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3/1/13 3:45 P

I feel like if there is a question as to whether diet soda is bad for you (or how bad for you it is anyway) why drink it at all? It has zero nutritional value. If you like the fizziness seltzer water is good for that!

I agree that obviously it's better than regular soda and you should take baby steps if there is no other way. But it's kind of like quitting smoking. Would you really switch to light cigarettes? I feel that the best way to cut the sweet addiction is to cut it out. Or you can be like my mom and still be on nicotine patches 10 years later :(

I also agree with eating low fat versus non fat. You need some fat to function and the amount of calories isn't that different. The taste is so much better and there is less sugar, generally.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/1/13 3:31 P

I have read so much about artifical sweetners and the only consistant thing was that diet soda was not good for your teeth. I could not find a consistant answer for anything else. Some places said that that it was bad for you and other places said it wasn't. So do what is best for you. Read lables. Do your homework. Good luck in this.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,342
3/1/13 11:54 A

If this is what helps you cut calories then great. I hope it works for you and you reach your goals.

Personally I practice moderation. I drink low fat or fat free milk, but I am not willing to give up full fat cheese. Or real sugar. That is just me though. If this works for you and you can sustain it for a lifetime, then more power to you.

I think that if you must have soda, drinking sugar free soda must be a better option.

I wish you luck in your Spark People Journey.

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3/1/13 11:45 A

Ditto what Ruth said.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
3/1/13 9:46 A

Just because they're sugar free, low fat, and lower calories does not mean that they're healthy or healthier choices.

Edited by: SPOORK at: 3/1/2013 (09:46)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,141
3/1/13 9:37 A

There seems to be much controversy on sugar free foods....some say that artificial sweetners are okay & others say artificial sweeteners cause obesity. Since I stopped eating sugar free foods I found it easier to lose weight...some people even have reactions which can include rash, muscle aches, seizures, headaches, etc. I elimated refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners from my diet. Seems sugar Alcohols (which are often used in products labeled sugar free) raised my blood sugar levels and I craved more food.

ANARIE Posts: 13,111
3/1/13 9:33 A

"0 calorie soft drinks are full of chemicals that are related to kidney problems, a messed up metabolism, obesity, chemical "hangovers", cell damage, reproductive issues and tooth decay:

This simply isn't true. The information comes from "Prevention" magazine, which is INFAMOUS for mis-reporting research.

The kidney study didn't look at what ELSE the people drank, and it didn't look at where these people lived. People who drink diet sodas generally drink less water, and often they drink soda because there's something wrong with the water they do drink. Where I'm living right now, diet soda consumption is extremely low but the incidence of kidney problems is huge, because the water is extremely alkaline and hard. And it has been that way since long before diet soda was invented. Some historians are trying to find out cause of death for people in the old cemeteries here, and they're finding that kidney disease was a major killer as far back as they can find records. People around here might be better off if diet soda were more available!

The study listed here under "obesity" is probably the most mis-reported piece of scientific research in history. The researchers wrote all over their report that it's a chicken-and-egg situation. The scientists themselves insist that they are NOT suggesting that diet soda consumption causes obesity. They lean a little more toward suggesting that obesity causes diet soda consumption. It's extremely likely that the relationship between the two is that when people realize that they're gaining weight, the first thing they do is start drinking Diet Coke. If that's the only thing they do, they're going to keep gaining weight. The diet soda isn't to blame for the weight gain; it's just to blame for not stopping the weight gain.

And the other 5 studies (mis)reported in that article are ALL talking about something other than artificial sweeteners. They're all about other ingredients, or about things that both diet sodas AND regular sodas do.

That doesn't mean that diet soda is good for you. It's not. It does harm your teeth, just like regular soda does, and it won't help you lose weight all by itself. But using small amounts of artificial sweetener in place of high-calorie sweeteners IS a reasonable way to start reducing your total calorie intake. If you've been drinking lots of regular soda, or "juices" that aren't really juice (like Hi-C, Kool-aid, etc), the best thing is to just stop and drink water instead, but if you're not ready, drinking the sugar-free version is a good way to step it down and reduce calories while you're trying to get to the point where you can cut them out altogether.

Never trust a magazine published by Rodale for health information. Their writers are paid squat and encouraged to sensationalize; they are not paid enough to be able to take the time to read and understand the research itself. They repeat and distort what they read about research instead of reading it themselves; it's like a game of "telephone," except that the winner is the one with the most interesting wrong answer instead of the one who comes closest to the original message.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,128
3/1/13 9:12 A

I think (JMO) that sometimes people lose sight of the fact that making healthier choices and changing our lifestyles, does not happen overnight. It's a process of making small changes, and building on those. Personally my choices have evolved a LOT since I started, and it wasn't because people fussed at me that the improvements I was making weren't "good enough".

I think for example, that choosing, say, no sugar added juice instead of a "juice cocktail" which is maybe 10% juice and otherwise sugary flavored water-- well that's a GREAT step in the right direction. Low-fat dairy is another GREAT move. True, you have to be careful with "low fat" or "no fat" because sometimes they make up for the lower fat by adding something else like sugar. But not always. 2% milk or even skim milk, just has the fat removed and nothing else added.

And I think if someone is used to chugging down a couple 3 or 4 sugary sodas a day, switching to a zero calorie soda on the road to maybe eventually giving up soda altogether.... well that's FABULOUS.

So to the OP, I say-- go you!

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3/1/13 7:52 A

Sugar free juices still contain a lot of sugar and no fibre. It's better to eat the whole fruit and reserve "drinks" as a special treat. It's essentially wasted calories because juice won't keep you satisfied.

0 calorie soft drinks are full of chemicals that are related to kidney problems, a messed up metabolism, obesity, chemical "hangovers", cell damage, reproductive issues and tooth decay:

Don't be fooled by "sugar-free", "no sugar added" or "fat-free" marketing gimmicks. Most of these foods either naturally contain no fat, use fat/sodium/artificial sweeteners to replace the sugar or use sugar/sodium to replace the fat. Be sure you read and understand the nutritional information and ingredients.

Low fat dairy is fine but just be sure to read the labels, flavoured yogurts for example may be "low" or "0 fat" but are loaded in sugar.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/1/2013 (07:56)
NADERBA Posts: 3
3/1/13 4:02 A

I started buying sugar free juces, 0 calories soft drinks (light), and low fat diary products instead of full fat.... all these will add up reducing the total intake calories.

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