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  • ElsieB Mar 14, 2014 09:42 AM
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By soda, I mean all the popular colas and other sugary, carbonated drinks. I don't see it any more at peoples houses, or in their fridges and we haven't been drinking soda for 10 years or more. Not a judgmental thing, just lost interest. The popularity is still obvious, tho, in the grocery store carts.

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  1. I rarely drink soda and when I do it's Coke. But very rare. In fact I only drink it when I'm ill or when I indulge in an occasional burger and fries.

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    1. re: SilverMoth

      The only folks in my social circle that I see drinking sodas are teens. However the gals at office go thru gallons of diet coke and coke zero. It's insane.

      1. re: foodieX2

        That's insane. I once worked with this lady who'd have 2 or 3 glasses of diet Coke during lunch, and then she'd ask to have one to go. Ugh.

        1. re: SilverMoth

          how is this any different from consuming a couple of cups of coffee, with cream and sugar?

          1. re: KarenDW

            Hmm, let me try this one.

            Coffee can be taken hot, but soda not so much?

            1. re: KarenDW

              Since I don't drink coffee, I'm not sure how the caffein and sugar (optional) contents of coffee compare to soda. But I'm assuming the side effects of soda are worse than coffee?

              1. re: SilverMoth

                What do you mean "side effects?" There are no more "side effects" to drinking a moderate amount of soda than there are eating a cookie or a slice of toast or an apple.

                A medium cup of coffee has around 260 mg of caffeine.

                A can of Coke has about 95 mg.

                A shot of espresso has about 90 mg.

                1. re: nothingswrong

                  Thank you

                  1. re: nothingswrong

                    Hm. Didn't realize 2-4 medium size cups of soda every day was considered moderate.

                    1. re: SilverMoth

                      I wasn't implying 2-4 cups of soda is moderate.

                      Supposedly, 12 oz of Coke is "one serving" (according to the manufacturer). One can of Coke is 8 oz.

                      I only know this all from a calorie counting app I use to monitor my calories and nutrition.

                      Anyway, people described in this thread who consume soda like it's water (my mother included--she drinks a whopping 100+ fl oz of Diet Coke daily--for the last 25 years) are not consuming it in a manner I'd consider "moderate" or healthy.

                      There are studies linking Diet sodas to weight gain. And bloat.

                      My mother recently went off soda for the first time ever and immediately lost 20+ pounds of bloat from her midsection. She started drinking it again and immediately gained the weight back.

                      I think like everything else with sugar, soda is best in moderation, but that's just my opinion. There's nothing wrong with having soda on occasion, or white sugar, white flour, carbs, etc. assuming you don't also have some other health issue that will complicate things.

                      I'm also of the opinion that occasionally consuming things with artificial ingredients is not going to hurt you, though I'm sure some would argue with that.

                      As to the caffeine, CAFFEINE in itself is not at all "bad" for the body or brain, and in fact has been shown to aid in memory and concentration, and I recall reading a recent article studying the positive effects of caffeine consumption in elderly patients with varying forms of dementia.

                    2. re: nothingswrong

                      Thanks for that info on caffeine. Never realized how much caffeine was in a cup of coffee.

                      1. re: SilverMoth

                        I know! I've been drinking espresso in the mornings since I was a teenager, and my friends have always commented that I must really need the caffeine.

                        I always felt it made me less jittery than normal brewed coffee, but it wasn't until I was 19 and working as a barista that I learned how little caffeine a shot of espresso has compared to a cup of coffee.

                        Espresso is also easier on digestion and the stomach as a result of how it's brewed, and shouldn't cause as much trouble in people who are sensitive to coffee or have GERD (acid reflux). It also tastes infinitely better, IMHO.

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          Wow I'm glad my morning drink involves coffee and espresso, 2 shots in a medium coffee.

                      2. re: nothingswrong

                        I think some of the other concerns about pop are the phosphoric acid, the caramel color, and the high sugar content (and some are concerned that this is HFCS).

                        1. re: sandylc

                          I agree.

                  2. re: SilverMoth

                    Why ugh? Was it against the rules for her to be thirsty at lunchtime? Why were you monitoring her intake?

                    1. re: MamasCooking

                      Because that much soda isn't good for you. Not monitoring, just observing. Even she admitted it was a bad habit.

                      1. re: SilverMoth

                        "That much soda isn't good for you"

                        My mother used to say that.

                        Implies that you have data to back that up. She didn't.

                        1. re: sal_acid

                          Just listening to BBC World this evening ( it's 22:45 here ), with a program on fructose, sucrose, and HFCS. Fortunately I was enjoying a Nepresso decafe, and not something from the soda stream flavours in the fridge.

                          The consensus amongst the physicians and dieticians interviewed is that despite the differences on how each sugar or sweetener works on the body, it is the large, increased amount or volume of consumption by both the young and adults that is of concern.

                          Soft drinks it was stated play the major part of that increase. Store marketed smoothies were uniquely targeted as having 10 times the normal amount of sucrose to make them attractive to the consumer, from those made at home using fresh fruit.

