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Diet Coke Addiction

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.

by Anonymousreply 18505/19/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 108/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 208/18/2013

Only fat fraus drink Diet Coke (which tastes like aluminium to me). Coke Zero is the male equivalent.

by Anonymousreply 308/18/2013

I used to love Tab. What a unique taste! God knows what was in it!

by Anonymousreply 408/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 508/18/2013

Can someone pick me up a Diet-Rite? I need it to wash down my Metrecal.

by Anonymousreply 608/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 708/18/2013

How could anybody hate Coke Zero, it tastes just like real coke. I'm addicted to it. I drink a 6 pack a day.

by Anonymousreply 808/18/2013

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by Anonymousreply 908/18/2013

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by Anonymousreply 1008/18/2013

Pepsi One tastes most like "real" cola--it's sweetened with Splenda.

by Anonymousreply 1108/18/2013

Wrong r11. And r10 no one needs you being all judgy.

by Anonymousreply 1208/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1308/18/2013

The main thing I miss when traveling outside of the U.S. is that Diet Coke tastes different.

by Anonymousreply 1408/18/2013

It's not just the caffeine. It's the sweetness too. Your brain gets psychologically addicted to that.

by Anonymousreply 1508/18/2013

Once you have had Coke Zero, Diet Coke tasty as vile as Tab. It is nasty.

by Anonymousreply 1608/18/2013

Pepsi One is the best tasting no calorie soda. Pepsi Max is the runner up, then Coke Zero. Diet Coke is just nasty.

by Anonymousreply 1708/18/2013

[quote] a bottle of root beer from our local craft brewer.

How precious!

by Anonymousreply 1808/18/2013

How come you never see a thin person drinking Diet Coke?

by Anonymousreply 1908/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2008/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2108/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2208/18/2013

R12. No, I'm not--it has less dirty aftertaste.

by Anonymousreply 2308/18/2013

Should be diety not dirty. damn autocorrect.

by Anonymousreply 2408/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2508/18/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 2608/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2708/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2808/18/2013

I've always had a problem drinking water because almost all water tastes either metallic or chemically to me.

by Anonymousreply 2908/18/2013

[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?

by Anonymousreply 3008/19/2013

I encourage you all to watch this documentary on the artificial sweetener Aspartame, federal regulatory agencies, and poisoning our bodies with this shit.

by Anonymousreply 3108/19/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 3208/19/2013

same here, R32 - the sugar in regular soda leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. I love diet coke and diet dr pepper.

by Anonymousreply 3308/19/2013

Rum and coca. . . .

by Anonymousreply 3408/19/2013

Is that you Maxine?

by Anonymousreply 3508/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3608/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3708/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3808/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3908/19/2013

10 oz is too much? Are you Mayor Bloomberg?

by Anonymousreply 4008/19/2013

Have you seen the machines they have now where you can make all sorts of flavors? Like Diet Raspberry Coke. I LOVE THEM.

by Anonymousreply 4108/19/2013

Fanta Zero is awesome

by Anonymousreply 4208/21/2013

I hate soda. Only mixed with alcohol is it acceptable.

by Anonymousreply 4308/21/2013

Diet soda is awful, regular soda is worse.

by Anonymousreply 4408/21/2013

WHY are people still drinking Diet Coke when Coke Zero tastes so much better?

by Anonymousreply 4509/08/2013

"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?

by Anonymousreply 4609/08/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4709/08/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4809/08/2013

Coke Zero or Pepsi Max only.

by Anonymousreply 4909/09/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5009/09/2013

diet coke tastes nasty

by Anonymousreply 5109/09/2013

Diet Coke is not addictive. Diet Pepsi is. And causes cancer.

by Anonymousreply 5209/09/2013

Thank you Mrs Coca Cola ^

by Anonymousreply 5309/09/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5409/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5509/14/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5609/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5709/14/2013

well, r57?

by Anonymousreply 5809/27/2013

Why would anyone drink Diet Coke if Coke Zero is available?

by Anonymousreply 5910/12/2013


I'm addicted to that shit. Plus on occasion, it makes a great mixer with vodka.

by Anonymousreply 6010/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6110/12/2013

Diet Coke is definitely "frau fuel" just like Olive Garden and Panera Bread is "frau chow."

by Anonymousreply 6210/12/2013


by Anonymousreply 6301/31/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 6401/31/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 6501/31/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 6601/31/2014

It's not an addiction unless people are out there prostituting themselves for it. Then, it's an addiction.

by Anonymousreply 6701/31/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 6801/31/2014

Coke Zero is so much better

by Anonymousreply 6904/11/2014

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.

