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what are the health benefits of switching from diet coke to water?

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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Lots: You will be better hydrated. You will not poison yourself with an artificial sweetner that breaks down to methanol and formaldehyde in your body. You will not take in phosphoric acid that will tend to upset your mineral balance and cause you to pee out your bones. And you may save money and lose weight.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
FREEDOM!!!: All the excellent, logical reasons dr. Fairchild mentioned apply. In addition, my patients have shown me that aspartame has an addictive quality, craved especially by depressed people. It's powerful & real. Kick the habit, and you'll be able to walk by the soft drink shelves in the grocery store with no more longing. It's not easy, but it's truly worth it. The weight loss is real too.
Dr. Wendy Askew
Dr. Wendy Askew commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Dr Pappa's is absolutely right, most articial sweeteners (maybe all of them?) are highly addictive, cause more cravings, and non-nutritive. Stick with water, teas.
Aug 3, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dental: In addition to the reasons provided by dr. Fairchild and dr. Pappas - the carbonic acid in diet coke will erode away at your tooth enamel significantly.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Nice "tag teaming" here, Dr. Fowler!
Jul 15, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Diet coke contains: A lot of carbonic acid - which eats up the enamel on your teeth. The caffeine in diet coke can make you jittery and give you insomnia. The caffeine will also cause you to diruese- which means you can become dehydrated. Changing from diet coke would give you huge health benefits.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Artificial sweeteners (as contained in Diet Coke) are also associated with increased waist girth and metabolic syndrome.
Jan 28, 2014
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Artificial sweeteners (as contained in Diet Coke) are also associated with increased waist girth and metabolic syndrome
Jan 28, 2014

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to replace water with diet coke?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Water is Best!: Soda pop contains corrosive acids such as citric, malic, tartaric carbonic or phosphoric which, can remove calcium from tooth enamel. Without protection from the dental enamel, the tissue underneath is susceptible to cavities, root canals & even extractions. Sugar is an additional cavity causing issue, so consider rinsing your mouth after drinking soda, both diet & soda containing sugar.

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