Why I Do Not Dig Diet Soda

March 24th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  7 Comments

The always-wise Pilar Gerasimo on the ills of diet soda — more reasons than you think to avoid the vile brew:

I think diet soda is awful. I think all soda is awful, actually (yes, I know there are no “bad” foods, but I hold soda in approximately the same regard as those puffy orange Circus Peanuts — these are not really “foods,” per se). Diet soda, in my view, is especially insidious.

Here are my top 10 reasons.


  1. Elizabeth says:

    March 26th, 2010at 2:47 pm(#)

    I confess I’m a little suspicious of anyone who talks about unspecified “toxins” in the body — it sounds like the rationale behind cleanses. The same goes for those who claim that aspartame causes serious illness.

    I quit diet soda about a year ago and I do think that choice helped me to lose weight. On the other hand, I could easily down 6-8 cans on a slow day, I’d been drinking that much for nearly ten years, and I never displayed symptoms of anything beyond caffeine hangover. I know that’s only my experience, but much of the evidence for aspartame toxicity also comprises personal experiences.

  2. MaryL says:

    March 28th, 2010at 10:16 pm(#)

    “The acids in diet soda (and regular soda, for that matter) eat away at the enamel on your teeth.”

    YES! I found out the hard way, after years of diet-soda consumption. If you look in the mirror now and can see that the biting edges of your teeth look a little translucent, that’s permanent loss of enamel that you’re looking at.

  3. Mrs. T says:

    April 1st, 2010at 10:17 pm(#)

    I’m an ex-diet soda (…and black coffee and tea) freak, and I dig this article! I used to drink enough diet soda per day that I’m honestly surprised I don’t have an ulcer the size of a cannonball in my stomach. Years ago, I had to stop drinking the stuff because I started experiencing pain in my throat and stomach when I swallowed it. Um, yikes. Not sure what caused it, possibly just the carbonation and acidity, but I just can’t swallow the stuff anymore.

    The only thing I’m not so sure about is the claim that “diet soda leads to weight gain.” While the studies on this are really interesting, it’s not exactly the soda making you gain weight, it’s more like your brain’s associations with soda and/or sweet tastes are causing you to overeat. Not the actual content of the soda can. Sorry, just had to nitpick that point!

  4. Anna says:

    April 5th, 2010at 5:57 pm(#)

    It’s certainly not health food, but I’m not going to beat myself up over my one Diet Coke a day habit. I have bigger fish to fry.

  5. Dag A. Ruud says:

    April 7th, 2010at 3:02 am(#)


    This article is wrong. Primarily, the claim that aspartame or acesulfame triggers an insulin response has been refuted.

    Many people also have a slight addiction for fizzy drinks (me included) and when you have to choose between a can containing 34 grams of sugar (pepsi)which WILL trigger an insulin response, thus being a catalyst for fat storage, and one containing NO sugar, even if it’s full of artificial sweetener, the choice seems easy to me.

  6. Mistress Krista says:

    April 7th, 2010at 5:26 am(#)

    Dag: Have you considered soda water?

  7. Bela says:

    May 14th, 2010at 5:12 pm(#)

    I grew up in a place without soda – diet or otherwise. Then things changed and it became available to me. I nearly spit it right back out when I tried. I just haven’t managed to acquire a taste for it. After reading this article, I’m glad that I don’t drink it. Instead, I drink water (lots of it), herbal teas, fruit juices, and the occasional coffee (milk, but not sugar).

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