Sales of Coke Zero, which has no carbohydrates and no calories, grew by double digits in three of the past four quarters. The drink is targeted at young adult males leery of girlie diet sodas.

Energy drinks have also been a strong performer for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Last year, its line of energy drinks grew more than 10%. The company's energy portfolio includes the Monster Beverage (MNST) Monster and Cola-Cola (KO) Relentless drinks.

Coca-Cola Enterprises will report first-quarter results April 24 before the market's open. The company is expected to deliver earnings of 44 cents a share, up 13% from a year ago. That would mark the third straight period of double-digit growth. Bottom-line growth accelerated in the past two quarters.

The firm's sales are expected at $1.93 billion, up 4% from a year ago. Revenue rose 5% and 6% in the latest two quarters.

In February, Coca-Cola Enterprises raised its quarterly dividend by 25% to 25 cents a share. That marked its seventh straight annual dividend hike. Its dividend has more than doubled in the past three years.

On an annual basis, Coca-Cola Enterprises pays $1 a share, which works out to a yield of about 2.2%. Although that is one of the lowest yields among the 10 dividend payers in the Beverages-Non Alcoholic group, Coca-Cola Enterprises has the best Composite Rating among its peers.

Besides dividends, the company has returned cash to shareholders through stock buybacks. It plans to repurchase about $800 million of its own shares this year.

by Anonymousreply 7004/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 7104/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 7204/11/2014

It has spoiled my long appreciation for plain water.

by Anonymousreply 7304/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 7404/11/2014

Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) is clinically addictive.

by Anonymousreply 7504/11/2014

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?

by Anonymousreply 7604/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 7704/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 7804/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 7904/11/2014

It still uses the addictive sweeteners though, doesn't it?

by Anonymousreply 8004/11/2014

Anything can be addictive if you like it!

by Anonymousreply 8104/11/2014

I'd have an easier time giving up porn and masturbation than I would Diet Coke. Shit is addictive as hell.

by Anonymousreply 8204/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 8304/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 8404/11/2014

I love Diet Pepsi. Coke products don't appeal to me at all.

by Anonymousreply 8504/11/2014

[quote]Aspartame kills.

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.

by Anonymousreply 8604/11/2014

I love Tab. I drink at least 2 cans every day

by Anonymousreply 8704/11/2014

ALL diet drinks are bad for you. Really bad. And they actually make people GAIN weight but the unwashed masses don't understand that.

by Anonymousreply 8804/11/2014

I never gained weight drinking diet soda, crackhead.

by Anonymousreply 8904/11/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 9004/11/2014

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).

by Anonymousreply 9104/11/2014

[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

by Anonymousreply 9204/11/2014

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

by Anonymousreply 9304/11/2014

I love Mountain Dew!

by Anonymousreply 9404/11/2014

I can't abide Diet Coke but I am in love with Coke Zero.

by Anonymousreply 9504/11/2014

"Please explain" - you're a precious flower, OP, too delicate for this world.

by Anonymousreply 9604/11/2014

At one point, golfer Jonh Daly claimed he was drinking 28 to 36 diet cokes a day. I find that almost impossible to believe!

by Anonymousreply 9704/12/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 9804/12/2014

Why drink DC when their is Coke Zero now?

by Anonymousreply 9906/19/2014

Moose and squirrel prefer diet Pepsi, r102

by Anonymousreply 10006/19/2014

Diet Coke is the only addiction I consider unbreakable and I overcame addiction to prescription painkillers and Klonipin. There is something in it that they are not telling us about-maybe a bit of cocaine?

I do try to substitute Diet Rite though, it does NOT contain NutraSweet, only Splenda.

You all really should give it a try-maybe we'll put pressure on Coca-Cola to manufacture Diet Coke with Splenda.

by Anonymousreply 10106/20/2014

NutraSweet (Aspartame) is pure poison. The people/corporations who manufacture it/push it are as evil as Monsanto or Tobacco companies.

by Anonymousreply 10206/20/2014

They add fluoride too. DC is a neurotoxin, and if you drink it, you're selling yourself out. I miss cold coke, but cutting out white sugar and DC really changed me. It was a passive act, cutting it out, but it was as if I brightened up overall appearance-wise somehow by turning the page on it.

by Anonymousreply 10306/20/2014

NutraSweet dose not cause cancer, its been proven safe and if you don't believe me, check out with the American Cancer Society says.

