Im intrigued by the fact that there are soooo many gay men addicted to it. Do they really put crack in it keep people addicted?
I think Ive only had two my entire life. I really don't understand how you get hooked on something that tastes like real Coke mixed with sink water. Please explain.
Caffeine is addictive, I'm not much of a soda drinker either but I imagine it is similar to a coffee addiction, which I certainly have.
I can understand Coke Zero addiction. That actually tastes good. I saw some say that Coke Zero was meant to be marketed at men - their Pepsi Max - while Diet Coke was for women.
I think these drinks are all addictive and the diet version is just as bad, if not worse with all the extra chemicals and sweeteners added.
Only fat fraus drink Diet Coke (which tastes like aluminium to me). Coke Zero is the male equivalent.
I used to love Tab. What a unique taste! God knows what was in it!
My husband quit drinking almost 2 years ago. But now he drinks a 2 litre bottle of Diet Coke every day. He hates Coke Zero.
I will occasionally have a Dr. Pepper 10, or a bottle of root beer from our local craft brewer.
I'd rather have a nice unsweetened ice tea with lemon.
Can someone pick me up a Diet-Rite? I need it to wash down my Metrecal.
I drink Diet Pepsi (with caffeine), water, and Diet Lemon Iced Tea.
That's it. I don't drink coffee, or alcohol. Diet Coke taste disgusting.
How could anybody hate Coke Zero, it tastes just like real coke. I'm addicted to it. I drink a 6 pack a day.
r5 [quote]drinks a 2 litre bottle of Diet Coke every day.
Holy fucking shit. Do you know how bad that crap is?
r8 [quote] I drink a 6 pack a day.
Pepsi One tastes most like "real" cola--it's sweetened with Splenda.
Wrong r11. And r10 no one needs you being all judgy.
I hate Coke Zero BECAUSE it tastes like real Coke. I never drank real Coke (or any other carbonated beverage) until Diet Coke came out in the mid-'80s. After that I was hooked-- three or four every morning at work (and often one on the way, if I was driving.) But never after lunch; didn't like the caffeine effect on my sleeping. And it's hard to find Caffeine-Free DC (or any other uncaffeinated diet soda) at a restaurant.
If I mistakenly get served regular Coke at a restaurant, I have to send it back -- it's so sickly sweet I can't even get down more than one gulp.
The main thing I miss when traveling outside of the U.S. is that Diet Coke tastes different.
It's not just the caffeine. It's the sweetness too. Your brain gets psychologically addicted to that.
Once you have had Coke Zero, Diet Coke tasty as vile as Tab. It is nasty.
Pepsi One is the best tasting no calorie soda. Pepsi Max is the runner up, then Coke Zero. Diet Coke is just nasty.
[quote] a bottle of root beer from our local craft brewer.
How come you never see a thin person drinking Diet Coke?
I can't believe there are people who PREFER Diet Coke to the real stuff. Then again Coke is crap anyway. Pepsi is better. I hardly ever drink cola and when I do, I prefer to drink the real stuff to diet.
Diet sodas hurt your diet, not help it. I don't remember the specifics enough to explain it, but I have seen several articles that talk about studies finding the same result over and over.
I think it had something to do with your brain expecting calories (energy) to accompany the sweet taste, and then when there aren't any your brain increases your hunger as a result.
I think there was also something about people not having evolved for such strong sweetness as the artificial sweeteners provide. When you get used to the sweetness of constantly drinking diet soda, your baseline gets reset or something. So say you eat a piece of cake, and normally you would go 'ew that's too sweet' instead your brain just kinda says 'meh, whatever' and you keep on eating.
Like I said, I forget the specifics. The articles are out there for the really interested. Google is your friend.
Diet sodas are a diuretic so if you give them up you will in the short term gain weight. You will also have severe caffeine withdrawal.
Yes, they make you hungry and gain weight. Yes they assault your kidneys with salt. But in the short term, giving them up causes misery.
R12. No, I'm not--it has less dirty aftertaste.
Should be diety not dirty. damn autocorrect.
There is some evidence that suggest what you are talking about priming your body for calories R21 but it is still more of a working hypothesis.
But your second point is the real problem alot of people have with diet sodas. They continue the real problem because they continue acclimating people to very sweet flavors. People aren't meant to be eating and drinking these super sweetened concoctions. Once you get rid of relying on that you realize that natural sugars in a ripe seasonal fruit are perfection. And that all these sweets that inundate the American diet are absurd.
