Diet Pop, Crystal Light & Water?


  • Jun 01, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    I have been trying to change a lot of habits lately. Years ago I used to drink at least 2-3 2 liters of diet pop a day. A couple months ago I went everything diet caffine free. I am about 95% off of all diet caffine free pop. I have always drank a lot of water but have been buying Crystal Light lately to give me some variety. I wish I liked tea but I do not!

    Is Crystal Light any better at all than diet caffine free popicon_question.gif

  • Timbales

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    Jun 01, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    It's still loaded up with artificial sweeteners and crap your body doesn't need or want.
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    Jun 01, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    What flavors of herbal teas have you tried?
    What don't you like about them?
    not sweet enough? add some honey ; you might be surprised how little honey it takes to sweeten tea.
  • calibro

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    Jun 01, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    Tea is so amazing! Are you drinking herbal or fruit teas? Most people have a particular fruit they like, so fruit teas are often easier on the palate.
  • cbrett

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    Jun 01, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    i have never under stood everyone drinking or eating diet foods they use man made sweeteners that really dont digest quickly though the body plus if you are going to eat or drink something why not have the real thing but maybe alittle less, moderation is the key for everything icon_confused.gif

    fine ill change my wording to "our bodies are not made to process chemicals, all of which these diet foods are made of ".icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 01, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    brettc saidi have never under stood everyone drinking or eating diet foods they use man made sweeteners that really dont digest quickly though the body plus if you are going to eat or drink something why not have the real thing but maybe alittle less, moderation is the key for everything icon_confused.gif


    This is da best answer and makes da most senseicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    Artificial sweeteners are "digested" or rather metabolized to some extent. This however is not the same as sugar which is metabolized into energy products. In general the idea of artificial sweeteners is that they are excreted in a form that is of relatively equivalent in energy level as they are consumed so that no "energy" (or fat) is deposited in your body.

    It is proven that these sweeteners do produce some amount of carcinogens, but then again a lot of things do (our bodies are designed to handle a little bit). My understanding is it's unclear how much they really do (and thus if its anything to worry about).
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    Jun 02, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    I refuse to give up my Diet Sunkist or Diet A&W Root Beer and Cream Soda.icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 02, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    I make it a point to drink water from when I wake up in the morning till about 5 or 6 PM ( typicall about 3 or 4 quarts a day) then I enjoy a diet soda or two in the evening or I have Iced tea.

    and that's one to grow on! icon_razz.gif

  • Jun 02, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    So honestly I have not tried tea for a very long time! And I do not like hot drinks icon_sad.gif But it would not hurt me to look around and see what is out there.

    But back to my question... is there a difference between Crystal Light and Diet Pop? Any difference that makes one better than the other?
  • OMGitsRoy

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    Jun 02, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
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    Jun 02, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    transformation2008 saidSo honestly I have not tried tea for a very long time! And I do not like hot drinks icon_sad.gif But it would not hurt me to look around and see what is out there.

    But back to my question... is there a difference between Crystal Light and Diet Pop? Any difference that makes one better than the other?


    Take a look at the ingredients to get an idea. Both are just water with a shit load of artificial ingredients. I keep neither in the house, so I can't take a look for you.
  • Medic911

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    Jun 02, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    You would see a huge change in your body if you cut out all of that nonsense.

    Go with only water- always, And if you need a pick-me-up, brew your own organic iced green tea with a little honey and lemon juice. It's awesome and SO good for you.


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    Jun 02, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    Medic911 saidYou would see a huge change in your body if you cut out all of that nonsense.

    Go with only water- always, And if you need a pick-me-up, brew your own organic iced green tea with a little honey and lemon juice. It's awesome and SO good for you.




    I agree with Medic. I cut out all soda, coffee, sugar, and salt from my diet since January 09, and have seen a huge difference.

    My favourite tea is jasmine dragon pearl green tea. No honey or lemon needed, the jasmine gives off a relaxing aroma and taste.


  • cbrett

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    Jun 02, 2009 11:57 AM GMT
    what is crystal light any way is that like ICE but the light vision icon_biggrin.gif
  • jrc2005

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    Jun 02, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    If you need your liquids to have flavor, do what some here suggest and try teas that are not laden with juice, sugar, or other artificial sweeteners. Try a squeeze of honey or things like lemon juice if you need sweetness, though you can get plenty of various herbal teas that are naturally sweet.
  • hoo4u

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    Jun 02, 2009 12:12 PM GMT
    I think the artificial sweeteners are WORSE for you than sucrose. And those Crystal Light things are loaded with artificial colors and flavors. I agree with the above posters on making your own iced teas using white, green or black tea with natural flavorings and honey, stevia or even table sugar (last resort)

    Good luck and congratulations for getting off POP, SODA, TONIC, COKE. LOL

  • Jun 02, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    So when you talk about teas? Are you talking about the kind you brew at home? I bought a couple of Arizona teas today both flavored (Pomegranite & Mango) I actually liked them but! both were like 2 servings and around 100 calories. So I can not see where that will be much better for me than the diet pop or crystal light?

    What brands and flavors of tea do you like the most? is it brewed? or steeped? (if that is for tea) And since I do not like hot drinks, how do they taste cold or chilled?

    Just want to get a couple of ideas to narrow down my search at the grocery store next time I go.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:16 PM GMT
    I always have iced tea in my fridge. I fill a pot with water, drop in six or so tea bags, maybe some orange rind or cloves for spice, and over medium heat bring it just to a boil. Take it off the heat and pour it into a pitcher and pop it in the fridge.

