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Old 12-12-2012, 05:31 PM   #21
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Steps: soda -> fruit juice -> watered-down fruit juice -> water with a twist of lemon/lime/etc.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:36 PM   #22
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Soda's, both diet and sugared, are bad for your teeth and bones.

Acids in Popular Sodas Erode Tooth Enamel | LiveScience

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It's not the sugar, as much as the acids.
I still drink sparkling water sometimes, when I want some bubbles... but water is my mainstay.
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I really enjoy sparkling water, sometimes with a splash of fruit juice.
Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
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Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
Isn't that the point?
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For me, I used to drink an occasional soda and occasionally eat some sugary foods (donuts, cookies, etc), until I learned just how bad they were for my health. I decided to give them all up several years ago, pretty much cold turkey. The only time I will have a sugary dessert now is if I am at a friend's house, and they serve one to me (I could decline that too, but this only happens rarely, so I don't worry about it). I can't say that I ever really "craved" sugary drinks and foods, so for me, it really wasn't a big problem to give them up. If you do crave them, you might be the type of person that has to give them up completely; otherwise, I have a feeling that drinking a few sodas a week, or eating a few cookies, will just feed that desire to have more sugary stuff. My opinion only.
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Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
Yes, but I suspect the OP was talking about sweetened, flavored, and perhaps caffeinated soft drinks.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:07 PM   #26
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Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
Yes. I know. that's why it's in moderation. Especially compared to my diet soda addicted sister... who drinks 4-6 cans a day of diet pepsi.

Speaking only for myself... drinking pelligrino sometimes ... translates to about every 2 weeks. not daily. Moderation etc.., yada yada. Regular water is what I drink day in/day out... with meals, at my desk, etc.
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Avoid separation anxiety. Go cold turkey. That is how I quit smoking. Should work for sugar water as well.
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Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
Most sodas also have phosphoric or citric acid added to them.

This link tested pH of cola, then degassed it and measured again:

31.19 What is the pH of Coca-cola?

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So the conclusion is that the pH of Coca-Cola is approximately 2.5 - 2.7.
Not surprisingly, the relatively weak carbonic acid from the dissolved CO2
did not significantly affect the pH of the beverage.

Read more: 31.19 What is the pH of Coca-cola?
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I can relate exactly to what you're going through, I drink about 2 liters of Coke Zero and or Diet Coke every day. I tried reducing the intake but I felt dehidrated and the craving was intense. My wife tells me to drink water instead and it's really hard since I get no taste from it....Doh!

As for coffee, I tried no sweetner at all and I hated the taste and it seemed bitter. I eventually reduced it to one pack and two cups of coffee in the morning as it works well since I then go to Diet Coke throughout the day.

I don't think I can stop drinking Soda, I just don't have it in me.
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I can relate exactly to what you're going through, I drink about 2 liters of Coke Zero and or Diet Coke every day. I tried reducing the intake but I felt dehidrated and the craving was intense. My wife tells me to drink water instead and it's really hard since I get no taste from it....Doh! ...
Try this - seriously. Don't actually try to stop drinking soda, just do this instead.

Drink soda as you normally do, but every time you open a can or pour a drink, also pour a half-glass of water. As you drink the soda, take sips of water. Finish the water before taking the next soda. Do this for 2~3 weeks (I think it takes your body about this long to adapt to changes).

Then increase the water to a full glass. Two~three weeks of this.

Now take a few sips of the water before the soda. Another 2~3 weeks.

Now drink half the glass of water before the soda, the rest during/after. Another 2~3 weeks.

Then a full glass of water before, etc. I think you'll find your craving for the soda gets displaced to a craving for water. Best part is, you never actually try to do this, it just happens.

I did something along these lines when I thought I should be getting a higher water/coffee ratio. I started craving water instead of coffee.

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What kind of soda do you drink? Actually, what I am asking is whether it has caffeine. Because what you describe could be caffeine withdrawal.

I was drinking lots of diet drinks (Cherry Coke Zero to be precise) and decided I wanted to limit artificial sweeteners. I also don't think sugar is really good for you so didn't want to move to sugared drinks.

I basically tapered off on a step by step basis. Cold turkey was just too difficult due to caffeine headaches.

Basically I started out and would drink them only during the day. Then I would drink only before noon. Then I limited to only one in the morning. Finally I got to a point where I wasn't buying any more at home but would sometimes buy one when I went out to eat (a couple of times a week) or sometimes when I would stop at a convenience store.

As I substitute I mostly drank cold bottled water occasionally I would put True Lemonade in it which doesn't use artificial sweeteners although it does use stevia and a very tiny amount of sugar (1g).

I still missed caffeine. I don't like coffee and I didn't want sugared tea and didn't like unsweet tea.

Several months ago we moved to our current home where we go out less (20 minutes away from a store) so that cut back on the drinks I was getting from the convenience store (yes I knew that wasn't economical but it did help in lowering the amount I was drinking).

So we started buying the boxes of Cherry Coke Zero again. I still limit how many I drink, but I've backslid quite a bit.

Basically I don't mind giving up the artificial sweetener and even the taste (which I love) but I don't want to give up caffeine....
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Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
The heavier "soft drinks" have other much stronger acids plus apparently the sugar adds to the acidity. Carbonic acid itself is quite mild and the minerals in some sparkling waters buffer it anyway.
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Carbonic acid should not be a problem, read the Wikipedia write up.
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Most sodas also have phosphoric or citric acid added to them.

This link tested pH of cola, then degassed it and measured again:

31.19 What is the pH of Coca-cola?



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The heavier "soft drinks" have other much stronger acids plus apparently the sugar adds to the acidity. Carbonic acid itself is quite mild and the minerals in some sparkling waters buffer it anyway.
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Thanks for disabusing me of my perception of equivalence. I like my water with gas in restaurants.
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I hope your dining companions are the forgiving type...
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I haven't had a soda (around here it's called "pop") in years. The sugared stuff is too sweet and the diet stuff tastes like chemicals to me. I really don't miss it at all. I drink water all the time and we make brewed iced tea, which I drink plain or with Splenda. I used to avoid all the sugar substitutes but I found Splenda to be acceptable.

Good luck in breaking the habit. I know some people have a tough time giving it up.
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I just read another article that might dissuade you from soda... I had no idea about this.
(And again, am glad I don't do soda or gatorade.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/bu...-oil.html?_r=0
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I just read another article that might dissuade you from soda... I had no idea about this.
(And again, am glad I don't do soda or gatorade.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/bu...-oil.html?_r=0
Oh boy, I like gatorade.
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Uh, guys? Soda, sparkling water. You do know that the acid in question is carbonic acid, i.e., the sparkling part?
I always assumed it was the phosphoric acid in cola. Do you perhaps have a link to show that carbonic acid is harmful?

I presonally doubt that it is, but I have never investigated it.

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I keep bottles and cans of carbonated mineral water around for when I crave a soda - the grapefruit flavor (no sugar or artificial sweetener - just a bit of flavor essence) is my favorite but I also get lemon and lime for a change.
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