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vdizenzo
03-16-2013, 01:00 PM
I drink a half a gallon to a gallon of water during the day and training. However, in the evening I drink diet soda like I am trying to win a contest (prob a 2l bottle a night). Just love it, always have.

I have been on a bit of a healthier kick. Just don't want to put all those extra chemicals in my body everyday. So today I got a bottle of sodium free club soda, a lemon, and some stevia. I know it can be argued that stevia is not natural because of how it is extracted, but it's certainly closer to natural than artificial sweeteners.

I am pleased to say it is a really good alternative. In addition, adding lemon into my diet is good for a number of reasons. I may just have kicked the habit.

JK1
03-16-2013, 03:33 PM
I drink a half a gallon to a gallon of water during the day and training. However, in the evening I drink diet soda like I am trying to win a contest (prob a 2l bottle a night). Just love it, always have.

I have been on a bit of a healthier kick. Just don't want to put all those extra chemicals in my body everyday. So today I got a bottle of sodium free club soda, a lemon, and some stevia. I know it can be argued that stevia is not natural because of how it is extracted, but it's certainly closer to natural than artificial sweeteners.

I am pleased to say it is a really good alternative. In addition, adding lemon into my diet is good for a number of reasons. I may just have kicked the habit.

While there is delicious goodness in that combination, it is missing one very important ingredient that is key to my overall status---- caffiene.

FearFactory
03-16-2013, 03:44 PM
Nothing to add other than

I am addicted to Diet Mountain Dew. I can easily go through a 2 liter per day.

tcooper
03-16-2013, 04:09 PM
unsweet tea with splenda or other sweetener.

water with crystal light

diet soda, even tho it has no sugar it still has a lot of sodium

Behemoth
03-21-2013, 12:54 AM
diet soda, even tho it has no sugar it still has a lot of sodium

Why do you avoid sodium?

krazylarry
03-21-2013, 12:51 PM
If you don't want to eat artificial sweeteners, that's fine, its your call. But there is 0 scientific evidence that they are bad for you. They only proved down side to diet soda, or any acidic drink is that it bad for tooth enamel.

Alinshop
03-21-2013, 02:24 PM
I drink 3 or 4 diet dr pepper's per day, but I drink at least a gallon of water during the earlier hrs in the day.

Scooter
04-10-2013, 09:37 AM
I've switched over to flavored seltzer and unsweetened green tea. They don't taste as good as soda, but at least they have more flavor than water. Something about diet soda makes me feel like ish now that I'm getting older.

big ragu
04-10-2013, 11:19 AM
I down a gallon and a half of water a day with crystal lite in it. I just can't drink that much plain water, the sweetener makes it bearable. I usually have a diet Pepsi for dinner

Alex.V
04-10-2013, 12:04 PM
What Larry said. Nothing harmful in diet soda.

vdizenzo
04-10-2013, 12:20 PM
If you don't want to eat artificial sweeteners, that's fine, its your call. But there is 0 scientific evidence that they are bad for you. They only proved down side to diet soda, or any acidic drink is that it bad for tooth enamel.

I hear you on that one. Limiting processed foods has helped me my body composition and health. I figured less chemicals in my drinks certainly won't hurt me. It also puts me in a healthier mindset.

DontTakeEmOff31
04-10-2013, 04:30 PM
Isn't there evidence that suggest diet soda or artificial sweetener still causes insulin spikes? Or is that total bullshit?

Alex.V
04-10-2013, 06:44 PM
Isn't there evidence that suggest diet soda or artificial sweetener still causes insulin spikes? Or is that total bullshit?

When injected into a solution containing rat pancreatic cells, yes.

So if you're a rat and want to inject diet coke into your pancreas, I would advise you ahead of time that this may hinder weight loss.

Otherwise, no.

mats183
04-10-2013, 11:24 PM
What about regular soda? If I'm not worried about calories is there any reason to drink diet vs regular?

Matthew Bryduck
04-11-2013, 07:13 PM
Mats183,

Yes, it's called diabetes.

Alex.V
04-12-2013, 09:02 AM
lol.

FearFactory
04-12-2013, 10:46 AM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d2/yukishirotora/diabeetus.jpg

mats183
04-12-2013, 10:25 PM
Touché.
Next question: are all artificial sweeteners created equal or should some be avoided more than others?

Alex.V
04-14-2013, 09:17 AM
Mats- Honestly, there are no documented side effects to ANY of them- saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame-K, and stevia are all GRAS- no carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or any -genic effects, no impact on insulin, nada... they're all relatively inert compounds, particularly at the small doses consumed in most diet products. I'd worry less about the sweeteners than the other ingredients in many of these foods and beverages.

bkoman
04-14-2013, 12:06 PM
Mats- Honestly, there are no documented side effects to ANY of them- saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame-K, and stevia are all GRAS- no carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, or any -genic effects, no impact on insulin, nada... they're all relatively inert compounds, particularly at the small doses consumed in most diet products. I'd worry less about the sweeteners than the other ingredients in many of these foods and beverages.

Hey Alex I was curious if you know why they tell MS patients to not drink diet sodas? Or is that all bullshit?

Alex.V
04-14-2013, 01:36 PM
It is bullshit, man. The MS foundation even debunked this specifically (Look up the official response from Dr. Squillacote back in '99). No physician makes that recommendation- this is actually a myth so old you can find it on snopes.

WorkoutLife
04-16-2013, 08:55 PM
club soda with lemon is definitely a million times better than diet soda. Diet soda is probably one of the worst things to consume. Just stick with water with lemon.