    If you must have sweet tea, add a dropper full of stevia. It is absolutely delicious, has zero calories, a ton of antioxidants, and is so refreshing.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 02, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    6 liters of soda a day? That's NUTS! icon_eek.gif

    My mom has diluted regular juice with water for years. Then she even started buying unsweetened concentrates to add to water, just to give it a little flavor. She adds them to the seltzers that have a "hint of lemon/lime" in them and brews fresh tea from grated ginger and fresh lemon. So there's obviously not a lack of variety in the little-to-no-sugar, no caffeine beverage department.
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:42 PM GMT
    Arizona Teas still contain a lot of sugar. ( 50-51g)
    So IMHO..you might as well drink soda. ( I'm not recommending that you do!)

    There are many tasty teas out there and like some others
    have suggested you can add a natural sweetener like honey.
    I only drink water and tea ( green tea in the morning, ginger, mint,
    berry mix or licorice during the day.) I really like Yogi teas.
    They can be expensive. But some places have them at a decent price.
    They also make a sweet tea which tastes great with
    a bit of honey ! You can brew a few bags then chill with ice if you'd like ?
    While I'm not a huge fan of Celestial Seasons they do have a large
    selection of flavors.

    Yogi Teas:
    http://www.yogiproducts.com/products/perfect-tea/

    Celestial Seasons:
    http://www.celestialseasonings.com/
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    Jun 02, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    transformation2008 saidI have been trying to change a lot of habits lately. Years ago I used to drink at least 2-3 2 liters of diet pop a day. A couple months ago I went everything diet caffine free. I am about 95% off of all diet caffine free pop. I have always drank a lot of water but have been buying Crystal Light lately to give me some variety. I wish I liked tea but I do not!

    Is Crystal Light any better at all than diet caffine free popicon_question.gif



    Many folks bloat on diet pop or Crystal Light like drinks from some of the artificial ingredients used.

    Coffee, or tea, is likely your best choice. Certainly, in most cases it's more cost effective. Green tea can provide some great good stuff, too, that's not present in junk drinks.

    If you were drinking 6 liters of regular pop a day, that's a HUGE amount of sucrose. It wreaks all sorts of havoc with your body. If you haven't already, you need to have a fasting glucose test done. That much sugar can REALLY mess up your insulin sensitivity, and leads to type 2 diabetes (100% preventable). You need to take a serious look at what you're eating, why, if it's good for you. Why are you now doing the junk drinks?

    Study everything you can on the human machine and nutrition. It can save your life.

    Try eating moderate, sound, meals. You MUST exercise, even if it's just a 20 minute walk daily. You shouldn't feel hungry, nor thirsty, if you're eating properly.

    If you're feeling very thirsty all the time, that's a major sign of high blood sugar, and it requires immediate medical treatment.

    Like I said, given your history with such large amounts of sucrose, if you haven't already, get a fasting glucose test done right away. You could be type 2 diabetic, and not know it.

    If your blood sugar is messed up, your doctor should be able to help get it under control, and will likely run a HBA1C test to see how messed up you are from such huge amounts of sugar.

    Almost certainly, you've damaged yourself with all that sugar. If it was all diet pop, fine...but, understand all that caffeine will dry you out big time.
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    Jun 15, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    Firstly: Congrats on migrating to lower sugar products, drinking water, and focusing on caffeine -free!

    To answer your question about Crystal Light vs caffeine-free diet pop:

    Sweetners: Both Crystal Light and the diet-pop/sodas use artificial sweetners, so there is a toss-up there. Aspartame, sucralose/Splenda, etc are still being studied for long-term effects.

    Still vs Carbonated: I'd tend to stray a bit from the carbonation side of diet pops, as I believe there are some health-detriments in it, but I won't mention mention them as I can't remember the specifics. I do know carbonation is essentially carbon dioxide, which is what our bodies expel, and while we're not inhaling it, putting it in our bodies in large amounts with high frequency seems unwise.

    Cans vs. Powder: Aluminum in the diet pop cans have occasionally been cited as something that could be a factor in various ailments. Again, I'm not a researcher, but you may have heard something along those same lines. Also, the cans often have dirt, dust or other unpleasant things on the top - the area you drink/pour from. Powders are usually sealed in a food-sanitary (presumably) pouch or container.

    Now, you can draw your own conclusions from the above, but I might leave you with one other point:
    - If you are content with a powder, and I am assuming you work out (being on this website), you might experiment with other powders that might migrate you towards your fitness goals. Those might be: proteins like whey isolate, something with electrolytes to replenish from a work-out, or others that might fit your lifestyle and current fitness goals.

    Good luck! And keep up with the water - dehydration throws it all out of whack icon_smile.gif.
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    Jun 15, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    I'm actually surprised at how some people can guzzle down so much soft drink (or should I say "soda pop"?) in a single day. I've got friends here in Australia and in the United States, and it seems 2 x 2 litre (67 fl/oz) bottles of Coca Cola is a regular entry on their shopping list.

    If you want to get off "soda" look at alternatives like freshly squeezed juices or self brewed teas - those bottled teas contain HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) which will NOT help you if your trying to lose weight!

    There's nothing wrong with tap water either and even that can be lightly flavoured with fruit juice.

    Best way is to get a 1 litre (34 fl/oz) drinking bottle and fill it with water and drink from that. It's usually easier to track how much water you intake as well and manageable.


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    Jun 15, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    I was told years ago NOT to drink Crystal Light.... too many chemicals.


    Buy club Soda and mix with any other liquid: orange juice, grapefruit....every once and a while treat yourself with pomogranate,


    But stay away from Chemicals.


    Congrats on the job so far.