Why I Quit Drinking Diet Soda

Something just occurred to me as I was reading over the post I wrote a few days ago, Best Sugar-Free Drinks. I didn’t even talk about diet soda. And I should have because diet soda is often the first drink that people think about when they want to lose weight but still want to drink sweet tasting drinks. Diet sodas are designed to taste like regular sodas. But instead of having corn syrup or sugar as a sweetener, diet sodas use aspartame or sucralose as a way of sweetening the drink.

I also turned to diet sodas because I thought the sweetness and fizz would help me to not crave sweets. But I quickly discovered that actually, I ended up craving more sweets. Diet sodas seem to most people to be the perfect diet drink as it doesn’t have any calories. And people want to avoid calories.

But if you have been following a low carb diet, you know that calories mean nothing when it comes to losing weight and being healthy. However, I wanted to avoid sugar while I was losing weight. So it seemed that sugar-free sodas would be a good option because it wouldn’t raise my blood sugar. And so I would drink coke zero.

But the thing is, there is a lot of mixed information out there about artificial sweeteners which include saccharin, aspartame, sucralose. I did some research and found that there are many health risks from drinking diet sodas. Many people believe that diet sodas are even worse for your health than regular sodas. Some of the health risks I read were cancer and kidney disease. And yes, many of the information is mixed, but duh, why would I risk my health if there is even a chance that diet sodas could make me sick.

There are also a lot of beliefs that diet sodas don’t help you lose weight either. Actually, they can help you to gain weight, especially in the belly.

My thinking is pretty simple, If these artificial sweeteners are not real food then why would I want to eat or drink anything that has them in it. Why would I want to risk my health?

So this is why I really don’t even think about drinking diet sodas. Diet sodas to me are poison. Simple as that.

So what are the alternatives? One alternative is to simply drink the sugar-free drinks I wrote about earlier this week, or drink a diet soda with stevia. If you haven’t heard of Zevia Zero Calorie Soda, You gotta check it out. It is the best! I love it!

Grape Zevia

Zevia Zero Calorie Soda is a natural soda that is sweetened with Stevia which is a natural sweetener that is safe to use. Zevia is a diet soda with no aspartame. I like that there is a huge variety of flavors, 17 to be exact.

These sodas taste great. I have tried the cola flavor and the cream soda flavor. Actually, my go to when I’m drinking an alcoholic beverage is Rum (which is sugar-free) and Cola Zevia. It is my version of a rum and diet. I enjoy it and I don’t miss the sugar one bit.

But I have to tell you the cream soda is amazing. It has that nice creamy vanilla taste I remember from when I was a kid. My kids and grandkids tried it and they love it too.

So the bottom line is I prefer not to put my health at risk by drinking diet sodas. But luckily there are some really great alternatives out there.

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26 thoughts on “Why I Quit Drinking Diet Soda”

  1. you are absolutely right and this topic is very important to know, some dietitians allow diet soda i really can’t believe this. and this alternative seems good and deserve to give it a try.

    thanks you 🙂

    1. I know! A lot of weight loss programs allow diet soda and it really isn’t good for you. I hope more people try the zevia. You are welcome and take care!

  2. I gave up drinking all sodas a number of years ago. After using to clean to some tools, which it worked very well on, I decided that if the soda can do that to grime and such on tools, I could only imagine what it was doing to my insides. I do not miss it at all!!

    1. I know what you mean! I mean it is like an acid that eats away at grime. Seriously, why would we want to drink that crap!

  3. I used to drink sugar free drinks thinking that it was healthy. I learned later that it was not true. That the artificial sweeteners are not good. Thanks for this article that explains more why these drinks are not good.

    Now I drink mostly water. Or isotonic drinks that hydrate. When I have a craving for soda, I find those that use natural sweeteners, like the Zevia that you recommended. I don’t see this drink in Singapore, and I hope someone brings them in soon.

  4. I used to be a big soda drinker…. Not anymore. Your article is spot on! I see people that drink soda all day and I wonder how are they not keeling over from dehydration and kidney failure… really though. The aspartame in diet soda is really bad for you too! Great article. I will definitely be checking back for more like this! Keep it up!

