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Will Diet Coke Run Up My Blood Sugar Level?

With soda companies advertising their products as cool and refreshing beverages, sometimes it may be difficult to ignore a craving for cola. Due to the high amounts of sugar in cola, some people need to be wary of the effects of it on their blood sugar level. People with diabetes, for example, have high blood sugar levels because their body cannot properly use insulin to lower it. Others may drink diet sodas to prevent weight gain. As an alternative, people can select diet coke as it contains artificial sweeteners. Video of the Day A common sized can of soda is 12 fl. oz., or 335 mL. Diet Coke has one calorie in a 330 mL can compared to 139 calories in the original drink. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, permits five artificial sweeteners--aspartame, acesulfame--K, saccharin, sucralose and neotame. Diet Coke contains no sugar but uses aspartame and acesulfame-K. Limits on Artificial Sweeteners Besides approving the artificial sweeteners for use in foods, the FDA also has guidelines about the acceptable daily intake per kilogram of body weight. The Mayo Clinic illustrates that 50 mg per 1 kg of aspartame is acceptable, approximately equal to 18 or 19 cans of diet cola in Continue reading >>

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  1. Longrifle

    Coke Zero Yes or No

    Ok, I am nine days into this rodeo. No majors worries with diet and what not. It is what it is. Doing the low Carb thing and it seems to be working. I used to drink 5 or 6 20 oz Cokes a day. Yummy, loved those things!
    Now I am drinking a assload of water everyday, is a (1) Coke Zero a day going to have any negtive effect on me? If I can have circle yes if not No. Haha welcome to the third grade again. Thanks

  2. Patdart

    It should be okay. If in doubt, ask your meter is a good rule for questions such as that one.

  3. beefy

    There is much speculation and very little science on the consumption of diet drinks in diabetics.
    We've had discussions about it in the past, and there's certainly evidence that links diet sodas to weight-gain ... and here's what I *think* is happening - based solely on my observations, research and several people's personal anecdotes on soda:
    In SOME people the sweetness of a diet soda seems to trigger an insulin response. Without getting actual carbohydrate into the system (as diet soda has none) this leaves higher-than normal insulin levels.
    When insulin levels are high a couple things happen... one is fat-storage (we all know that) and the other is carbohydrate cravings. The body's response to above-normal insulin in many people is cravings ... because getting glucose into our system will fix the problem. This is also known as the "Chinese Food Effect" - being hungry shortly after eating a high-sugar meal due to excess insulin secretion.
    So for some people diet soda CAN lead to weight-gain, if they give into those cravings and eat something they don't actually need for their caloric/metabolic requirements.
    There are also some people who swear a diet soda still increases their BG's - but those are few/far-between and it doesn't appear to increase it anywhere near as much as regular soda would.
    For myself, I'm a diet-coke drinker (but yes, Coke-Zero tastes more like regular Coke) and will continue to be. The thing I've done is change WHEN I drink it... I now ONLY have my Diet Coke with meals or snacks. That way if there IS any insulin response, there is also food being eaten that coincides nicely. If I'm thirsty outside of meal times (seldom happens unless exercising, since I eat every 3 to 3.5 hrs) I have water.
    The best thing to do, of course, is test yourself. Test your BG's before/after, and see if you do/don't crave anything if drinking a soda without food.

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