safe:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12155793/

    As stated in the article, the only danger of drinking Diet Coke is that it might lead you to consume more calories than you would if you were drinking regular Coke.
     


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    My mother is diabetic, so I didn't grow up with any regular soda--it tastes waaaay too sweet for me.

    When I lived in China, I'd drink 2-4 diet cokes every day. My students told me I was going to get fat. They didn't understand the difference between diet and regular.

    Here in India, mostly because diet sodas are less available (not within walking distance of my apartment or job and not served at most restaurants) I only drink about one a week. I haven't noticed any difference in my health and I still crave that caffeine kick at about 4pm. My colleagues here tell me I'm going to die early. Apparently there was something nasty in the sodas here a while back and people are still afraid of coke and pepsi. I choose to ignore their warnings (because I'm young and invincible).

    Sara
     


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