Drink water, flavored with some lemon or cucumber if you want flavor. Get used to natural flavors, not overpowered unnatural sweetness.
Splenda. Orange Crush diet soda. Very sweet, just like the real thing. Splenda is the best tasting artificial sweetener by a long mile.
Soda POP is not for everyday kids, diet or not.
Real Coke is my favourite hangover remedy. Delicious and comforting. Then a burger.
Is Splenda only in Canada?
No, we have Splenda in the US, too. It's sucralose; supposedly made from sugar. The FDA says it's OK; interestingly they don't give their OK to stevia, the current trendy natural sweetener.
I gave up Diet Coke earlier this year and have switched to diet sodas sweetened with Splenda (Hansen's Natural, Sparkling Ice) or Stevia (Zevia Soda). I also use a SodaStream to make my own.
I gave up all that stuff. I drink brewed black tea and green tea, unsweetened. Maybe an occasional club soda with lemon or lime. Soda seems gross to me anymore.
I've always had a problem drinking water because almost all water tastes either metallic or chemically to me.
[quote]I've always had a problem drinking water because almost all water tastes either metallic or chemically to me.
then WTF does the chemically cola taste like?
I encourage you all to watch this documentary on the artificial sweetener Aspartame, federal regulatory agencies, and poisoning our bodies with this shit.
Love Diet Coke. The regular stuff leaves me with a dry mouth. The HFCS?
Anyone else notice that the caffeine free versions taste even better with a more crisp taste?
same here, R32 - the sugar in regular soda leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. I love diet coke and diet dr pepper.
Rum and coca. . . .
Is that you Maxine?
I drank that nasty shit all the time when I was a teenager and not smart enough to know better. I was also slightly overweight. What finished it for me was having to clean up stray bits of my college roommate's vomit after she puked the 2 liter of Diet Coke she'd drink while studying.
It's the carbonation I crave. I don't care for the sweetness, whether it's real or fake. Occasionally I'll drink a Mexican Coke, which is really good at disrupting a migraine. Generally I have mineral water with bitters. Cardamom bitters are my current favorite. I used to like Angostura but it has artificial colors in it, like Peychaud's.
No artificial sweeteners in my life, and I'm no longer pudgy. I'm not as thin as the aforementioned college roommate, but I don't have an eating disorder in my 40s, either.
The food hysteria that passes for conversation online is so bizarre. Sure, lots of anything is a bad idea, but where are all these deaths from Diet Coke and GMO foods? I thought we were all going to grow horns or third eyes from all the "toxins!". Hooey.
During Passover, Coke makes Coca-Cola and Sprite with sucrose instead of HFCS.
You can also get Dr. Pepper, Mtn. Dew in "throwback" versions made with sucrose.
Sucrose Coke has a bit more of a burn when you drink a couple of swallows out of a 6.5 oz bottle. There is Mexican Coke, but it's in 10oz bottles, which is too much to drink in one sitting.
I'm addicted to Coke Zero with added lemon juice. I could drink 2 liters a day but I don't. I found out Cola of any kind is bad for the kidneys and my kidneys are not in the best of shape to start with. Now I save it as an occasional treat.
BTW, it's just cola, diet or regular that's bad for the kidneys, not other flavors.
10 oz is too much? Are you Mayor Bloomberg?
Have you seen the machines they have now where you can make all sorts of flavors? Like Diet Raspberry Coke. I LOVE THEM.
Fanta Zero is awesome
I hate soda. Only mixed with alcohol is it acceptable.
Diet soda is awful, regular soda is worse.
WHY are people still drinking Diet Coke when Coke Zero tastes so much better?
"BTW, it's just cola, diet or regular that's bad for the kidneys, not other flavors"
So does this mean like Diet Sprite and Diet Ginger Ale aren't bad for your kidneys?
Diet Cherry Coke is where it's at.
When I was a fatty, I had a major non-diet soda addiction. I now drink a few cans of Diet Cherry Coke and it scratches my itch for sweet carbonated drinks.
[quote]Occasionally I'll drink a Mexican Coke, which is really good at disrupting a migraine.
Once in a while I'll get a sharp headache with some nausea and light sensitivity -- like a "mild" migraine -- and I'll crave a Coke (with sugar), like my cells are yelling for it.
That's about the only time I drink soda any more. Seltzer and iced tea are fine.
Coke Zero or Pepsi Max only.
