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Why is diet soda bad for you?

Updated on June 23, 2013

Are you addicted to Diet Sodas?

Are you addicted to Diet Soda or more specifically Diet Coke? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone, there are literally millions of people addicted to Coca-Cola and Diet Coke.

The Caffeine in the drink is what makes Diet Coke so addictive, plus the allure of a nearly zero calorie drink.

If you ever try to understand the ingredients of a diet coke, the ingredients listing will put you off, you would probably need to take it to someone with a degree in Chemistry to understand what actually goes into a can of Diet Coke!

Being a Diet Coke addict, I drink more than 2 litres a day, I have decided to face up to reality and hold my hands up to the fact that YES, I am addicted to diet coke. I am now going cold turkey on all soda drinks, so I will let you know how I do with regular updates!

Diet Coke Ingredients
Diet Coke Ingredients

What is in a diet coke?

What are you putting into your body when you drink a diet coke?

Nutritional Information

Amount (% RDA Ingredients)

Calories 0

Fat 0g (0%)

Sodium 40mg (2%)

Carbohydrates 0g (0%)

Sugar 0g

Protein 0g (0%)

Ingredients of a Diet Coke

Carbonated Water

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Caramel Color

Phosphoric Acid

Natural Flavors


Aspartame (NutraSweet)

Potassium Benzoate

Citric acid

How diet soda causes weight gain - Learn how diet soda affects your body when you ingest it

Why is Diet Coke Bad for you?

First, Diet coke has Caffeine - which is really addictive. It also is dehydrating, so no matter how many diet cokes you drink you will never feel satisfied by it.

Experts also believe that drinking diet coke can lead to a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.

Ingredients include Aspartame, which if you look online can cause a multitude of health problems.

So Far......

Day 1 was slightly easier than my later days, a bit of a craving, only noticed that I am drinking coffee more and am craving sugary stuff

Day 2 have had some cravings just like I did when I quit smoking so used breathing techniques to let the craving pass. I'm finding that giving up diet coke is very similar to quitting smoking. I am craving sweet stuff all of the time so I am drinking a small amount of fruit juice to ease the cravings. Might even think about giving up chocolate next!

Day 3 was the worst, I had a terrible headache, I went to bed as soon as I came home from work with my kids and could not function at all.

Day 4 I woke up to a better start, the headache had gone, I decided to give up the coffee too even though I was drinking decaff and I stuck to water and milk.

End of Week 1 I feel so much better, thankfully the headache only lasted for one day and I'm still sticking to water. I feel a lot better as I was beginning to feel a slave to Diet Coke. My diet is also better, I'm eating salads for lunch instead of sandwiches and I generally feel healthier after only a few days. I am having cravings, my friend drinks a lot of pepsi max in work, i've been craving diet coke but I've managed. Day one was the hardest, its getting easier to resist as every day goes by.

End of Week 2, I've had no slip ups, I've also banned all soft drinks from the house, my kids struggled a bit this week as they usually have as much lemonade or coke as they want so its been an adjustment for the whole family. I haven't been able to get them to switch to water but they are drinking squash and milk and they are not complaining any more.

End of Week 3, I have no cravings at all for any kind of soft drink, the first week was the worst but I feel like I am past that now, I want to do this long term, so I will report back in a months time to see how I'm doing.


OMG-TODAY 2 lovely friends I have recently met admitted to being ADDICTED to Diet COKE!!! I convinced them to give up cold's the story!!!

Get help to treat your diet coke addiction - Of course, there are plenty of self help books to help you beat your addiction to diet coke

Are you addicted to Diet Coke? - Do you enjoy Diet Coke? Let us know what you think about drinking diet sodas and leave a comment

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    • TapIn2U profile image

      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Never did love soda. Thanks for all the important information and the video. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      I'm trying to go without Diet Coke at the moment. It's going all right but I find I'm eating a lot more food lol! Figure I'll happily gain a couple of stone though if it means keeping my teeth...