                          So in all fairness, perhaps your Mom was remarkably prescient.

                          1. re: sal_acid

                            Actually, I'd be more interested in data that doesn't back that up. I'm willing to be open minded. I agree with Swissaire, your mom was very prescient.

                      2. re: SilverMoth

                        what is ugh about that? sincerely interested

                  3. I never was a cola drinker, BUT Canada Dry Ginger Ale is served at our dinner table every night

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                    1. re: bagelman01

                      I LOVE Canada Dry Ginger Ale! No other brand will do. And I often drink it with dinner. In fact, it's often my beverage of choice with Asian food.

                      1. re: CindyJ

                        ..............and then there's Vernor's

                        1. re: iL Divo

                          From time to time I'd seen Vernor's mentioned here on CH. It's not a brand you see a lot, but when I spotted it (maybe at The Fresh Market?) I grabbed some. It didn't do it for me the way Canada Dry does. Guess I'm just a creature of habit. :)

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            oh Cindy don't think for a minute that I don't adore Canada Dry GA, I doooo

                            1. re: iL Divo

                              *CHUCKLE* I wasn't taking your remark personally, iL Divo.

                              1. re: CindyJ

                                you know what? a few years ago I'd been drinking maybe 1 Canada Dry GA a month, if that. it didn't do much for me, but I swear, ok, I really don't swear but...to me they changed the recipe for it and it was much more gingery than previously. No or Yes?

                                1. re: iL Divo

                                  Gee... I don't know if they changed the recipe. I've always liked ginger ale but it seems like over the past few years I've discovered a real preference for Canada Dry AND discovered I really like it.

                        2. re: CindyJ

                          Saranac Ginger Beer is worth trying too. Spicy. But my favorite is Bruce Cost, despite the expense. Neither of these is really a mainstream soda, still they're my personal faves. Even these are just a once in a while indulgence for me.

                          1. re: CindyJ

                            A quick note to those who love Coke but avoid HFCS:
                            They make a version of Coke with real sugar for a short period around Passover time, which is coming up in April. You can usually tell the Passover Coke because the cap on the 2ltr bottle is yellow instead of red.

                            I wish Coke would switch back to real sugar like Sierra Mist did, but barring that I try to stock up on the Passover edition when it's around. For the rest of the year it's MexiCoke for me.

                            I'm in the camp with those who drink soda only once in a while as a treat. But I sure enjoy it when I do indulge.

                        3. We buy root beer and ginger ale, just to have it around for when it sounds good, or to soothe an upset stomach.

                          Sometimes an icy root beer or a Coke totally hits the spot, but now I look at sodas as a treat, or something to have instead of a dessert, rather than something you drink with a meal instead of water.

                          And since my wife and I don't drink, we enjoy sampling newer, lesser-known/"microbrewed" or retro sodas whenever we can find them.

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                          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                            "I look at sodas as a treat, or something to have instead of a dessert, rather than something you drink with a meal instead of water."

                            +1 (+2 if I count my DH) - sodas are a treat, not a beverage. We buy the real stuff rather than diet.

                            1. re: truman

                              Diet is the worst. To me, they taste awful, and the toxic artificial sweeteners give me horrible headaches. I'd much rather drink real soda with cane sugar if I can find it (and sometimes even HFCS), enjoy it more, and just have less of it.

                              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                Agree with all of this.

                                I love Coke, especially the Mexican Coke with real sugar, and I drink a little each day as a treat in the afternoon. Not to hydrate, or with a meal, but as its own "snack."

                                I love the taste of Coke and it just hits the spot. I drink less than the equivalent of one can, usually much less.

                                My mother drinks Diet Coke as a water substitute, and has been for over 25 years. I kept tabs on the quantity on a random day several years ago, and she drank two 2-liter bottles plus one 20 oz. bottle for the day.

                                That's roughly 155 fl oz. of DC in a day. Holy ****.

                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                  that must of have been one helluva humid day

                                  1. re: majordanby

                                    In reply to nothingswrong
                                    I grew up in Coca-Cola Country. Until (32) today I have an aunt so dedicated to Pepsi she drives her 12 cans a day to Coca-Cola Country. I probably drink a soda of any sort twice a month. Sweet tea even less, it's all to sweet unless I want that. My husband drinks about 10 oz. of orange soda a day with lunch.

                                    1. re: holypeaches

                                      That's funny. My mother is a Diet Coke fanatic, and Diet Pepsi just won't do. I can't tell you how many times we've been in restaurants/movie theaters/etc. that only served Pepsi products, and my mother will literally GET UP AND LEAVE to go get a DC at McDonald's or 7-11, then smuggle it back into the restaurant in her coat.

                                      Conversely, her brother (my uncle) is a die hard Diet Pepsi guy, and he'll do the same when they only serve Coke. Family gatherings require cases of Diet Cokes and Diet Pepsis for each of them.

                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                        Diet Pepsi tastes like diet ass.

