For someone who has never been on a diet, I drink an enormous amount of Diet Coke. It is usually the first thing to pass my lips in the morning and, often, the last thing I taste at night. There’s no sound more satisfying than the hiss and pop of a can being opened and, a few minutes after my first sip, I feel my heart flutter. I blame late nights spent studying for university exams when I needed regular swigs from a two-litre bottle to prevent me slumping over my desk. That was a decade ago and I still guzzle four or more cans of the stuff every day. I only buy cans. Plastic bottles don’t keep it cold. Glass bottles can be difficult to find. That means that in the past 10 years, I’ve drunk about 14, ml cans or almost 5, litres of the stuff. I figure that by the time I’m 60, I would have consumed the equivalent of a backyard swimming pool of bubbly, black liquid. It is not that I particularly like the taste.
Several years ago, a friend of mine was having a series of troubling symptoms including frequent headaches, dizziness and nausea. She finally visited her physician who ran a series of medical tests. Everything came back negative, so the doctor further questioned my friend about her lifestyle including her diet and sleep habits. When my friend revealed that she regularly consumed liters of diet soda each day, she was advised to discontinue her habit immediately. She did so and all of her symptoms disappeared within a week, never to return. Her physician suspected she was experiencing side effects from the excessive amount of artificial sweeteners she was consuming in the soda. Needing to lose a few pounds, last year I joined a formal weight-loss program that required me to drink one-two liters of water daily. It worked and I happily chugged away for the next several weeks.
The Federal Reserve signaled Thursday that it will hold rates near zero for a long time still. It turns out that one cup of drip coffee has about mg of caffeine, whereas a diet drink usually has about People were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. Some lost a lot. Is it okay to drink soda once in awhile? I went home relieved that the tests were negative but remained troubled when the symptoms continued. Because alcohol passes through the digestive tract quickly, it can cause stomach pains, nausea and abnormal bowel movements, such as diarrhea. According to a study from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, people who drink diet fizzy drinks have a greater risk of becoming overweight. But it has since taken on the role of an actual diet drink, meant for people who are trying to watch their weight.