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      nolancooley 4 years ago

      There are some studies that show that our body reacts to diet soda as if it was regular soda in regards to blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are important because it can lead to metabolic syndrome if left unchecked.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I understand that soda is bad for you. I find it really ironic when someone who drinks regular soda bashes diet soda. One has high fructose corn syrup (if you don't know which, please don't make any nutritional arguments about soda) and the other aspartame. They are both horrible for your health, like choosing weight gain/diabetes or cancer. Personally, I drink things with aspartame, I choose risking cancer! GO ME!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't drink anything diet, I read that diet drinks are bad for your health

      cool lens

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      I hate Diet Drinks of any kind. Can't stand the taste.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am addicted to Diet Coke. It's something more than just the caffeine that has me hooked. I have stopped drinking Diet Coke for several days while at the same time increasing my coffee consumption. So, I'm getting caffeine, but still find myself craving Diet Coke. I seem to have a craving for getting my caffeine fix through a carbonated drink. It's crazy. Enjoyed your lens!

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      najoslin 4 years ago

      I have been totally addicted to diet pepsi for a long time.... I have tried to quit, but get terrible head aches and generally feel really sick. This addiction is no joke! I'm trying to gradually wean myself off, but its slow going.... Thanks for writing about this REAL problem.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hahaha wow...trolling hard.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @normal lm: you are a fat cunt still you big bloater

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I stopped all sodas about a year ago. Intuitively, I knew it was addicting and, quite possibly, bad for my health. I worried about the artificial sweeteners, the artificial favors, the artificial colors, and the fizz.

      What sealed the deal was the question, "Would I water my plants with soda pop?"

      I now use water to quench my thirst.

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      normal lm 5 years ago

      I was addicted to the Coco-Cola soft drink. I use to have 10 cokes per day, and this continued for 6 months. But then i started reducing the intake. @that time i gained weight about 10 kg.. but now i am fit.

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. I know that Diet Coke is bad for us. My all family members don't drink these artificial drinks. Most of the times we drink water and once a while juice only. This is really good information and everybody should be aware about these products.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Addicted! I have more than 100 ounces per day. Ridiculous. Tea if fine, water is quenching, Crystal Light tastes good, but NOTHING is the same as my Diet Coke! I need rehab. :(

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      Yes I am an addict. I am currently experiencing caffeine withdrawals and it's not pretty lol!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have to have my diet coke! I drink at least 2 to 3 a day and if I don't have it, I get a bit nuts!

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      @Stephen Lewis: I had switched to decaff Coffee quite some time ago, so not too bothered about the intake of my coffee thanks for the comment!

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      Stephen Lewis 6 years ago

      Just a suggestion privatly. I found this lens a few days ago and did not have time to tead it. When I searched for it by tag "diet cola" I did not find it. I suggest you add that tag.

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      Stephen Lewis 6 years ago

      I may be addicted to diet cola, but not diet coke. I am a little confused. You say that caffeine is the addictive element. And then you say that in the withdrawal process you drink more coffee. I do not understand how that is withdrawal from the addictive problem, since coffee is probably the original source of caffeine?

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow I had no idea that Diet Coke was so bad. I drink a lot of iced tea. My hubby is addicted to soda I'm sure of it now. I'm going to make him read this. Good luck!

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks, will let you know when I get some symptoms ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @catherinelovestv: If you're having trouble with aspartame withdrawl symptoms, let me know! I have some excellent suggestions for detoxing :)

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi,

      Thanks for the comment, I've read up on the net about aspartame addiction, so I am waiting for the withdrawal symptoms of Aspartame before I write more on that. I'm on day 2 at the moment and am craving a diet coke, it feels like I did when I quit smoking. One day at a time :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like your post - however - I REALLY think you need to look up aspartame addiction, rather than focus on caffeine. I have been up to 6 litres/day of CAFFEINE-FREE Diet Coke & STILL craved it just as bad. Also, when I looked up aspartame poisoning symptoms, I was a textbook case... More info -