                                        1. re: ferret

                                          well ferret thanks for the visual

                                        2. re: nothingswrong

                                          I love your mother. Diet Pepsi is awful stuff. If a restaurant only has Pepsi products I just drink water.

                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                            It's interesting that the Diet products evoke such strong reactions! I always buy Coke over Pepsi for the house, just because (honestly) I like the classic red cans, and maybe Coke seems sliiiightly more carbonated. They definitely taste different, but IMO one's not better than the other.

                                            But if I'm out, I'll totally take a Pepsi, no problem. And sometimes when I'm feeling wild, I'll stop and get a Pepsi from the fountain at a gas station instead of Coke on PURPOSE just to spice things up (woohoo!).

                                            Most people I know who drink regular soda don't mind alternating between Coke or Pepsi, though I've never met a Diet drinker who wasn't heavily into one over the other.

                                            Never had Diet Pepsi, so can't comment on that. I do think Diet Coke tastes horrid though, so I'll take a cue from these comments and never bother to try DP.

                                          2. re: nothingswrong

                                            I so totally understand. I agree with your Mother.

                                      2. re: nothingswrong

                                        Is your mother a middle school chorus teacher?

                                        My teacher(years ago) always told us that she was addicted to diet coke and drank enough to where she had esophageal/stomach problems.

                                        1. re: Fromageball

                                          She's a surgeon. It's her only source of caffeine, so people just let it go. She's in her 60s now and still gets up at 5 AM every morning, stops for a super sized Diet Coke at McD's on her way in, and continues drinking it all day til she gets home at 6 PM. God bless her.

                                          But yes, her stomach is really jacked up. Maybe from the DC, maybe not, I guess there's no real way of knowing. She has multiple ulcers, gastritis, damage to the esophagus, and a steady stream of blood in her stool (sorry if TMI, but hey). My father's always thought it was the DC to blame, and her docs suggested limiting her intake, but I guess the soda's got a hold on her!

                                  2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                    good point about upset tummies. I do buy ginger ale when one of comes down with the stomach flu, but only Shweppes! Thankfully have not had to buy any in quite some time!

                                  3. My DH drinks Coke Zero or Diet Mountain Dew occasionally, but NEVER a full-sugar soda. I've never really cared for soda of any kind, especially cola-flavored (it is totally gag-reflex inducing for me). About once a year I get a taste for a root beer or ginger beer - and when I do, I drink diet. We do like bubbles, though, so we drink a LOT of seltzer!

                                    1. growing up, the only time my parents had soda in the house was for parties. but, i never liked soda -- still don't!.

                                      in fact, when i went to birthday parties as a kid, if there was only soda (no hawaiian punch or high c), i would ask for a glass of milk.

                                      1. I drink only diet soda which includes Diet Coke, Diet Root Beer, Diet Ginger Ale. My coworkers ingest a lot of regular soda so I guess someone is still drinking it. It's not the soda I like it's the carbonation. I also drink seltzer water, the soda offers some variation on the theme.

                                        1. I only drink diet, but even at that, my consumption has decreased.
                                          I have to say, there is something about soda flavors that is thirst quenching like nothing else.
                                          I also bought a Soda Stream a few years ago, so I get my carbonation from that mostly.

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                                          1. re: monavano

                                            I agree, I should have mentioned that I used to drink a lot more diet soda (college) than I do now.

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              DH would drink Diet Coke all day long, but I've got him to cut back quite a bit.
                                              He's hooked on Crystal Light now ;(

                                          2. I rarely drink pop (as it's referred to in Canada) and haven't really ever been a pop purchaser. We do have it in the house for guests and I will get a craving once every two months for one and when I do, I seem to drink it about 10 minutes so it must be a sugar craving thing.

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                                            1. re: fryerlover

                                              +1 for pop! (I grew up in WA state)

                                              I keep mini cans of Coke in the fridge. I probably drink 1 or 2 per month.

                                            2. i drink a can of diet coke or two per day. DH likes Coke Zero on the weekends, and we have a box of Sprite Zero as well. During the holidays I purchased as many boxes of Cranberry flavored diet sierra mist as I could because I love mixing it with vodka. I just drank the last of it Monday.

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                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                The Diet Cranberry Ginger ale is also very tasty

                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                  I have some of the cranberry ginger ale, and I just don't like it as well. I like the stronger cranberry flavor of the sierra mist.

                                              2. I go through caffeinated, non-diet sodas the way that hardcore coffee drinkers go through coffee to get through the day.

                                                1. About the only time I drink 'em is when shopping at my local Indian market--I'll usually snag a cream soda or a ginger beer, or at World Market when I'll get some retro soda or a Coco Fizz. I'll occasionally order a Coke when dining out for lunch, too.

                                                  1. We drink lightly flavored seltzers, and keep some Canada Dry Ginger Ale on hand for the occasional upset stomach.(OK, with popcorn sometimes!)

                                                    I also see gallons of soda pop in the shopping carts in the supermarket...scary!

                                                    1. I generally only drink regular soda if it is on ice and there is whiskey in it. Beyond that it is a diet soda on a rare occasion.

