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Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 12, 2012 05:52PM
I know caffeine is a diuretic, which is a strike against tea, coffee, and cola. If they don't eventually turn to H20 so it can react with minerals and other substances properly, that's a double whammy, I think. I may consider giving them up if they don't become H20, or at least start drinking much more water.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 12, 2012 05:58PM
While I am not trying to discourage the drinking of more water (I should do that myself...)...
Soda is not a "compound" requiring it to be "split" or chemically "turned into" water.. It's a mixture that is MOSTLY water.

Drinking it is still a net positive to hydration... just not as BIG a net positive because of the diuretic properties.

Now I open the floor to other folks who will talk about how bad Soda is for you... ;)



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I've heard...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 12, 2012 05:59PM
...that caffeine blocks the absorption of water.

The contention being that your body will absorb and use more water effectively without caffeine present.

But then, I heard that from the Internet, so I really don't know if it's true.

But also, I have to believe that the body can extract some H20 from just about any food or liquid that contain it.



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: March 12, 2012 05:59PM
Diet Coke, coffee, tea, etc. are ~99% water. There's no "turning into" anything. Your body has to absorb the water from these drinks like any other. The caffeine may serve as a diuretic and increase your kidneys' water output but you don't have some valve in your digestive system which takes caffeinated drinks and shunts them directly from the GI tract to the kidneys. They all take a ride through your bloodstream after they are absorbed in the GI tract.
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Re: I've heard...
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: March 12, 2012 06:00PM
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RAMd®d
...that caffeine blocks the absorption of water.

The contention being that your body will absorb and use more water effectively without caffeine present.

But then, I heard that from the Internet, so I really don't know if it's true.

But also, I have to believe that the body can extract some H20 from just about any food or liquid that contain it.

If caffeine slows/blocks absorption of water, I'd assume that caffeine drinkers have diarrhea problems as they have excessive amounts of water going straight through their GI system.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: March 12, 2012 06:01PM
Huh?

They're almost entirely water.

Do you think the water gets locked away somehow just because someone adds sugar and colors it brown?

...

As for giving up soda, that's a great idea. The flavors, colors and sweeteners aren't doing your body any favors.

But tea? I wouldn't give that up. There's a lot more good stuff associated with tea than bad.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 12, 2012 06:03PM
if i drink enough of it its the same coming out but its kinda flat.



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 12, 2012 06:03PM
Mayo Clinic on coffee:

"Researchers used to believe that caffeinated drinks had a diuretic effect. This means that you would urinate more after drinking them, which could increase your risk of becoming dehydrated. Recent research shows that this is not true and that caffeine has a diuretic effect only if you consume large amounts of it — more than 500 to 600 milligrams (the equivalent of 5 to 7 cups of coffee) a day."

[www.mayoclinic.com]


Also, under some circumstances sugars can cause issues also, especially in higher amounts:

"Osmotic diuretics
Compounds such as mannitol are filtered in the glomerulus, but cannot be reabsorbed. Their presence leads to an increase in the osmolarity of the filtrate. To maintain osmotic balance, water is retained in the urine.
Glucose, like mannitol, is a sugar that can behave as an osmotic diuretic. Unlike mannitol, glucose is commonly found in the blood. However, in certain conditions such as diabetes mellitus, the concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) exceeds the maximum reabsorption capacity of the kidney. When this happens, glucose remains in the filtrate, leading to the osmotic retention of water in the urine. Glucosuria causes a loss of hypotonic water and Na+ leading to a hypertonic state with signs of volume depletion such as: dry mucosa, hypotension, tachycardia, and decreased turgor of the skin. Use of some drugs, especially stimulants may also increase blood glucose and thus increase urination."

[en.wikipedia.org]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/12/2012 06:04PM by btfc.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 12, 2012 06:05PM
Now I open the floor to other folks who will talk about how bad Soda is for you...

I love soda.

I drink Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke, with an occasional imbibing of Sierra Mist, Diet Seven Up (No caffeine, Never had it, Never will) and Orange Crush. Oh, and if I'm being completely honest, there's IBS and Barq's root beers. And a grape soda, on occasion. And Fanta Red Creme.

But to minimize the negative effects of soda, I often cut them with a couple of healthy scoops of vanilla ice cream.

I drink a half- to one liter of water a day. Yeah, I know it should be more.