Diet Coke dose not make you fat. The ONE study was not controlled and makes projections that are not proven.

I can attest to the fact that after drinking diet coke every day for about the last 30 years, I am totally healthy, below ravage weight for my age croup, no cancer or other physical problems.

And almost everyone of my friend my ages seems to have weight issues which I do not. Ironically its the heavy ones that are the first to pop up with the "diet coke makes you fat" theory.

Bitch Please.

by Anonymousreply 10406/20/2014

[all posts by childish idiot removed]

by Anonymousreply 10506/20/2014

Pepsi One is bad stuff. It has high fructose corn syrup. If you have arthritis (or are thinking of getting it!) ask your doctor about this super cheap sweetener that seems to be in everything.

AT least the diet drinks don't have fructose, but I know they are not good stuff.

by Anonymousreply 10606/20/2014

How can Pepsi One have fructose in it and have one calorie?

by Anonymousreply 10706/21/2014

Yeah, those studies are questionable at best. People who drink Diet Coke are likely to start off overweight. People often drink Diet soda because they realize they are overweight, and they don't want to change their lifestyle to combat their weight. Instead, they make modest changes like drinking diet soda that don't really involve sacrifice.

by Anonymousreply 10806/21/2014

All soda, especially diet ones, taste like chemicals to me, and the aftertaste makes me want to eat something sweet. I make peach or raspberry iced tea with filtered water and a little honey. I've also had top quality water with blueberries or raspberries added. Delicious.

by Anonymousreply 10906/22/2014

My husband loves Paul Newman's Own Lemonade. He gets up and drinks it in the middle of the night. I worry about his teeth and health. We tried doing lightly flavored water but he gave up on it.

by Anonymousreply 11006/22/2014

I began drinking it as part of an effort to lose weight for a specific reason many years ago. Now I don't care about the diet aspect but once you drink it for a while, the taste of regular soda is too syrupy sweet. I've been a Diet Coke lover ever since that time. I think a lot of people drink diet soda because of the flavor, not necessarily because it's "diet".

by Anonymousreply 11106/22/2014

My last lover drank diet Dr. Pepper like water. Last I heard he was pushing 290 lbs.

by Anonymousreply 11206/22/2014

R119, did you read some of the post on YouTube on that commercial. FDA approved worker now works for the company.

by Anonymousreply 11306/22/2014

I'm going cold turkey today. So I apologize in advance for my behavior the next two weeks.

by Anonymousreply 11406/22/2014

I gave up sugar and diet Coke 36 days ago after seeing the documentary "Fed Up"

by Anonymousreply 11506/23/2014

Splenda acts as a mild laxative in candies, wonder if it has same effect in pops.

by Anonymousreply 11606/23/2014

I avoid Diet Coke, for some reason if I drink an entire glass of it I feel slightly fuzzy and off. It's a weird feeling, something similar to the feeling of the first few days of coming off an antidepressant. I avoid it. Strangely, diet Canada Dry ginger ale does not have the same effect on me.

by Anonymousreply 11706/23/2014

[quote]Do they really put crack in it keep people addicted?

What's wrong with you?

by Anonymousreply 11806/23/2014

What about a diet and coke addiction?

by Anonymousreply 11906/23/2014

not many men drink Diet Coke. However, dudes will drink Coke Zero.

by Anonymousreply 12007/25/2014

I'm totally addicted. I was able to give it up for many years. Then all it took was one and I'm hooked again.

by Anonymousreply 12107/25/2014

Why not Coke Zero instead? It tastes so much better.

by Anonymousreply 12207/25/2014

Newsflash, R122: Not everyone likes the same tastes as everyone else.

by Anonymousreply 12307/25/2014

R84 = Phife Dawg

by Anonymousreply 12407/25/2014

I think some people are also addicted to the flavour of coca cola. That's what I often hear from addicts.

by Anonymousreply 12507/25/2014

I can't drink Diet Coke anymore after drinking Coke Zero. Coke Zero is so superior in taste.

by Anonymousreply 12607/27/2014

Personally I would not drink any of that shit. Drink regular pop is like eating a tablespoon of white sugar. The diet stuff is even worse:

NutraSweet Company In 1985, Monsanto Company bought G.D. Searle, and the aspartame business became a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet Company.