                                                      1. The only time we drink soda is when we are eating pizza which is pretty rare. We just can't eat pizza without soda..usually coke zero if available. I did throw out leftover soda from 2 lt bottle last night when my husband wasn't looking. hopefully he doesn't find out.

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                                                        1. re: Monica

                                                          Eating pizza without root beer always feels so wrong. I get where you're coming from.

                                                        2. I drink sodas, but nothing with high fructose corn syrup and nothing diet, don't like artificial sweeteners. I really like the San Pelligrino sodas and natural ginger ales. At work though, diet coke/pepsi is very popular among others.

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                                                          1. re: WhatsEatingYou

                                                            Whether it's HFCS, sugar or agave, the pain that one feels in his/her teeth doesn't discriminate.

                                                          2. Me. I usually have some combination of the following at home (all diet):

                                                            Dr Pepper
                                                            Fresca
                                                            Cola
                                                            Ginger Ale
                                                            Sprite

                                                            1. I will ever so often for things.

                                                              I still enjoy a rum a coke - It needs to be Coca Cola not Pepsi

                                                              I just had a craving for a Root Beer Float the other day.

                                                              Sometimes I have a craving for a coke and I drink it and it gets me for a second because I don't drink it often. It has a tang to it I'm not used to.

                                                              1. Drink it all the time. Diet coke.

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                                                                1. re: sal_acid

                                                                  Diet Coke is the elixir of the Gods. On Mt. Olympus they had nectar, ambrosia & Diet Coke.

                                                                2. I drank a lot of soda back in college days and stuff never really thought much about it.

                                                                  Now it's an occasional treat - I try to avoid the HFCS stuff and buy the Mexican apple soda or Mexican Coke when I do buy it at all.

                                                                  A coke can still be a magic elixir of sorts though when sick or hung over.

                                                                  I also like ginger ale but have hard time finding quality varieties.

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                                                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                    I LOVE that apple soda..Manzanita Sol! It's hard to find where I live; my daughter shipped some to me from Arizona.

                                                                  2. I keep it on hand for guests but rarely drink it. Soda was regulated growing up and juice was encouraged, which I still prefer. I also make fresh lemonade, fresh iced tea and iced coffee year round. Plain seltzer with lemon is also preferred.
                                                                    CP

                                                                    1. Whether sweetened or diet, zero.

                                                                      1. Every hour on the hour.

                                                                        It's like oxygen for me.

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                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                          It's like propane for me. But if you ever pass through I'll have a few hours' worth for you.

                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                            I'm house-trained.

                                                                            I bring my own.

                                                                          2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                            I'm with you, ipse. I've got to have a tall iced cola with my pepperoni pizza!

                                                                            I prefer Pepsi Throwback (no HFCS), IBC Root Beer (no caffeine), and I make my own ginger syrup because I consider commercial ginger ales to be too sweet and lacking in ginger kick.

                                                                            I can't stand diet sodas and consider all sugar substitutes poisonous. I don't force the issue with others, though, and keep a small supply of diet Coke for family who visit.

                                                                            1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                              mcsh can you give a recipe for ginger syrup please? I am so frequently disappointed in mainstream.
                                                                              ipse as I wrote above I do have a relative bringing Pepsi into Coca-Cola Country. Four more think sweet tea is exclusive to the south.

                                                                              1. re: holypeaches

                                                                                First, make a 1:1 simple syrup. I give measurements for a small quantity here, 'cause it's just me using it. It can easily be doubled or tripled as needed.

                                                                                Simple Syrup
                                                                                1 cup sugar
                                                                                1 cup water
                                                                                Combine sugar and water in small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring once or twice, until sugar dissolves. (about 10 minutes total). Store in refrigerator.
                                                                                Yield: 1 cup

                                                                                Ginger Syrup
                                                                                1 cup sugar syrup
                                                                                1 hand of ginger, sliced (you can peel it or not)

                                                                                Combine the syrup and the ginger in a small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until the ginger is tender and the volume has decreased by about half. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a Mason jar (or you can place a coffee filter halfway into the top of the mason jar and pour the syrup slowly through the coffee filter). Store in refrigerator.

                                                                                For ginger ale, Pour 3 tablespoons over ice in a tall glass, fill with really cold seltzer, and enjoy.

                                                                                I find it has other uses, too. You can add it to Peach iced tea, add it sparingly to Asian food that would include both ginger and some sweet component; it's a versatile ingredient, so I always keep some on hand.

                                                                          3. My SO keeps a case of "Mountain Dew Throwback" in the pantry.

                                                                            He doesn't drink coffee, so this is his late afternoon, "keep me awake through that meeting" potion. Used ~3X per week.

                                                                            Otherwise we drink water or wine.

                                                                            1. Oddly, a lot of people mention drinking diet soda...that was when I *quit* drinking soda, for the most part.

                                                                              I'd (kinda) gotten used to diet soda with saccharine, but aspartame came to town, and after a half can of Diet Coke, I had something approaching a migraine. Tried again; same results.

