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The Worst Diet Sodas You Can Drink

This week, a freshly revamped Diet Pepsi—with the phrase "now aspartame free" on its silver label—will hit supermarket shelves nationwide. PepsiCo ditched the controversial sweetener aspartame in response to consumer demand, replacing it with sucralose, known by the brand name Splenda, and acesulfame potassium, or ace-K, both sweeteners thought to be safer. "The change reflects widespread public concern about the safety of aspartame," says Lisa Y. Lefferts, senior scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a food safety watchdog group. "Diet sodas contain several questionable ingredients, but aspartame is the one we’re most concerned about." Several animal studies have linked aspartame to cancer risk, and a highly controversial study from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2012 explored a possible link in humans, although even the researchers from that study admitted that it was a weak link. A study last year by the American Cancer Society did not find a link. Other artificial sweeteners—including ace-K and sucralose (both of which are in the newly reformulated Diet Pepsi)—may also pose a cancer risk, and there are safety questions about artifi 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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