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Fittingly Mad: Diet Coke Plus?

Tons, and I mean tons, of people drink Diet Coke. The zero calories concept seems to sway a lot of people, I guess, but I prefer not to rot my teeth - it is the chemicals not the sugar that etch away at the enamel of your teeth.

It seems a little like a scam to me, people drinking this cola and thinking it is good for them since it contains no calories but I call it “chemical water.” Now Coca Cola has created - Diet Coke Plus.

Plus what, you may ask? They mix 15% of your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for niacin, B6, B12, and 10% of your daily zinc and magnesium into every 8 oz serving of artificial sugar.

I should be happy, right, that Diet Coke is somehow trying to encourage its faithful drinkers to be a little healthier, but I am not buying it (literally too!). This is just another way for them to make money since vitamin water is so popular. And people are going to fall for it. They'll forget all about the artificial sugar and the caffeine, and think "Hmmm, that's neat. Now I can get my Diet Coke and my vitamins and minerals. Yay!"

Too bad drinking sodas regularly, like Diet Coke, are connected to low bone density mass. That means drinking soda 5 times a week can put you at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease that approximately 55% of Americans are at risk of developing.

I have an idea. How about we ditch the soda and drink water instead. If you're eating a healthy diet full of lots of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains, then I'm sure you're getting more than enough vitamins and minerals. You don't need help from Diet Coke Plus to get you there - it's doing more harm than good.

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Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 7 years
I agree with phonakins. I am a self proclaimed diet cokehead. Have been for years. Sure I could give up soda because I know it's bad for me, but then why not give up coffee while I am at it, and then give up factory processed food, and just start growing my own food. Everything has chemicals in it nowadays that are going to kill you or give you cancer. So what. At least my chemicals taste pretty darn good.
phonakins phonakins 8 years
But if I'm drinking it anyway, it might as well have extra goodies in it for me.So long as it doesn't taste like crap!
phonakins phonakins 8 years
But if I'm drinking it anyway, it might as well have extra goodies in it for me. So long as it doesn't taste like crap!
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 8 years
I've cut my diet coke consumption down to one a day. It used to be the only think I drank! Still don't like water, but I've gotten used to it and the fact that it's healthier. Not sure I like coke plus, I eat plenty of veggies, so I'll stick to regular diet coke.
vividblurry vividblurry 8 years
What are your thoughts on Diet Pepsi Max? It has ginseng in it as well as twice the caffeine as traditional Diet Pepsi - wowzers!Surely you've seen the commercials (wakeuppeople.com) where it's a bunch of people yawning and at the end they scream "WAKE UP PEOPLE." Ok, Ok, I'm awake! :)
vividblurry vividblurry 8 years
What are your thoughts on Diet Pepsi Max? It has ginseng in it as well as twice the caffeine as traditional Diet Pepsi - wowzers! Surely you've seen the commercials (wakeuppeople.com) where it's a bunch of people yawning and at the end they scream "WAKE UP PEOPLE." Ok, Ok, I'm awake! :)
juju4 juju4 8 years
I am just recently (within the last week) kicking the diet soda habit. It is hard because sometimes there aren't many lo-calorie choices when eating out, and I enjoy tasty beverages. I appreciate this post though, because it is a good reminder of all the awful things one consumes when having a diet soda!
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
hey fit,... could you do a post on aspertame?!?!?!!?and the effects of it that many people probably don't know or aren't informed of....
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
hey fit,... could you do a post on aspertame?!?!?!!? and the effects of it that many people probably don't know or aren't informed of....
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
nasty!
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
nasty!
ktacce ktacce 8 years
oooh, coke zero, how i love thee. and i know it is bad for me... but i love love love it. it's my sweet treat mid-day and it's one of the only sugary-tasting things i let myself have. the guilt! i swear... and i totally agree with lemuse. if i am gonna do it i may as well get some vitamins.
ktacce ktacce 8 years
oooh, coke zero, how i love thee.and i know it is bad for me... but i love love love it. it's my sweet treat mid-day and it's one of the only sugary-tasting things i let myself have. the guilt! i swear... and i totally agree with lemuse. if i am gonna do it i may as well get some vitamins.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
I'm young, I can't help but drink soda! I try to drink water a lot more, but it's hard
laurarose520 laurarose520 8 years
Soda is bad for you. No matter what you do to it. And is it just me, or are vitamin infused drinks subject to weird aftertastes. Then again, I never liked soda, so I'm strictly a water, tea, SF Crystal Light girl.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I'm guilty of drinking diet coke, I know it's bad but sometimes I crave something fizzy. Though I heard from my dentist that if you drink just one coke a day, and take little sips so it lasts all day and try to swallow as fast as you can so (or use a straw) it's not sitting in your mouth, it won't hurt your teeth. I guess that's some advice for some die-hard soda fans, I know it still doesn't make it GOOD. I'm thinking though... if I'm gonna drink some diet Coke, it may as well be the Plus!
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I'm guilty of drinking diet coke, I know it's bad but sometimes I crave something fizzy. Though I heard from my dentist that if you drink just one coke a day, and take little sips so it lasts all day and try to swallow as fast as you can so (or use a straw) it's not sitting in your mouth, it won't hurt your teeth. I guess that's some advice for some die-hard soda fans, I know it still doesn't make it GOOD.I'm thinking though... if I'm gonna drink some diet Coke, it may as well be the Plus!
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
I used to drink sodas until a year ago- I stopped and diciplined myself to have water, tea, coffee, etc or even milkshakes if i wanted that sweet kick. It's so worth it- no empty calories and they don't even quench your thirst you know.
jhuck jhuck 8 years
My roomate drinks at least 3 or 4 diet coke's each day. Her teeth are already a mess from a lot of smoking, and I'm sure this isn't helping. I have one diet coke every 2 days or so, and mostly only to satisfy my craving. I've cut down considerably, as I used to drink 2 or 3 a day about 5 years ago. I do enjoy the taste of it, which is my issue for not giving pop up alltogether.
sugababee sugababee 8 years
eeeeeew i drink soda every now and then but i think im gonna stop now...
sugababee sugababee 8 years
eeeeeew i drink soda every now and thenbut i think im gonna stop now...
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 8 years
i rarely drink any sodas, but i've never been one for any diet drinks. they do the same damage as light cigarettes...the assumption is that it's "light", so it can't be as bad. personally, any drink that's adding the vitamins is a waste in my eyes. if we just follow a balanced diet, we could do the same thing on our own.
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 8 years
i rarely drink any sodas, but i've never been one for any diet drinks. they do the same damage as light cigarettes...the assumption is that it's "light", so it can't be as bad.personally, any drink that's adding the vitamins is a waste in my eyes. if we just follow a balanced diet, we could do the same thing on our own.
Moody Moody 8 years
Ugh. I so agree with this. Diet coke is evil. And it's super bad for your teeth too. Getting rid of my diet coke addiction is one of the best things I ever did.
Moody Moody 8 years
Ugh. I so agree with this. Diet coke is evil. And it's super bad for your teeth too. Getting rid of my diet coke addiction is one of the best things I ever did.
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