[quote]It's the carbonation I crave. I don't care for the sweetness, whether it's real or fake.
Word. The fizziness must be one thing that makes these things so moreish. I know that's what I love about it.. it makes it seem more refreshing than ordinary non-carbonated drinks.
Also, I prefer ice cold drinks to hot.. again just feels more refreshing.
Those who have went off soda and tried it again after a while will know it tastes like acid. Sadly the carbonation and acid is one of the real detrimental things about it, eroding things with calcium it seems since it includes bones apparently as well as the obvious teeth. Tea and orange juice aren't perfect for that either, but hardly are bad for you like soda.
diet coke tastes nasty
Diet Coke is not addictive. Diet Pepsi is. And causes cancer.
Thank you Mrs Coca Cola ^
I too do not crave the caffeine. In fact, I drink Caffein-Free Coke Zero. However, I crave the carbonation. Drinks without carbonization are not potent enough.
When I was kicking my soda addiction, I tried drinking flavored carbonated water instead of regular soda. Sometimes I'd throw in a splash of fruit juice. It's pretty good if you weren't into soda for the caffeine and just like carbonated drinks, and has no calories.
[quote]So say you eat a piece of cake, and normally you would go 'ew that's too sweet' instead your brain just kinda says 'meh, whatever' and you keep on eating.
LOL. Great mental picture.
I have never tried Coke Zero but there are so many posts about it.
I'm going to buy some this week to try it.
Why would anyone drink Diet Coke if Coke Zero is available?
I'm addicted to that shit. Plus on occasion, it makes a great mixer with vodka.
That shit will destroy your teeth. I drank three a day for five years (I quit them 10 years ago). The enamel on my back teeth began to erode from the acid. I have spent a fortune (well, almost $10,000 out of pocket anyway) to save my back teeth. I will never touch another one of those nasty things.
Diet Coke is definitely "frau fuel" just like Olive Garden and Panera Bread is "frau chow."
I'm not addicted to Diet Coke. I am addicted to Coke Zero.
However, I have reduced my intake. When I was working, i could easily
down 6 cans a day just to keep going. When I retired in January 2013, I cut back to 2 cans a day. (I have also lost about 20 lbs in the last year. But I don't think it's due to less Coke. I'm eating better, and working out more.)
But I am at the point where I need to cut back even further, as I am concerned with the effect all soda has on tooth enamel.
It does make a meal more palatable. I often buy one and take a few sips with the food and then leave the rest there.
I could probably buy a car with the amount of money I have spent on unused soda.
Three or four Christmas seasons ago, Pepsi produced a special seasonal flavor - Pepsi Spice. I bought up extra so that it lasted into the Springtime. Every December, I wish they would bring it back. Other than that, I don't drink cola products.
It's not an addiction unless people are out there prostituting themselves for it. Then, it's an addiction.
I used to LOVE Diet Coke.
Back in the days of my office employment, I would write "PENIS" on the cans I stashed in the communal fridge, to prevent pilfering.
When I first became a "member" at COSTCO, I stocked up - with a 24-pack - for "just in case."
It passed it's freshness date before I had a chance to pop one.
OIY, VEH! There was NOTHING in the *taste* that would identify it as ANY sort of "Coke," diet or otherwise!
OMFG it was like a chemical swill.
No, it WAS a chemical swill.
Coke Zero is so much better
Even though soda consumption continues to fizzle, beverage bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is still showing some pockets of strength.
Consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell 3% in 2013, according to Beverage Digest. That marks the ninth straight drop. Coca-Cola Enterprises, one of the world's biggest bottlers of Coca-Cola products, has seen strength in Coke Zero and energy drinks.
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I've tried to come off of it so many times. I always go back. I think NutraSweet is addictive, or whatever they use. I can drink water with Mio in it and stuff, but I have a hard time drinking plain water. It has to be the good stuff, like a bottled spring water, and it has to be ICE cold for me to even try.
Aspartame kills. Thanks to Rumsfeld pushing the FDA to approve it, in a decade or so we'll likely have some serious health issues as a result of greed.
It has spoiled my long appreciation for plain water.
I love how preachy people get when it comes to others' beverage choices. As if we don't know there are other, healthier alternatives out there.
You're probably smoking a cigarette as you type your superior, preachy commentary.
Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) is clinically addictive.
I don't understand your indignation, r74. It's crap that I readily admit to drinking, about 2/3 litre a day. I wish I didn't.
Then you have to throw out all kinds of "probablies"
Are you trapped in some relationship that requires you to be perfect?