                                                                              Hi. I'm Anna. I'm a phenylketonuric. ANYTHING with aspartame gives me a migrainish headache. (Which really pissed me off when I found out that even "regular" sugared gum now features aspartame as an additional sweetener. (Also, aspartame appears to not be the best thing to put in your body...Google it...)

                                                                              So (harrumph), back to the subject at hand...I'll still have an occasional soda *with sugar*. (Jarritos or Mexican Coke and tacos...nom nom!) And GOD how I wish someone would replicate the original A&W root beer and Vernor's Ginger Ale, without the HFCS. But especially the A&W. I'd pay double.

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                                                                              1. re: annagranfors

                                                                                ITA about original Vernor's. It would really benefit from being sugar-sweetened instead of HFCS.

                                                                                1. re: annagranfors

                                                                                  me too but the original Vernor's would make my heart sing ....ahhhhh

                                                                                2. One can of coke per day for the caffeine. I actually hate carbonated beverages and find it too sweet, but I can't seem to stop drinking it.

                                                                                  1. One small bottle of mexican coke in glass with sugar not hfcs, in the morning. Reeds Extra Ginger Brew mixed half and half with pomegranate juice.

                                                                                    1. I am surprised by the answers here that say they drink diet, with the tone that this is better than drinking the sugar versions.

                                                                                      Aren't they both evil in their own way?

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                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                        Yes!!!! DRINK SELTZER!

                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                          Everything is relative

                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                            Evil? How?

                                                                                            The shooter at the Aurora, Colorado theater is evil.

                                                                                            Soda -- diet, regular, whatever -- is not. At least not the kind I know of.

                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                              Everyone has their own priorities and choices...

                                                                                              For some people sugar is better than fake sweetners, for others zero calories are more important, and yet others seem to really just need a nap yet settle for a sugar caffinee kick.

                                                                                              Evil? Probably not.
                                                                                              Will soda or diet soda ever make you live longer? Doubtful.

                                                                                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                If soda (or any other beverage or comestible) makes you happy, or psychically more content, then I would beg to argue that it will make you live longer, if not also happier.

                                                                                              2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                I drink diet and fully acknowledge that it's total crap. But I like it.

                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                  Gimme five, sister!

                                                                                              3. It's been about 25 years for me since I drank sugary or diet sodas regularly. I prefer seltzer. When I want a treat out (at a movie theatre or place that offers the ability to mix carbonated beverages), I might ask for something 90-95% carbonated water, and 5-10% something else (root beer, cherry cola, lemonade, et cet.). It's shocking how little you need.

                                                                                                1. I stopped drinking soda about 10 yrs ago too... It wasn't that I lost interest, I just didn't want the sugar / chemicals. At this point, I have lost interest.

                                                                                                  1. I drink Diet Sunkist, Diet Barqs Root Beer and Diet Pepsi Cherry.

                                                                                                    I have been working on converting to other things, and do some Sparkling ICE and also Crystal Light. Are these really any better, tho?

                                                                                                    I know...I know...there are lots of healthier options, but I do enjoy these.

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                                                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                      Where do you find the Diet Barq's Root Beer? I love the stuff but can never find it unless I go to a restaurant with a Coke Freestyle machine.

                                                                                                      1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                        I buy it at Wegmans and Safeway

                                                                                                        1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                          Barqs and Diet Barqs are Coca Cola products. In Chicago they are available in 2 liter bottles and 12-packs of cans in the supermarket.

                                                                                                          1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                            I buy the two liter bottles and cans in my local Stop & Shop. I can also buy 20 ounce bottles in every convenience store around.

                                                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                              Dang none of these stores are here in NC. They have regular Barq's at the stores but no diet. The only diet root beer I can get is A&W and it just isn't the same.

                                                                                                              1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                I agree, A&W does not cut it! Do you have Harris Teeter?

                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                  A&W definitely doesn't cut it. I will drink store brand diet root beer when I am really craving it but no A&W for this NOLA girl. I grew up on Barq's root beer so I gotta have my Barq's! There is a Harris Teeter about 20 minutes away but I have never seen it there and since I don't shop there enough I don't want to make a special request.

                                                                                                                  1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                    I think I've bought it at HT, weird, perhaps it's not distributed there. I can't find Herr's potato chips to save my life.

                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                      they sell herr's at Duane reade in NYC - big drugstore chain now owned by Walgreens. Maybe at Walgreens proper?

                                                                                                                    2. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                      Did you ever try Big Shot Root Beer? It's my favorite in the entire world, but it's only available in NOLA. You can't even order it online.

                                                                                                                      Barq's did taste better out of glass bottles in NOLA than the mass-produced silver-can stuff, I thought.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                                                                        I don't remember if I ever had Big Shot root beer but I definitely grew up on Big Shot strawberry and pineapple too. I remember when they use to sell the 2 liter bottles for 25 cents a piece. I saw Big Shot in the grocery stores on my last trip to NOLA but didn't see any of it diet so I couldn't partake. My siblings had some of the Big Shot fruit punch though.