They also make GMO grain seed and Roundup weed killer.

by Anonymousreply 12707/27/2014

Adults drink water, wine and the occasional beer.

by Anonymousreply 12807/27/2014

I'm addicted to Pepsie Max. They only seem to sell it in the UK. I get withdrawal symptoms when I go abroad. I've never seen it in the US despite always looking for it.

by Anonymousreply 12907/27/2014

Coke Zero is far superior to diet coke.

by Anonymousreply 13007/27/2014

Zevia is less bad for you than anything else mentioned in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 13107/27/2014

Thanks, R127, we're fully aware of current events. Are cigarettes bad for us too?

by Anonymousreply 13207/27/2014

[quote]Thanks, [R127], we're fully aware of current events. Are cigarettes bad for us too?

I learned the hard way.

by Anonymousreply 13307/27/2014

No Coke, Pepsi.

by Anonymousreply 13407/27/2014

No R132, cigarettes are actually very healthy and good for you just like the surgeon general and numerous advertisers told the public 50 years ago. Glad to hear you're up on your current events though, being such a cunt faced fat faggot must normally take up so much of you lonely existence.

by Anonymousreply 13507/28/2014

Gay men are addicted to Diet Coke? News to me OP and I am in the health and nutrition world professionally.

by Anonymousreply 13607/28/2014

Aspartame is the silent disease....

by Anonymousreply 13707/28/2014

Men drink regular soda or Coke Xero. Diet Coke is for chicks.

by Anonymousreply 13807/28/2014

Coke Zero

by Anonymousreply 13907/28/2014

Actually the active ingredient is jism.

by Anonymousreply 14007/28/2014

I haven't known any gay men with this addiction, but I've known some women and a a couple of straight men with it. One of them was in my grad school class; he'd drink a liter of regular Coke a day and complain about being thirsty. Upon being informed that consuming a lot of sugar can make one thirsty, he switched to DC and solved his problem. I think he even drank more since it's calorie free.

by Anonymousreply 14107/28/2014

oca-Cola Co. reported sales that fell short of Wall Street estimates on Tuesday as demand weakened for Diet Coke in North America.

Globally, the world's biggest beverage maker, said sales volume rose 3 percent in the second quarter — including a 2 percent increase in sodas — boosted by gains in places including China, India and the Middle East.

In its flagship North American market, however, sales volume was flat despite a significant increase in marketing around the World Cup. Sodas including Coke, Fanta and Sprite saw gains, but executives said Diet Coke declined in the neighborhood of the "mid-single digits." Diet Coke is the country's No. 2 soda, behind Coke and ahead of Pepsi.

Executives at Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have blamed a recent decline in diet sodas on concerns people have about artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, as well as the broader movement toward food and drinks that are seen as being natural. As such, the beverage industry has been working behind the scenes to assure dietitians and others about the safety of such sweeteners.

"We do recognize we have more work to do here," CEO Muhtar Kent said on a call with analysts.

Coca-Cola also plans to eventually introduce a version of its namesake drink that's naturally sweetened with stevia in the U.S. The drink, Coca-Cola Life, has already hit shelves in other markets, including Argentina.

More broadly, Coca-Cola has been struggling to boost sales volume in developed markets where soda has been losing favor. To boost results, the company is cutting costs and introducing more profitable packages, like the mini-cans and smaller bottles. It's also putting greater focus on other drinks including premium bottled waters like Smartwater. But sodas still account for about three-quarters of Coca-Cola's total sales volume.

For the quarter, the Atlanta-based company said profit fell to $2.6 billion, or 58 cents per share, from $2.68 billion, or 59 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

Excluding one-time items, it earned 64 cents per share, which was a penny more than analysts expected.

Revenue dropped 1.4 percent to $12.57 billion. Analysts expected $12.85 billion, according to Zacks.

Coca-Cola's stock was down 55 cents, or 1.3 percent, at $41.85.

by Anonymousreply 14208/04/2014

[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by Anonymousreply 14308/04/2014

r143, and everybody who is not female.

by Anonymousreply 14408/05/2014

They drink it because diet coke is a ladies thing and they want to be ladies.

by Anonymousreply 14508/05/2014


by Anonymousreply 14609/13/2014

Aspartame = poison

Avoid, avoid, avoid.

