Posts Tagged ‘diet soda’

Thoughts on: 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News

When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you\’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there\’s more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.

via 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News.

Oh, please.  The front page of ABC News, in the middle of what could eventually become a constitutional crisis over government control of health care, a lingering crisis over what our government was running in Benghazi and why they were willing to our ambassador and his protective guard be killed without the slightest actual response, crisis upon crisis in DC and the front page we’re getting is:

Diet soda is bad, mmkay?

Full of quotes from, ahem, alternative health sources hoping to uncover vast sins of corporate greed in Big Food.

Look.

Diet soda is associated with poor health and obesity because a lot of  obese people drink it.  And there are a lot of obese people out there.

Diet soda has not been conclusively shown via exhaustive study to do anything to your blood sugar.  The most often quoted study had only 17 participants.  The other studies are rat studies, and we don’t use rat studies to make recommendations to people.

Should you drink it?  Let’s assume you’re not sensitive to the sweetener itself — if you were, you’d absolutely positively know in a life threatening way.    So, as an alternative to caloric beverages, diet soda is a better choice.  Sure we’d rather you drink water.  Out of your tap or inexpensive home filter, so you can drink plenty.  But if you want a soda and there’s diet, you are not going to be harmed by that.  If you find you want more sweet stuff because diet soda is sweet, are you placing the blame on the soda when you already want something sweet?  You be the judge there.

In other words — bogus article slipped in to fill space this particular network is not going to fill with true stories about real news.

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Blow to Bloomberg: Appeals Court Rules NYC’s Big Sugary Drink Ban Unconstitutional

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority and acted unconstitutionally when it tried to put a size limit on soft drinks served in city restaurants.In a unanimous opinion, the four-judge panel of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division said that the health board was acting too much like a legislature when it created the limit, which would have stopped sales of non-diet soda and other sugar-laden beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces.

via Blow to Bloomberg: Appeals Court Rules NYC’s Big Sugary Drink Ban Unconstitutional | TheBlaze.com.

Should you be drinking giant sugary soft drinks?  No.

Should you be ABLE TO BUY THEM?  Yes.

 

Is diet soda making me depressed?

Surprisingly, the research showed diet soda drinkers were at the highest risk for depression. Chen doesn’t have an answer for the correlation, but his study adds to a growing body of research that shows artificially sweetened beverages can lead to poor health outcomes.

via Diet Soda Linked with Depression | Men’s Health News.

It’s possible.   In any study which does not show a method via which an outcome can be linked with its cause, all we can say for sure is there is an association between drinking diet soda and being depressed.

It could just be that obese people are more likely to be depressed.  Part of this correlation, though, is probably from people who are really on top of the connection between what they eat and how they feel, and these people don’t drink a lot of soda of any kind.

Definitely, your take-away here isn’t just that you should drink less soda.  The big deal here is the same as a multitude of other studies — the more you vary from eating natural things close to their natural form, the worse your health is likely to be.

Drinking Diet Soda Linked to Depression

English: Sodas and soft drinks at a Supermarket

People who regularly drank four or more cans of any type of soda a day were 30 percent more likely to have received a diagnosis of depression than people who did not drink soda. The risk of depression was especially high for people who drank diet soda — a 31 percent increased risk compared to a 22 percent increased risk for those who drank regular soda, the researchers said.  Those who drank four or more cans of diet fruit drinks were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to those who did not drink diet fruit drinks.

via Drinking Diet Soda Linked to Depression | LiveScience.

Let’s be clear — no one is claiming that drinking diet soft drinks CAUSES depression.  At this point, what’s been shown in this study is an ASSOCIATION between being depressed and drinking four or more cans of diet soft drinks per day.    Depressed people may, clearly, drink more diet soda.  There is an association, for example, between obesity and depression; also between self-perceived fatness and depression.  Perhaps there’s even a link between low-dose caffeine intake and depression.

Does this mean you should stop drinking diet soda because of this study?  Not necessarily. But is it a good idea to give up diet soda?  The jury is still out, there will be more news forthcoming, so pay attention.  Diet soda may or may not cause an insulin response (there’s studies showing both, with more studies underway), which may or may not make you extra hungry as a result.   In case you’re wondering, there’s definitely not a reason to switch from noncaloric soda to the large number of sugar calories in regular soda.  But do pay attention to what you eat and drink.  Everything you ingest either assists you toward your ultimate goals, or does not.  So pay attention to how things appear to affect you.

7 side effects of drinking diet soda

… knowing these 7 side effects of drinking diet soda may help you kick the can for good.

via 7 side effects of drinking diet soda – MSN Healthy Living – Health and Wellness.

We’ll continue to warn you that diet soda’s association with obesity may be mostly because obese people drink diet soda, but there are other reasons to switch to another noncaloric beverage too.

Mercyhurst study aims to identify sucralose levels in beach water | Mercyhurst College

Faculty and student researchers at Mercyhurst University continue to investigate the presence of potentially harmful chemicals in the beach waters of Presque Isle State Park and have added a new one to their list: sucralose. A chlorinated form of sucrose found in artificial sweeteners, sucralose is used in an estimated 4,500 products ranging from Halloween candies to diet sodas.

Biochemistry majors Gregg Robbins-Welty and Erin Cox sample local beach waters.

Studies suggest that approximately 95 percent of ingested sucralose is not metabolized by the body and is excreted into the water supply, said Dr. Amy Parente, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Mercyhurst

via Mercyhurst study aims to identify sucralose levels in beach water | Mercyhurst College.

Your diet soda pee is polluting the countryside.

Pepsi Next Review

Here come the mid-calorie drinks.  You may remember we were pretty happy with Dr. Pepper 10, a soda with 10 calories per 12 ounce serving.  Pepsi’s take on the mid calorie concept is to split the diet/regular dichotomy right down the middle, with a  half the calories of a Pepsi.  National distribution starts March 26, though you may be able to check it out now.

You get the high fructose corn syrupy sweet taste of a regular soda, and the artificial sweetener taste of a diet soda, together.  Which is an unusual middle ground already tried unsuccessfully by both Coke (Coke C2) and Pepsi (Pepsi Edge and Pepsi XL).    Now that there’s Pepsi Max, with a different combination of artificial sweeteners yielding a more Pepsi-like taste, it’s confusing, just who will be buying Pepsi Next.    Diet  drinkers wanting more  Pepsi-ness will go for Pepsi Max, and Pepsi-ness seekers wanting full Pepsi taste will go for regular Pepsi.

How’s it taste?  Generally not bad, though it has an odd flatness not unlike a soda fountain Pepsi.  The relative sharpness of Pepsi over Coke is somehow missing.  Overall, in our subjective opinion it didn’t taste as good as Pepsi Max, which tastes pretty much like Pepsi.  Not as much as Coke Zero tastes like Coke, but close enough.

Our recommendation:  the reformulated diet colas Coke  Zero and Pepsi Max have a better flavor with very little diet sweetener taste, and are non-caloric.  The   60 calories in Pepsi Next represent, for myself, 10 minutes on the treadmill to burn it off, and it’s not really worth the walk.