                                                                                                                        I thought I had seen them online to be purchased before but way too expensive.

                                                                                                            2. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                              chocolate cherry diet Dr. Pepper is wonderful and there's an odd brand that's called chocolate fudge. I haven't seen it in a year though. I bought 4 six pks but will admit it did get a bit sweet&found myself wanting seltzer.

                                                                                                            3. I dont drink soda..But my mom drinks Mexican coke and fever tree gingerale and rootbeer... My sister self medicates with Mt.Dew( the caffine seems to help her concentrate and calm down) I do drink Italian Soda on occasion..

                                                                                                              1. Nope! Never had it in the house growing up. My mom let us order it when we went out to dinner, but then as I got older, I started ordering water in resturants. Now in my own home I don't buy it either. I can't stand it really:)

                                                                                                                1. I (finally!!) after 10? years of 2 20oz bottles a day of diet coke kicked it nearly 6 yrs ago now. Can't stand the taste of it now.
                                                                                                                  I have sparkling water at restaurants but that's it anymore.

                                                                                                                  1. All day, every day (Diet Coke).

                                                                                                                    1. Only as a very infrequent treat. I love the fizziness of cola. I think it is fun.

                                                                                                                      1. How I survive 230PM equals a chilled coke zero. It's either work stuff going crazy, or at home with a toddler who Needs a nap but doesn't want one. I need a boost. Or a Reed's extra ginger brew with a bit of augmentation for later. ..

                                                                                                                        1. I used to drink soda like water, up until last summer when I started having kidney issues and had to begin drinking water like crazy. Now if I have a 16 oz bottle of soda, it takes me 2-3 days to drink it because it's so sweet to me after having to back off of it.

                                                                                                                          That said, my fiance still drinks soda on a regular so we keep some in the house for him (Pepsi, root beer, sprite). Ginger ale is my favorite so I will keep a few bottles around but they've been here since January. I also like seltzer water/club soda.

                                                                                                                          Can anyone send me some Red Rock Ginger Ale? I'll pay!! (lol)

                                                                                                                          1. up until 2 months ago i drank 2-4 diet cokes a day for at least the past 15 years. i went cold turkey, just wanted to stop. now i drink water or sparkling water as a beverage. i don't drink coffee, never liked it. i drink tea rarely. wine & booze yes, too, of course.

                                                                                                                            1. Like many others, it's an occasional treat for me now (maybe 6x/year) and it's always Coke. My closest friend drinks about 5 Coke Zeros a day, however. When she visits, I know to always have it on had, especially for when she wakes first thing in the morning.

                                                                                                                              I was never as big a soda drinker as my sister and father, who both drank about 5/day for many years. Both have also given it up in the past 5 years or so due to diet concerns. For every aging overweight middle age person however, there is an incoming teen to pick up the slack. Teens have many more options than we ever had, though I think a lot of those 'Alt' beverages are owned by the big corporations anyway, so the profit ends up in the same place.

                                                                                                                              1. I drink Diet Pepsi or root beer, these are usually purchased at the checkout of Target or some other box store, and I enjoy it on the drive home. My usual beverage at home is iced tea.

                                                                                                                                1. I do. All the time (though less than I used to). I drink diet because I don't like to drink my calories unless I'm having an alcoholic beverage or on the rare occasion I throw a little cream in my coffee instead of drinking it black.

                                                                                                                                  However, I don't buy 12 or 24 packs anymore because I got a soda stream for Christmas and love it and generally buy my syrups online instead of the store. I also think it helped me cut down on my pop drinking. I used to have at least two cans at work and then another 2-3 cans at night. Now, I generally have one can at work with my lunch (Diet Mountain Dew or Coke Zero) and I'll have a glass with dinner.

                                                                                                                                  ETA: However, it may also be an issue of cost for some people. The price of pop here has increased dramatically in the last few years. I used to be able to get a 24 pack of Diet Mountain Dew for $8.99 usually and all of the stores around here routinely had 12 packs on special 4/$12. Then it became 3/$12 and the manufacturers were making 20 (not 24) packs and those were selling for $8.99 instead. The last time I went into the store, the 12 pack special was 3/$15 and 24 packs were $11.99 (some brands were $12.99).

                                                                                                                                  1. I like the occasional vanilla coke, cream soda, root beer or Italian soda. I don't drink diet. I grew up with my mom living on diet coke. Artificial sweeter is evil and tastes horrible IMO.

                                                                                                                                    1. I could count on one hand how many sodas I drink per year. To me it's just a waste of calorie intake and I feel full after having one. Whenever we go out for lunch at the office it's always water for me. When I do have a soda craving I fill the glass up with ice. Usually a Jarritos (way too much sugar in it), San Pellegrino and an occasional Coke.

                                                                                                                                      1. Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper - one or two a day, and down from four or five for years. I don't drink the diet for health reasons - we had it in the house growing up because my mother is diabetic, and I never developed a taste for the real stuff - too sweet. Gave up coffee years ago because I was sick of it, so this is my daily caffeine.

