FIRST TOPIC ON RJ (Do you Remember Yours?) How Bad Are Soft Drinks For Your Well Being?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 03, 2007 2:53 AM GMT
    Return to the Beginning: Do you remember your first topic on RJ?
    I remember the first time I read the forums and decided to put one up myself.. and the topic is my one really bad habit.. drinking soft drinks (which has been reduced significantly). Do you remember yours
    Update 2/21/09


    When one is into health & fitness, nutrition is key.
    I don't smoke, drink (once in a blue moon), drugs or really anything....except soft drinks. While it hasn't had much of an impact on my weight, I do worry about all that sugar and the effect Pepsi..or Mt. Dew has. I really need to get rid of it. What do you all think? I do drink alot of water as well.

  • Salubrious

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    Oct 03, 2007 3:00 AM GMT
    Definitely get rid of it, but just like cigs or booze, don't go cold turkey. Ease off of it. I have found that iced tea fills the same roll (though watch the canned stuff, it's incredibly bad for your teeth). That being said, I still indulge myself with a Dr Pepper every so often.
  • OutOfEden

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    Oct 03, 2007 3:46 AM GMT
    The carbonic acid weakens your bones because it requires calcium mineral to help process and neutralize and your stomach becomes accustomed to storing the complex sugars making you fat. If you don't mind being fat with weak bones, or are going to specifically alter your diet to counteract the effects of soda, then go right ahead.
  • Starboard

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    Oct 03, 2007 5:08 AM GMT
    I was a big fan of Coke/Pepsi all through college...and when it comes to certain dishes I still continue to indulge (there's something about a cold Pepsi and a plate of my grandmother's tamales...AND NO ONE BETTER SAY THAT MY GRANDMA'S TAMALES WILL MAKE ME FAT WITH WEAK BONES).

    But these days, I consider a Coke like a dessert and really only allow myself to splurge on special occasions.

    I always drink coffee with my breakfast, and water throughout the day and with lunch....but at dinner I like to have something with a little flavor so I mix a quarter of a glass of pomegranate juice with 3/4 sparkling mineral water. It's just enough bubbles, color and taste to satisfy my longings for a flavored soda -- plus you get the antioxidants from the juice....
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    Oct 03, 2007 6:02 AM GMT
    It's also bad for your teeth.
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    Oct 03, 2007 6:46 AM GMT
    Soft drinks also spike your insulin levels sharply and can eventually desensitize the insulin receptors in your body. On a regular basis, its really not good for you.

    Diet soft drinks aren't all that great either, if you believe the studies on them that have been floating around for the last several years. Some claim that diet soft drinks actually can cause you to gain weight... then there's all the negative stuff about aspartame (NutraSweet)... and the very few that still use saccharine are a no-no because saccharine is said to be carcinogenic...

    I kicked my habit of 3+ 20-ounce bottles of Pepsi per day years ago, switching off to water, herb teas and various natural juices, like V8 and apple juice. I still have my coffee in the morning, but after my second cup, I'll usually switch to one of those... mostly water.

    Starboard: Thanks... I want tamales now... icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 03, 2007 7:41 AM GMT
    I LOVE Coke!!! It's all about moderation. Don't deprive yourself if it is not all that bad. I never buy soft drinks for my home, but I tend to order a glass or two when I go out to eat.

    Even water can be bad.
  • zakariahzol

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    Oct 03, 2007 10:05 AM GMT
    I post this thing in a few forum already. I have this hard habit to kick , my addiction of diet coke/pepsi. For me it a way to kill my sweet craving. I know those diet drink are not good for me, but it either that or chocolate pudding filled dunkin donut for me. The nutra sweet killed the sweet craving and it less that 1 calories.
    I can never give up this addiction, probably I try to reduce my consumption , instead.
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    Oct 03, 2007 1:47 PM GMT
    "The carbonic acid weakens your bones because it requires calcium mineral to help process and neutralize"

    The carbonic acid is neutralized by the CO2 coming out of solution and venting off as a burp. It's the phosphoric acid in soft drinks that messes with calcium.
  • iHavok

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    Oct 03, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    I've never been a big coffee fan. I used to wake up with a nice cold can of Mt Dew (only the can, the bottled stuff tasted bizarre).
    In my efforts to be healthier I've cut that out except as a rare treat, and replaced it with a cup of tea. Teavana has saved me!
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 03, 2007 2:48 PM GMT
    ne nimium

    my family motto, "Not too much"

    or, "All things in moderation, even moderation."

    No, soft drinks aren't good for you. Just like ice cream and candy and chips and pizza and beer. But you can live a life of deprivation or you can use some common sense.

    One soda will not kill you. Many sodas are not good for you, not matter how "diet" they are.

    Seems simple enough to me.
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    Oct 03, 2007 2:55 PM GMT
    Sugar calls insulin.

    Insulin makes you fat, unless it's in a strictly controlled environment.

    Are you dumb?

    There's no nutrition there.

    Surely, you're smarter than that.

    Why ask the question when you know the answer? It borders on the absurd.