You know if Donald Rumsfeld pushed the FDA to approve quickly for Monsanto to control it, it's bad. Anything that man touches is evil.

by Anonymousreply 14709/13/2014

I dated a guy who drank 2 liters of Diet a Coke every day. Is it more addictive than other Cokes? Yeah he was fat.

by Anonymousreply 14809/13/2014

I just ate a crème curl and washed it down with Mountain Dew. This morning I ate my boyfriend's ass.

by Anonymousreply 14909/14/2014

R129, Pepsi Max is widely available in the US. I'm confident I could find it at five different grocery stores nearest my house. It's harder to find at convenience stores or check out line coolers, though.

No matter to me, I was able to give it up using carbonated water as a fizzy replacement. I'm glad I did.

I'll buy a single 'cold' bottle of pop once in awhile from a gas station or store cooler, but I'm almost embarrassed to buy it or drink it in public anymore.

by Anonymousreply 15009/14/2014

Michael J Fox used to drink gallons of it every day and this may have something to do with his early on-set Parkinson's

by Anonymousreply 15109/14/2014

No sodas for me. A Mexican coke three times a year. A drink herbal , and green teas. No booze.

by Anonymousreply 15209/14/2014

I drink a 6-pack of Diet Coke a day, lol!

by Anonymousreply 15309/15/2014

Pepsi and Mountain Dew, once in awhile Orange Sunkist.

by Anonymousreply 15409/15/2014

Orange Sunkiss, lol!

by Anonymousreply 15509/16/2014

Men who drink diet soda are disordered in some way.

by Anonymousreply 15609/16/2014

And women who drink it are gross, R156

by Anonymousreply 15709/16/2014

The flailing soft drink industry hopes it has found a middle ground to bring back customers: mid-calorie soft drinks.

PepsiCo on Wednesday announced on its website plans to roll out Pepsi True in mid-October on the e-commerce site The beverage is made with sugar and stevia (a sweetener made from stevia leaf extract) and contains about 30% fewer calories than regular Pepsi. Just as important – particularly to influential Millennials – it contains no high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial sweeteners.

The 7.5-ounce cans will initially be sold in packs of 24 on Amazon but eventually will be sold in grocery stores.

"This is the latest part of a massive, transformational journey that we've been on," says Simon Lowden, chief marketing officer at PepsiCo North America, in a phone interview. Roughly 50% of the company's beverage portfolio is now zero or low-calorie, he says. That compares to less than 25% fifteen years ago.

The move comes even as Coca-Cola has recently begun testing its mid-calorie cola, Coca-Cola Life, in some stores in the Southern United States before a planned national rollout next month. Carbonated soft drink sales have been declining for almost a decade, and more recently diet soft drink sales have begun to decline at an even faster rate than regular, sugared soft drinks. Suddenly, a new battlefront is taking shape in the mid-calorie arena.

"The cola wars are alive and well," says John Sicher, publisher of Beverage Digest. "Now, both Coke and Pepsi have similar products with Coke Life and Pepsi True. Who will win? The consumer."

Coca-Cola, last month, in another e-commerce link with Amazon, brought back the highly caffeinated citrus soda, Surge, also initially sold only online via Amazon. In both cases, the brands will eventually be sold at grocery stores, executives say.

The Amazon rollout, Sicher says, "lets PepsiCo use a high-profile channel to gauge initial response. It also allows the product to get some scale and awareness before it goes into the bottler system."

But the new soda war's most interesting battle front isn't in e-commerce, but the mid-calorie sector that has recently exploded with activity.

It's all about lower calories without the chemicals. A 7.5-ounce can of Pepsi True, for example, contains 60 calories. That compares with 100 calories for the identical-size can of regular Pepsi. Similarly, the 8-ounce glass bottle of Coca-Cola Life, now sold in Fresh Market locations in a handful of Southern states, is 60 calories.

"We ultimately want to be leaders in this emerging segment," said Andy McMillin, vice president of Coca-Cola brands, in a statement.

Lowden says the target for Pepsi True is adults in their late 20s or early 30s.