So is the clear flavored carbonated soda water equally bad as cola? I drink the Wal-Mart water or the supermarket brand. No calories, but it has some aspartame.
I love Zevia and LaCroix sparkling water. But I still find myself buying Coke Zero / Pepsi Max when they go on sale. I don't drink them as often as I used to, but I know what the craving is like.
You can make your pop own at home, without the chemicals.
This little machine is called a "sodastream" but I'm sure there must be several types on the market. I randomly got a good deal on one and bought it for $20 bucks to give to a soda addicted friend. I'm not sure if it helped the addiction or made it worst, lmao ooops.
Here it is on amazon, if you're curious.
It still uses the addictive sweeteners though, doesn't it?
Anything can be addictive if you like it!
I'd have an easier time giving up porn and masturbation than I would Diet Coke. Shit is addictive as hell.
Diet Coke doesn't taste like Coke. To understand that is to understand all. People who like it tend to say it has a cleaner, more refreshing taste than [regular] Coke.
[quote]You can make your pop own at home, without the chemicals.
Yeah, and you can churn your own fucking butter from your own cow's milk, too. That at least has some chance of tasting better than commercially available products. But brewing your own "pop" is a little like making artisanal Cheetos at home.
I'd marry you, R84, for that "artisanal Cheetos" crack alone.
I'm addicted. I have slight kidney disease and I'm not supposed to drink it at all and often I just can't help myself. I was able to stay away from it for about 4 years. Then I had one and I was back on the hook. I know there is something in it that is addicting. There are so many things I was able to give up and give up for good so it's not that I'm generally a weak person. That shit is addicting.
I love Diet Pepsi. Coke products don't appeal to me at all.
That's a myth. It was an internet hoax that got out of control.
Aspartame is harmless. It's been tested and approved by more than ninety countries worldwide.
Knock it off, Jenny McCarthy.
ALL diet drinks are bad for you. Really bad. And they actually make people GAIN weight but the unwashed masses don't understand that.
I never gained weight drinking diet soda, crackhead.
It has been many years since I had sweetened soda. I refuse to drink the diet versions. I opt for unsweetened tea or water with lemon.
Pepsi does not taste better than Coke, please bitch!
Diet Coke does not taste better than Coke.
When I was a kid, we all drank C with I (coke with ice). Absolutely delicious and so thirst quenching on a hot day.
I switched to Sodastream as I support the right of Israelis to exploit Palestinian factory workers, as well as ScarJo's need to make as much $$ as she can. Because she is going to be paying a lot of child support to her baby daddy (the unemployed French "journalist) a la crazy Halle and Gabriel:
"Halle Berry Child Support: Actress Ordered To Pay Gabriel Aubry $20,000 A Month"
That lucky bastard gets to tool around LA for the ext 12 years, and all he has to do is bring the kid to and from school and the occasional play dates and trips to the park (and he can bang all the hot moms he wants to).
[quote] ALL diet drinks are bad for you. Really bad. And they actually make people GAIN weight but the unwashed masses don't understand that.
It's not any worse than high fructose corn syrup which can give you diabetes
Does a person have to pay taxes on child support? When I was doing my taxes I saw a section for alimony. I guess the people who pay alimony can write off some of it
I love Mountain Dew!
I can't abide Diet Coke but I am in love with Coke Zero.
"Please explain" - you're a precious flower, OP, too delicate for this world.
At one point, golfer Jonh Daly claimed he was drinking 28 to 36 diet cokes a day. I find that almost impossible to believe!
Thank you Donald Rumsfeld, r88.
Dangers of Aspartame Poisoning
The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well guarded secret since the 1980s. The research and history of aspartame is conclusive as a cause of illness and toxic reactions in the human body. Aspartame is a dangerous chemical food additive, and its use during pregnancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies of all.
Why haven't you heard about aspartame poisoning before? Partly because the diet industry is worth trillions of American dollars to corporations, and they want to protect their profits by keeping the truth behind aspartame's dangers hidden from the public. When NutraSweet® was introduced for the 'second' time in 1981, a diet craze revolutionized America's eating protocols and a well-oiled money machine was set into motion changing modern lifestyles.
After more than twenty years of aspartame use, the number of its victims is rapidly piling up, and people are figuring out for themselves that aspartame is at the root of their health problems. Patients are teaching their doctors about this nutritional peril, and they are healing themselves with little to no support from traditional medicine.