                                                                                                                                        1. I lived on Coke when I was a kid and still drink it sometimes in the summer - and don't try to poison me with Pepsi! Mostly we drink sodas as mixers with booze - I'm kind of addicted to Fenteman's Rose Lemonade, which I drink with gin.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                            Perhaps it's the gin to which you are addicted. ;)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                              To intoxicating beverages maybe, but definitely not to gin. If that were true I'd like martinis. I just like gin with rose lemonade.

                                                                                                                                          2. only on the following occasions:

                                                                                                                                            -i eat a burrito
                                                                                                                                            -i eat a pizza
                                                                                                                                            -i eat a burger
                                                                                                                                            -i need to be really awake for something

                                                                                                                                            i rarely eat burgers and i get enough sleep, so it's really options 1 and 2. for every 10 burritos, i'll have a coke for perhaps 5 of them. For every 10 times i eat pizza, i'll have a coke for likely one of them.

                                                                                                                                            1. What I really want to find is diet grape soda. Anybody know of any?

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&a...

                                                                                                                                                maybe scroll down until you see a brand you like -it's Shasta for me regarding diet grape

                                                                                                                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                  ...........& @ this very moment

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                2. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                  Polar

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                    If you want a good diet soda that doesn't have artificial sweeteners, Zevia has lots of flavors. The root beer and cream soda is very good. Grandkids like grape.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: daydreamer1836

                                                                                                                                                      Those Zevia flavors look good. Now to figure out where to buy!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                        I have purchased Zevia from Whole Foods. I am not a big fan of them since it left a weird after taste in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                          I gave my husband the cherry cola Zevia yesterday in his lunch for work-he said no thank you ever again it's blech-so I took one on a drive and didn't get what he meant at all-but then I can't taste a thing right now so that explains it.
                                                                                                                                                          plus upthread I just mentioned right this second I'm drinking....

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                            I have drank it before and I just can't explain the weird after taste it left in my mouth. I had 3 different flavors and just gave up.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                              A lot of people feel stevia has an nasty aftertaste. Lots of discussion of it here on CH over the years.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                Yea, definitely something going on there with the aftertaste.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                  Agreed, among the sugar substitutes I like Stevia the least. sucralose & aspartame are less offensive to my taste buds.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: daydreamer1836

                                                                                                                                                          I am an aspartame addict. I will drink multiple Coke Zeros, Diet Pepsis, Diet Dr. Peppers, Diet Root Beers, Diet Ginger Ales, if they are handy. I know it's not good for me, so I don't keep them in my home. My husband stocks our fridge with Zevia. I didn't like any of them at first, but some flavors have grown on me (others not whatsoever). I now enjoy the Cola, Caffeine Free cola, Lime Cola, Dr. Zevia (Dr. Pepper clone) and Ginger Root Beer. The Ginger Ale is okay, but not spectacular. He also likes the Lemon-Lime and Grapefruit Citrus flavors.

                                                                                                                                                          We also have cans of Izze (Apple, Pink Grapefruit, Blackberry, Tangerine) on hand. They contain natural sugars and the calories add up quickly, but their small size allows me to down one can and not do too much harm. The challenge is sticking to one a day.

                                                                                                                                                          I think the Zevia comes right from the company website. We get them delivered.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                                            The great thing about Izze is that they all make great cocktails. The tangerine and grapefruit are sublime with gin. All are great with vodka. I tend to mix 1 part alcohol, 1 part Izze and 1 part plain soda water. In the summer (ah summer - remember that season?) these are great drinks.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Sometimes I buy a juice based blood orange soda. I will sometimes have a root beer or Coke out.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Store purchased soda beverages = None.

                                                                                                                                                          Home-made via Soda stream = Yes.

                                                                                                                                                          For many years now.

                                                                                                                                                          1. very, very occasionally i'll crave a coke. typically at the movies, i'll get a sprite, because my husband likes that and we can share the humongo drink. if i'm wanting something fizzy and non-alcoholic in a restaurant, i'll probably order a ginger ale (which i'm told is not ginger ale by folks here on these boards).

                                                                                                                                                            i don't drink diet sodas at all.

                                                                                                                                                            at mickey d's nowadays, my beverage is unsweet iced tea. and when nice weather comes (and even sometimes before), i get the tea to have in the car as i run errands around town.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Honest to God, people are so weird about this topic! I rarely drink soda, actually very rarely. But I prefer diet. I don't have whatever that taste or attirude thing is that makes me demand sugar or HFCS in my soda. Hell, I even liked Tab. I don't like the way my mouth feels after drinking a nondiet soda, and have come to be grossed out by the stickiness. I sometimes feel like the sugar free soda bias is a snobbery thing, So there.
                                                                                                                                                              "Poison sugar substitutes"? Good grief.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                Artificial sweeteners give a lot of people headaches (including me), so to us, they are poison. Plus, they taste awful to me. I'll take sugar or even HFCS over diet every time so I don't feel like dying for the rest of the day.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                                                                                                                  By that logic peanuts or shellfish are poison because some people are allergic to them.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                  Regrettable how virtually every CH General Topics thread turns into an exercise in admonitory health nannyism.

