Is it okay to drink 40-50 ounces of diet soda every day?

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A guy in our office only drinks Diet Cola and about 40-50 oz. of it a day. He says it is not harmful because there is no sugar.

But he does drink it every day, and there is 76 mg of caffeine per 20 oz. I checked the food label and there is no protein and I would say no nutritional value at all. So I wanted to know if what he says makes any sense, is it really not harmful? –Gary 


 

question-color-v2I would say that for someone to drink only 40-50 fl. oz. of diet cola daily is a bad idea.  A) No way is 50 fl. oz. sufficient fluid intake, and  B) Exclusively drinking diet colas isn’t a smart health move (unless that’s his only beverage and he is lost at sea or in the desert).  He’s right that they don’t contain sugar, but they do have artificial sweeteners.  Because they aren’t natural, I recommend no more than 3 servings a day of artificial sweeteners from any source. Perhaps switching from regular soda to diet is a big step for him!  The caffeine is not an issue. – Debbie J., MS, RD

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Posted on August 15, 2013, in Ask Our Dietitian, Health, Helpful, Nutrition, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am truly addicted to diet coke and don’t know how to quit…any suggestions?

  2. same thing !!!! it is terrible to be so dependent !
    please if you have any solution to quit ??!!!
    thanks

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