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Old 08-17-05, 04:04 AM
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Yeah, order a 1700 calorie meal and cut back 100 calories by getting a diet Coke... heh, heh... Would've been better to order just 1/2 as much stuff and get the regular Coke...

BTW, I ran into Spurlock at a local club a couple weeks ago. He's doing a new show on binge-drinking... hope to be one of his "stars"...
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Old 08-17-05, 05:49 AM
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Here's Dr Mercola's take on diet soda, http://www.mercola.com/2003/jul/9/soda_dangers.htm

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Old 08-17-05, 05:56 AM
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I was wondering how long it would take for that to show up

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Old 08-17-05, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Trevor98
One the other hand, the carbonation in any soda has some short term adverse affects. Part of the CO2 ingested will enter into the bloodstream and attach itself to hemoglobin which can then no longer transport Oxygen throughout the body. This decreases efficiency for a short time. Not really important to training but might make the difference in competition.
CO2 doesn't do this - CO does. CO2 is harmful because it displaces the oxygen around it, so it would be dangerous only when breathing air with a higher than normal CO2 level.
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Old 08-17-05, 06:24 AM
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I don't care much about the CO2. Whenever I drink a diet pop, I get a major headache. I come to find out it is the aspertame that is the real enemy. As far as I am concerned, it can cause MS, and other neurological symptoms/problems.

It may all be a bunch of hooey, but all I know is if I stay away from it, I am a much happier, and healthier guy.
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Old 08-17-05, 06:26 AM
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diet cokes demystified
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Old 08-17-05, 06:41 AM
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From that webpage:
Coca Cola Light The European version of Diet Coke - slight variations from country to country based on food regulations, water quality and fidelity to syrup to water ratio account for taste variations, but this is largely Diet Coke with a different name to conform to local food labelling laws.

They must do this in Japan, too. My teeth always feel sticky after drinking the stuff here.

I'm pretty convinced that as long as it's taken in moderation, the worst effect of diet cola is discoloration of your teeth.
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Old 08-17-05, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Marklar
I'm now just gettling into cycling and I drink a LOT of diet pepsi. I know its worse than water, but I don't know why. Has no calories, carbs, fat, nothing .What kind of negative effects does diet cola have? I have been a heavy drinking on diet pepsi all my life and I'm thinking of quiting it now. But if I do limit myself to say 5 -6 cans a week is that still going to effect my riding?
How bad is diet Coke!!! I used to drink 20 cans aday! Now I drink 2 a week.I drank so much I was sponsored locally by diet coke for Ironman New Zealand 1995! I suffered a kidney stone in 1999 due to my soda addiction during a race! OUCH, also Cola and pepsi leach out the calcium in your bones... as cyclists we need strong bones.I just broke my collar bone and immediately went cold turkey on soda drinking water , milk etc..Also since giving up diet sodas, I have lost weight as sodas tend to make you bloated, so look more trimmed! I still am a caffine junkie love the stuff, get it through coffee and hammer expresso gel! Next time you want to clean you toilet save money and put a coca cola down there and it will clean the deposits in the toilet! Imagine what it is doing to your insides!
I do not care what the scientists say or researchers, I speak only from experiance that Diet cola and pepsi are addictive and can be harmful to an athlete, they will give you his and lows and irritability .. in one sentance Sodas are bad for you!! Hope this helps
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Old 08-17-05, 07:42 PM
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How come you still drink two per week after all it's put you through?
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Old 08-17-05, 11:33 PM
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Why drink it ? Because it's the only sweet thing you can have on a diet.

The only problem is it rots your teeth - because of the phosphoric acid in it.
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Old 08-18-05, 01:58 AM
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Well, how long has diet cola been out? 25 years? I think it's definitely pretty safe then.

-Jason Keller
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Old 08-18-05, 09:25 AM
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An experiment I, and others have done in Science classes. If you take a tooth or nail, place in a cup with soda overnight - voila! It dissolves. Reason enough to quit!!!
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Old 08-18-05, 11:15 AM
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I am a diet coke addict too. I have no idea how to quit... I need it every few hours. It must be the caffeine, but I hate coffee and can't have it black.
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Old 08-18-05, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by killahkosha
Well, how long has diet cola been out? 25 years? I think it's definitely pretty safe then.

-Jason Keller

I wonder if similar statements were made about DDT and asbestos.
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Old 08-18-05, 11:40 AM
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not to mention ether, bloodletting, and mercury!
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Old 08-19-05, 11:30 PM
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The diet coke / weight gain thing relates to how artificial sweeteners 'reset' your body's knowledge of how sweetness affects blood sugar. Your body craves sweet things because it wants to raise blood sugar, and it knows that a certain amount of 'sweet' correlates to a certain increase in blood sugar. You stop craving once you've had the amount of 'sweet' required to bring your blood sugar to the right level.

Artificial sweeteners give you sweet, but with no blood sugar increase. Your body adapts to this, and recalibrates its understanding of how sweet and blood sugar correlate. You may crave sweet food more, because your body doesn't believe that it has the same effect on blood sugar that it actually does. Hence, for some, diet sodas increase cravings for sugar, and can make losing weight harder, which is supported by studies.

In general, I avoid weird random chemicals that don't have any purpose in my body. They may or may not be safe, but I KNOW clean water is safe, so I go ahead and drink that.

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Old 08-20-05, 05:48 AM
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Nutritional stuff aside, diet cola is not good because it conditions your taste buds to expect the taste of sweetness all the time.

[edit]-- oops, which is basically what phidauex just said!
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