Young women -- particularly young mothers -- are increasingly rejecting diet soft drinks because they don't like the chemicals in them. As a result, mid-calorie brands such as Coke Life and Pepsi True "have a real audience with Millennial women" concerned about both calories and chemicals, says Leann Leahy, president of The Via Agency.

by Anonymousreply 15810/01/2014

R151, many, MANY people drink ridiculous amounts of it and don't have Parkinsons.

by Anonymousreply 15910/01/2014

I am trying to give up Coke Zero. Very hard to do.

by Anonymousreply 16010/20/2014


by Anonymousreply 16110/26/2014

diet soda sales are plummeting.

by Anonymousreply 16210/27/2014

Stop drying that stuff, dude

by Anonymousreply 16301/24/2015

My dentist asked me if I drink soda and I said "yes Diet Coke". He said well you better stop because it's dissolving the enamel on your teeth. He said the phosphates also leach minerals from your bones.

I mentioned this to my doctor and he said that he believed the artificial sweeteners created a brain fog or cognative decline. So I quit the soda and sugarless gum and I no longer experience the brain fog.

by Anonymousreply 16401/24/2015

Diet Pepsi will be made with Splenda instead of Nutrasweet later this year.

by Anonymousreply 16505/05/2015

I just don't see how people would choose to drink Diet Coke when Coke Zero is an option.

by Anonymousreply 16605/18/2015

Still addicted to Squirt!

by Anonymousreply 16705/18/2015

Give me a Fresca any day!

by Anonymousreply 16805/18/2015

[quote]I just don't see how people would choose to drink Diet Coke when Coke Zero is an option.

Maybe because the office doesn't provide Coke Zero. You drink what's there.

by Anonymousreply 16905/18/2015

The anti-diet soda/GMO/Monsanto hysteria is pure madness!

Aspartame is one of the MOST studied compounds since WATER, and there exists simply NO EVIDENCE that it has caused even a single injury! Give it a fucking REST you pseudo-science Mommybloggers!

by Anonymousreply 17005/18/2015

I'm not promoting or recommending this, but I and many of my friends have gone back to real Coke made with sugar now that it's readily available(in stores.) I just don't drink as much as would if it were calorie free. I enjoy one real coke everyday as if it were a dessert treat. Ice fuckin' cold.

by Anonymousreply 17105/18/2015

My doctor swears that diet sodas & regular sodas both play a huge part in the tremendous upswing in cases of diabetes in the past two decades. He scared me off of them. I haven't touched one since 2002.

by Anonymousreply 17205/18/2015

I don't understand people who drink *any* sort of soda...I haven't had one in years and years. Water, coffee, tea, that's it. Why a person would intentionally pour chemicals and acid down their throat is entirely beyond me.

Silly fools.

by Anonymousreply 17305/18/2015

R170 The tobacco industry said the same thing about cigarettes years ago. Look how that has turned out.

by Anonymousreply 17405/18/2015

Smell you, R173.

by Anonymousreply 17505/18/2015

Guess what has even more "acid", r173?

Orange juice!

by Anonymousreply 17605/18/2015

R170 actually the science is there to support the fact that aspartame is poison.

R170/176 is either really dumb or working for the poison industry.

Like R173 I haven't had a soda in years. Why does everyone has to have sweet shit? Coffee with a splash of half and half, unsweetened tea with lemon do the trick for me. I don't understand Americans addiction to sweet stuff.

by Anonymousreply 17705/19/2015

Fat cock addiction has got a much tighter grip on you. "Tight" being the operative word here.

by Anonymousreply 17805/19/2015

OJ has acid and so do tomatoes as do many other natural foods. However, most people don't suck down OJ all day long.

by Anonymousreply 17905/19/2015

Correct, R179.

Also, the effect of soda is that it ultimately causes your thyroid to work overtime to keep pH balance, and depletes your metabolic enzymes in the process. Hence, weight gain.

by Anonymousreply 18005/19/2015

The only reason I used to drink a lot of diet coke was because I was drinking a lot of alcohol in general, and rum & coke's were my drink of choice. That said, a few years ago I started having seizures pretty regularly - one of them so bad it landed me in the hospital for three days. While it certainly could have been the heavy drinking contributing to my seizures, aspartame is known to cause them too - and although it was a while longer before I cut back on the booze, I did stop drinking diet soda immediately. It's been three years now and I haven't had a single seizure since I cut out the aspartame.

by Anonymousreply 18105/19/2015
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