Have you successfully switched to diet soda? Which ones taste the best?

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2015-05-26 01:07:21 -0500
Started 2012-03-14 12:32:28 -0500

I just posted an article about a study that finds it is sugared soda and other drinks that raise heart disease risk (not diet).


It also indicts ALL sugared drinks like fruit juices - even as little as one a day! The study produced a STRONG recommendation to cut out the suagred drinks completely.

That being said, what diet sodas taste the best to you? Anyone have tips for making the switch to diet drinks? Anyone still miss the sugar?!!!


29 replies

Catresq 2015-05-26 01:07:21 -0500 Report

I started drinking Diet Pepsi, but get quickly bored with it and started adding lime juice to get rid of the weird diet taste. Now, I can get by with ice water with lime in it. I only usually enjoy soda in the morning now. I also enjoy jasmine green tea.

HeartHawk 2012-04-06 23:49:56 -0500 Report

Here are my favorite diet sodas

COLA: Diet Pepsi followed by Coke Zero

MOST LIKE REGULAR: Point Diet Root Beer, Diet Dr. Pepper

OTHER FAVORITES: Diet Mountain Dew

That's what I drink. I have also taking a liking to Mio the new zero-calorie, flavored "water enhancer" you squirt into palin water. I sure do dring more water now. I just carry the squeeze bottle in my pocket. Anyone else try it.


draco59 2012-03-30 21:57:00 -0500 Report

Hi HH,
My wife, all most 27 yrs. ago just switches me from 8 to 10 cans of pepsi to diet pepsi, cold turkey. I wasn't happy but it worked. Know as for taste, diet pepsi, diet Dr Pepper, Diet 7up and diet sprits, are the best to me. I'm down to about 24 oz. of diet pepsi a day plus almost 2 gallons of water and a couple 20 oz. PowerAde zero, after taking care of the horses. I barely stand the taste of regular pop, but every once in a while I’ll have a regular root beer.
I'm also a type 2 diabetic since about 2005

HeartHawk 2012-03-31 23:53:50 -0500 Report


Wow, not that it's bad but that's a lot of fluid! Sounds like you are also getting lots of exercise running to the bathroom, lol! How does that root beer affect your blood sugar?


Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-03-28 11:14:58 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed diabetic the night of my heart attack, with an A1C of 6.0. Now it's about 5.5.

Until recently I always drank diet soda. Once in a while I still do. But now I mostly drink carbonated water with the juice from half a lemon or half a lime.

The change came when I received a SodaStream machine as a Christmas gift. I tried all of the flavors they offered that seemed appealing, but quickly decided I didn't like any of them. So I started carbonating my water and adding flavors of my own. My favorites are lemon and lime. I like the fresh taste, and get the same satisfaction I did from sodas.

I don't know whether this is really good for me, but I suspect it might be. At least I am not drinking sugar (which I never did) or artificial sweeteners (which I did a lot till now). I've heard that there might be concern about getting too much acid in sodas, though, so I'm curuious whether I might be creating a new problem by frequently drinking a little citric acid.

HeartHawk 2012-03-29 00:34:19 -0500 Report


I have a SodaStream myself and its a handly little gadget. The only problem I can see from lemons and limes might be a little stomach upset if you are sensitive to acids. Also, their oxylate content might be contraindicated for people with kidney stones. Otherwise, they are extremely healthy.

Here is a good article on the subject.



Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-03-29 07:47:24 -0500 Report

Thanks, HeartHawk!

My stomach is almost never upset. The oxylate appears to be in the peel, so I'm probably not getting any from just the juice. Sounds like I'm doing well for myself.


milesrf 2012-04-01 13:09:03 -0500 Report

Note that the cheaper brands of ciitrus fruit juices are usually squeezed by machine from whole fruits, without removing the peels. For example, most orange juice has so much flavor from the peel that sugar or some other sweetener must be added before many prople will buy that brand more than once. Some of the more expensive brands have the peels removed by humans before they are squeezed, though.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2012-03-22 00:40:33 -0500 Report

I too am diabetic so I chose not to drink any soda. Just water and tea once in a while milk, do not miss the soda or anything sweet.

HeartHawk 2012-03-27 00:29:24 -0500 Report

Te Ja,

Any tricks or advice to make it easier to give up sweet drinks?


Te Ja
Te Ja 2012-03-27 17:13:05 -0500 Report

No tricks, last May my BS was 464, A1C was 11.8, BP avg 199/99 and I was 80lbs overweight. Today BS is 102, A1C 5.5, BP 140/70, and I've lost 58lbs. My advice is anyone who drinks soda either cut back and stop drinking it for awhile just so they can see for themselves the difference it can make.

milesrf 2012-03-30 18:45:52 -0500 Report

I've read that going on a low-carb diet (low in both sugars and starches) is harder for the first few months than a low-fat diet, but then it decreases your appetite enough that it becomes easier to follow.

HeartHawk 2012-03-31 23:58:40 -0500 Report


Yeah, the hard part is giving up breads (I wrap sandwich meat in lettuce - switched from regular sandwiches and subs to Jimmy Johns "Unwich") and crunchy snacks like pretzels (eat lots of nuts now). I'm kinda skinny to start with so keeping weight UP is actually a problem. With low-card I have to eat like a horse to simply maintain my weight!


Te Ja
Te Ja 2012-03-31 21:30:21 -0500 Report

Speaking as a diabetic low-carb can be harder only because you have to learn how the different foods react to your BS levels. Your appetite does decrease because you are eating healthier foods and not eating empty calories.

berrykins0 2012-03-15 12:52:10 -0500 Report

no i didn't have a hard time switching i have diabetes i only drink juice that it consider light small glass for breakfast nother words 4 ounces a day and this is ok with my nutrionist.

HeartHawk 2012-03-16 01:08:33 -0500 Report


How about soda. Drink any of that?


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