    It's like a pictureless asking why they never get laid.
  • OutOfEden

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    Oct 03, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    Thanks for the correction Paradox! I think the response has been pretty uniform Chris!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 03, 2007 3:51 PM GMT
    Thanks OutofEden and others, probably good to consciously think about some of these comments when grabbing a can of pop. I don't think asking questions and getting input (on any topic) is "absurd" as per comments by Chucky... if so, most counselors would be out of a job.
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    Oct 03, 2007 4:11 PM GMT
    A recent study in Canada has discovered that DIET SODA - yes DIET SODA has a significant impact on an individuals level of risk to develop diabetes.

    Don't recall the source, but I'm sure HEALTH CANADA(googled) can set you up.

    I was shocked the results from this research!
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    Oct 03, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    runner16: even water can be bad

    Well, yes, anything can be acutely toxic if you poison yourself with it. You must be referring to hyponatremia, which has been publicized as killing a few people who are either: a) on drugs
    b) serious distance athletes that fail to replenish electrolytes.
    c) women that drink water and don't urinate to win a Nintendo Wii on the radio

    However, that being said, water is NOT bad. Soda, in anything other than light moderation, is pretty awful for you. Anything close to 8 glasses a day of it (like your recommended water intake) would surely kill you eventually from any number of afflictions.

  • Oct 03, 2007 6:25 PM GMT
    Pop, as I call it, is a terrible thing. Our bodies strive every day to take in Oxygen and expell CarbonDioxide. by ingesting the CO2 in pop, you're putting more stress on your body by willingly ingesting co2 knowing full well that your body is trying to expell it to keep you alive!

    The sugars and artificial sweetners in pop are ridiculous. One can of coca cola classic has 39 grams of sugar! that's A LOT. some people have 3 cans a day!!! We all know by now, sugar that is not immediately burnt off as energy, which doesn't happen for most people drinking coke sitting at desks, gets stored as FAT. NOT GOOD.

    I am a personal trainer. I minored in nutrition in college. The first step I tell my clients and friends when starting a diet plan or workout plan. cut pop out and you'll see dramatically faster results.

    IF and only IF you are unable to kick the pop habit... I'd suggest switching over to ENVIGA. It's a slightly carbonated green tea drink (made by coca cola company) but the caffene comes from a natrual source and it has antioxidants, vitamins and minerals not found in coke. I enjoy one every once in a while when I'm very active and need a little pick me up. they're really great and not expensive. try it if you need to.
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    Oct 03, 2007 6:44 PM GMT
    "Pop, as I call it"

    I read that and thought, "He's gotta be from the Midwest." Sure enough... Ohio. I'm from NJ, where carbonated soft drinks are called soda, and it was really weird hearing it called pop when I moved to Iowa. After 25 years, I still haven't adjusted to pop (and groceries being put into sacks instead of bags.)
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    Oct 03, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    They call it "pop" in Pennsylvania too (my family is from there).

    I RARELY drink any type of soda. Before I gave up drinking (alcohol), I'd have tonic or seltzer water. Occasionally I'll drink a diet Red Bull before heading out for a night of fun...but that's about it.

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    Oct 03, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    Echoing Starboard, 1/4 of any juice or nectar mixed with 3/4 mineral water is a nice, cheap, healthy soft drink. For me, it's way more refreshing than a traditional soft drink which is ridiculously sweet. Somehow the corporate version of sweet makes me feel full, heavy and generally slow...slow enough to slump on the couch, watch tv, see all the soft drink ads, and repeat.

    ...and I never f*ck with the artificial sweeteners. I just don't need to make anything super sweet (never got the tooth) so I stick to the fruit sugars, a little white/raw sugar, or honey. Stevia's a great natural sweetener for some things too.

    Local words? In New England lots of people used to refer to every soft drink as "tonic". When I was a kid, everything was a coke. We'd ask for an orange coke, grape coke, whatever coke, cream coke. But maybe that was a family thing.
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    Oct 03, 2007 7:26 PM GMT
    I second the fruit juice with water recommendation. I find the intense sweetness of most fruit juices drowns out the fruit flavor. Diluting the juice enhances it. Using sparkling water is also nice. And, some juices go well with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Salubrious

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    Oct 03, 2007 8:42 PM GMT
    Rugger: is your family from the South? Cause Coke is the popular choice for people from the Southern states. I'm pretty sure it's because Coke was founded in (or perhaps near) Atlanta, which affected to use of the word.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 04, 2007 12:23 AM GMT
    "Pop" is really all I call all kinds of soft drinks. "Soda" is a formal name to most of us in Kansas. But I agree, it should be cut out
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    Oct 04, 2007 12:51 AM GMT
    I just posted a video link on Performance Eating Forum. called "What's Inside." It discloses the ingredients in a product. Unfortunately, on the web site, it gives the product away. On TV, it was interesting to lead up to the product.
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    Oct 04, 2007 1:31 AM GMT
    I've grown up in the Boston area, and it was always 'tonic' growing up for me. Pop just sounds weird, and soda is what the New Yorkers would say.

    I've basically given up drinking tonic/soda/pop. I do do seltzer, and I don't know how much better or worse that is, but it seems to be better for me. When I do have those strange times that I drink the carbonated sweetened beverage, it's way to sweet for me. I'm trying to make my own iced tea more often.