  5. Hi Wendy. Thank you a lot for sharing this great article with us . I am a great fan of diet soda. I read your article two times. After reading it , it has made me realize that this is main reason why I was making very little progress to achieve my weight loss goal. Your article is very valuable for me. Keep it up with the fantastic job that you are doing.

    1. You are welcome Hemant. And I highly suggest you go online and read up on the topic of diet sodas. I think it will convince you that you need to quit drinking sodas asap. Really it is about being healthy.

  6. Wendy, I am on the same page as you regarding diet soda- it does more harm than good. Honestly, I usually drink regular soda so I tend to notice the effects of diet soda. For example, usually, I tend to feel extremely thirsty when I drink diet. It also has a strange aftertaste and tends to taste “thin” (for lack of a better word) to me. I’ll have check out Zevia. Perhaps it’ll be a step towards a healthier direction.

  7. Great post! I gave up drinking soda a long time ago, but I miss the bubbles and, sometimes, even the sweetness. So it’s nice to have an alternative once in a while.
    I have tried some of the Zevia sodas and I did enjoy them. I mostly drink flavored carbonated water when I crave bubbles, but a good root beer or cream soda once in a while is always a good treat!

    1. Actually, Zevia has cream soda flavor! So check it out. I’m not sure about the root beer although I think they have Dr. Pepper flavor as well. 🙂

  8. You’re absolutely right! Many people are being deceived into thinking that diet sodas are sugar free but they are actually much worse than the regular ones because of the artificial sweeteners they contain.

    I am not a soda drinker but I occasionally drink cream soda, mixed with fresh milk, 50-50 ratio. You should try it sometime. If you like cream soda, you will enjoy it more with fresh milk.

    1. This is an interesting idea. I don’t drink milk, but I bet a bit of heavy whipping cream would be good with the cream soda (zevia). I’ll have to try it and let you know how it goes.

  9. I really enjoyed reading your post on soda and diet soda Stevia, especially Creme Soda! Brought back memories of long ago and an old curio shoppe in Hardy, Arkansas, selling Sassparilla and Creme Soda. Stopping there on the way home to the Ozarks, we all got our favorites and mine was Creme Soda. Thank you for an interesting and informative post, and for telling me Stevia sold Creme Soda. Delicious.

  10. Diet sodas are really bad because it artificially sweetened with the substances you mentioned. Some research would say that it even increase appetite by triggering hunger hormones. What’s really alarming is the bad effects on health it could do to you like kidney failure. Zevia zero on the other hand seems like a savior for soda cravings without compromising your health. However, there is no way in our country to get these on groceries so you have to order it online. Thanks for telling us about Zero zevia!

  11. I had kind of an “addiction” problem with sugary sodas in the past but I have to drink one for more than 6 years now. I now realize that the more you drink sodas, the more you crave them after a while.

    Somebody would think that the solution is drinking diet sodas but truth is that aspartame and other sweeteners are highly carcinogenic.

    Now I only drink homemade iced tea or lemon water with honey and a pinch of pink salt 😉 

    You should definitely try that yourself and you are not going to crave another soda drink ever again.

  12. Dear Wendy,

    Thanks a lot for the helpful and informative post.

    I use to drink sodas often and after my lunch I use to drink sodas instead of water and it became a habit. Few years before I realized my fault and now on an average I drink 2 to 3 sodas in a month.

    You hit me on my head when you asked, why we need to intake artificial sweeteners if its not a real food and risk our health. As we all know, prevention is better than cure. After reading your article I decided not to drink any soda lol. I will take your advice and I will go with sugar-free drinks. Period.

    Great information, you have really given a lot of value here and your article certainly made me think more on the subject.

    Much Success!


  13. To be honest with you, the only time I drink sodas these days is when I’m out and I need a mixer for a drink at a bar! I simply replace soda in the house with fizzy mineral water (works like a treat!). 

    I am however shocked to hear that these sugar free choices have dangers linked to them, and even cancer reports. Do these also relate to the more successful ‘Zero’ brands?

    1. I’m not sure what you mean by zero brands? I would read the ingredient. If your mineral water is simply sparkling water with nothing else added it should be okay, unless it is sweetened with stevia. 

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