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Is a 12-a-Day Diet Coke Habit Bad For You?

Are you hooked on diet soda? If you're like Amanda Sanchez, a 29-year-old mother of two who drinks 12 cans a day, then you might want to cut back. Health experts think that consumption of diet sodas might lead to health consequences down the road. There have been no major studies stating that diet sodas are bad for you, however Dr. David Katz, a nutrition expert at the Yale School of Medicine believes that it could be damaging to your skeleton.

"There is some evidence that the acid load of soda, regular or diet, has an adverse affect on bone health. I would be very worried that if you are drinking 12 cans a day, diet or regular, it's potentially going to do damage to your skeleton, and eventually that can be a very serious problem.

However, the folks at Coca-Cola don't believe that's the case. Diana Garza, the communications director of Coca-Cola North America stated:

"Great taste. No calories. Wholesome ingredients. How could you drink too much?"

Even if there wasn't an ongoing debate on whether or not aspartame is safe, I don't think I could really consider it "wholesome," and I'm pretty confident that 12 cans of anything a day is probably 10 cans too many.

Source: ABC News

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Rockerchic13 Rockerchic13 9 years
I drink around 7 or 8 a day. I love Diet Coke. However, I have really bad anxiety and panic attacks and I know that my caffeine intake is definitely affected towards if I feel jumpy or not. If I drink too many in a row I get a little loopy. If I have over 8 sodas I am off the walls. So in moderation like anything else is OK!
millarci millarci 10 years
Who drinks 12 a day? I mean drink about 3 a day but 12? yeesh! Although I'm trying to cut down...
SU3 SU3 10 years
12?! Seriously? Wow!
cfeccentric cfeccentric 10 years
It makes me sick thinking of drinking more than one can of anything in a day. That can't possibly be good for anyone. Think of all the chemicals and such you'd be flushing through your body.
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
Oh wow I don't drink 12 a day but I def have one or two through out my week. Pretty scarey!!
Neural Neural 10 years
I had a pretty good Diet Coke habit going in college and have struggled with it ever since. But in the last few years I've noticed that the caffeine affects my BP and makes me feel a bit more nervous so I've cut back and am drinking more tea and water. Yeah, tea has caffeine too but it doesn't seem to have the same effect. So maybe there's less caffeine in tea? I dunno.
riva riva 10 years
I just remember one doctor on television, who was asked if diet soda or regular soda was worse for your body. He said, that there is no proof that the artificial sweeteners are bad for you and the other ingredients are the same for both (and equally bad), so if you have to drink it, you should stick to diet, because at least it has not that much sugar. But of course no soda would be best.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 10 years
I love Diet Coke, but I definitely don't have more than 2 cans in a day.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 10 years
I used to only drink diet. Then I started to link diet soda to my migranes. To ween myself off of diet soda, I drank about half a can a day of regular soda (I'd rather have the extra 100 calories than a headache due to chemicals!). Now I just drink sparkling water when I'm craving a fizzy drink.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
Wholesome, not so much, but I do love my Diet Coke. I don't think I'll ever break that addiction!
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I drink 3-4 Diet Cokes a's easier to drink a can than to eat when I'm bored. I can't imagine drinking a dozen though! How could someone have time to do that?
stefsprl stefsprl 10 years
Pop is so awful for your teeth. I used to work for a dentist, and we told people that it was okay for a few times a week as long as it was with food to help neutralize the acid. Some types of pop are only one point on the pH scale away from battery acid -- yikes!
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
Wholesome! Oh, that's rich. I wonder how much Diet Coke Ms. Garza drinks.
susanec susanec 10 years
Wholesome? Hardly. I'm drinking one now but I've had two Nalgenes full of water. And will have more.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
wow that is a bit ridiculous, I don't even drink that much liquid in one day. The most cans of diet soda I will drink in a day is 2 but anymore than that is not even remotely healthy.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
um, isn't moderation key? 12 of anything, even bottles of water can't be good for you.
carito8 carito8 10 years
Ewwww I hate Diet Coke or any kind of soda for that matter.....When I see people drinking soda at breakfast I feel like I'm going to throw up, is a really bad habit! People need to drink water or no sugar added juice instead.
Alleigh Alleigh 10 years
I thought my two a day habit was bad....
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Ew, who drinks that much pop anyway. What's wrong with goog ol' water?
smarler smarler 10 years
I love soda and drink around 5-6 cans a day. I also drink my 8 glasses of water a day, so I don't think there's anything wrong as long as there is a balance (I think I'm just a really thirsty person!) I still don't think that Diet Coke is "wholesome," it's just not as bad as regular soda. Also, drinking soda through a straw prevents the damage to your teeth, so fellow soda drinkers, use straws.
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
mmm diet coke...i love the stuff. i used to drink SO MUCH, but i have cut down. i tended to replace food with it. it also made me feel fuller and stuff. i don't really care about how it affects me because there's so many contradictions. who to believe? but i get PISSED when people jump on me for drinking it. ohh man. i'm trying to cut down more because i read that it causes bloating.
arihm arihm 10 years
I read this with my 2nd Diet Coke of the day in hand.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
What I love most about all of this is that the people at Coke call the ingredients wholesome. I laughed for like 10 minutes.
darkbeauty darkbeauty 10 years
And regarding the safety of aspartame, I've just done a big research project on it in grad school. There is no conclusive evidence that shows aspartame, sucralose, and even saccharin have any cancerous or brain damaging effects. Studies only show an association between artificial sweeteners and cancer in lab rats (no other animal, even monkeys, shows the same effect) at very high doses hundreds and thousands of times the allowable daily intake for human. There's a bunch more, but that's just the highlights. 12 cans though? Definitely too much, the acidity of soda can wreak havoc on your teeth and stomach and the caffeine can cause headaches after reducing intake (a symptom of withdrawal). Besides, isn't $50 bucks a week (or more) just spent on soda cause enough to cut back?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I drink one diet Coke a day. I wish I could find something else that was sold in bulk like soda is because I don't have the money to spend $5 on a four-pack of something better for me. Sorry, body.
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