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Manlove
Date: March 12, 2012 06:05PM
I gave up smoking but you will have to prise my teacup away from my cold, dead fingers!
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 12, 2012 06:11PM
Recent research shows that this is not true and that caffeine has a diuretic effect only if you consume large amounts of it — more than 500 to 600 milligrams (the equivalent of 5 to 7 cups of coffee) a day."

Ah, good to know.

Since soda has far less caffeine than coffee, I'm OK on that front.

Remember Jolt Cola? "All the sugar and twice the caffeine of regular cola!"



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: March 12, 2012 06:23PM
I agree with the Paul F's statement about mixture vs. compund; you're getting plenty of water from soda, however, the OP also asked about mineral balance, and the soda really is screwing you there. Soda weakens your bones, if you imbibe with frequency. Tea has an opposite affect.



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: March 12, 2012 06:27PM
Quote
btfc
Mayo Clinic on coffee:

"Researchers used to believe that caffeinated drinks had a diuretic effect. This means that you would urinate more after drinking them, which could increase your risk of becoming dehydrated. Recent research shows that this is not true and that caffeine has a diuretic effect only if you consume large amounts of it — more than 500 to 600 milligrams (the equivalent of 5 to 7 cups of coffee) a day."

Now you've done it. You mean there's not actually a drawback to drinking 5-7 cups a day?

We're gonna need a bigger coffemaker
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Re: I've heard...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 12, 2012 06:28PM
I think they still make Jolt... :-)

I drink probably close to two liters of diet mt dew a day... and not nearly enough water.

Water, among it's other benefits, is a lot cheaper than diet dew. But I don't plan on giving it up...



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 12, 2012 06:44PM
Diet Mt. Dew!

That's another one, but I don't see that often, so it's a treat.



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: March 12, 2012 07:03PM
I really enjoy soda, and have found it even more enjoyable when iced down and mixed with an ounce or two of good Scotch.
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Ooh! Ooh! Francis! Francis!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 12, 2012 07:09PM
Pizza and root beer!

Yes!

Sausage, pepperoni, and black olives on a deep dish, cheese laden pizza with ice cold root beer!



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We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: March 12, 2012 08:06PM
What's the deal with the Dew? It seems like everyone who drinks it does so by the case. drink smiley



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: billb
Date: March 12, 2012 08:16PM
Mountain Dew is what Diet Coke turns into.
devil smiley


Consuming massive quantities of aspartame just has to be good for you.

Paying for 0 nutrition makes wonderful financial sense, too.
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Re: I've heard...
Posted by: Buck
Date: March 12, 2012 08:18PM
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RAMd®d
But then, I heard that from the Internet, so I really don't know if it's true.

What?!?!? I thought everything on the internet was true......
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: rz
Date: March 12, 2012 08:19PM
I don't know what I'd do if I had to give up tea. I drink it hot in the morning and iced at lunch and throughout the afternoon. Don't drink it past 6pm, or I don't sleep as well.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: March 12, 2012 08:20PM
No one mentioned the large amount of salt diet drinks have which dehydrates you and makes you want to drink more
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 12, 2012 08:52PM
Ask anyone who drinks Diet Coke and most will tell you it is seriously addicting.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 12, 2012 09:11PM
How about trying decaf tea?

On the rare occasion when I drink soda any more, I usually try to cut it with an equal part of water. I think I have only had one can so far this year (no, it was not a really big can smiling smiley ).



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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: Dennis R
Date: March 12, 2012 09:28PM
The best thing for you is to use red bull instead of water to make your coffee with.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: SteveO
Date: March 13, 2012 03:57PM
I lived off Mountain Dew in college. I quit drinking it regularly back in the early '90s. Now if I drink it, I get a stomach ache. I guess it's the caffeine. Now I just have about a cup of coffee a day (if that) and drink about 2 liters of water a day. My system is pretty happy with that.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: vision63
Date: March 13, 2012 04:16PM
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RAMd®d
Diet Mt. Dew!

That's another one, but I don't see that often, so it's a treat.

Lately I've been on a Diet Squirt binge. Though I still enjoy my Diet Sunkist Orange. I drink water when I workout because it's the easiest way to get water past my lips.
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Re: Does Diet Coke (or coffee, tea, Pepsi) ever turn to H2O in the body?
Posted by: fauch
Date: March 13, 2012 05:53PM
Apparently so or I would have turned into a mummy years ago....
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