                                                                                                                                                                  Soda pop is bad for you. We get it already. But that's not the point of the thread.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                    So true, and quite frustrating.

                                                                                                                                                                3. If it's a flavor I haven't tried, I'll buy a bottle/can and have a few sips. Otherwise, I don't drink soda.

                                                                                                                                                                  Then again, my usual breakfast is a big bowl of cereal. The amount of sugar in my bowl - probably 3-4x the serving size - is the same or more than a can of soda.

                                                                                                                                                                  So then, if a Coke had a bunch of thiamine, it's not too far off...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. TaB, baby. Coooooool.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                                                      These days Tab is really hard to find. You have to become a Tab Hunter, so to speak.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                        In the Twin Cities it is pretty easy to find. For a while it was 'retro,' but it seems there is a burgeoning market for old time-y drinks.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                                                        I lived on Tab in college. Brings back memories!

                                                                                                                                                                      3. not as much as before. definitely got cut down by 90% in our household. everybody in my family has diabetes so it seemed like the logical candidate to be cut off. we're working on eliminating it completely.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Diet Pepsi, though I've cut down from a two liter per day to about half that. Throwback Pepsi when available and vernors ginger ale too

                                                                                                                                                                          1. If there were no health consequences I'd drink a six pack of regular Pepsi a day while chain smoking Marlboros but sadly I'm diabetic and mostly drink water or Crystal Light but on occasion I do have a diet soda. I dont like the after-taste of diet cola but diet 7 Up and Polar Orange Dry are good. I tried one of the new 10 calorie sodas (Sunkist orange) and it was excellent. They also make 10 calorie A&W root beer, 7 Up, Canada Dry Ginger Ale & Doctor Pepper but my regular supermarkets don't carry it.I just emailed their website looking for stores that carry them.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: zackly

                                                                                                                                                                              I hope you find a place to get your 10 calorie drinks.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. No. Coffee, water, and booze.

                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe once or twice a year I'll have have a soda if it naturalist and has real sugar. Occasionally I'll have a ginger ale. I don't think it settles an upset stomach but it makes me feel like my mom is hovering in a nice way.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I drink Coke after long run/rides and when I've had too much scotch the night before.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Probably at least 1 12 oz can a day usually. Only diet though. But there are some days I don't drink any at all. I do prefer flavored water that has a little bit of carbonation to it most of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Primary soda I drink is seltzer...love the stuff and always have since I was a child (back during the Lincoln administration).
                                                                                                                                                                                    On the rare occasion when I want a sweet soda, I'll reach for Coke classic, a good root beer, or a good ginger ale/beer. Once in a while, I enjoy a good, classic egg cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                    But no diet soda...I think the artificial sweeteners are probably a LOT worse for you than sugar. So, since I rarely drink sweetened sodas anyway, I don't worry about the sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I drink it only on weekends, but not the HFCS stuff because I find it cloying, and not diet because I dislike the taste and am not convinced it isn't worse for you than sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mexican Coke, San Pelligrino Pompelmo or Limonata, GUS Pomegranate, Virgil's Dr. Better (Dr Pepper style sodea that tastes better than HFCS Dr. P) or Fever Tree Bitter Lemon. If you're only drinking pop occasionally, you might as well drink the good stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I must have my diet Dr. Pepper every day, at least one, usually two. Diet Pepsi will do in a pinch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lowtone9

                                                                                                                                                                                          i just quit drinking daily diet Dr. P a few months ago, after a habit going back years and years. no real reason, just did it. i thought i would miss the extra caffeine but it's been mostly manageable except for the few times i find myself getting sleepy at work (!), in which case i go get coffee. i don't know that i feel any better physically for having quit, but i burp much less now.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I LOVE diet barqs root beer. Usually have one every night. I also likeliest vanilla coke, diet cherry coke. coke zero, diet coke, sometimes diet dr pepper, never diet sprite or ginger ale. Tried the stevia soda, but didn't like it. Don't drink emulate soda- too sweet for me. I'm a runner, and not overweight. I don't drink alcohol, and eat healthy 90% of the time. I don't feel bad about drinking diet soda, what can I say, I love to belch loud at home alone

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                                                            Run your lives, children! We're all going to die!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I drink diet Ginger Ale. Oh and seltzer, does that count?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I am not supposed to have caffeine but I do splurge on a real imported coke once in awhile. Mainly we drink the San Pelligrino sodas. Out two favorites are the grapefruit and the blood orange. Lemon once in awhile, it is a bit dry but makes a good mixer and does the regular orange. I also drink Fever Tree Ginger Beer and Fever Tree Tonic. Sometimes the ginger beer makes a perfect non-alcoholic cocktail. Fever Tree is imported from England. Peter's Imports is the distributor in the US and before talking an independent store owner to stock it I was ordering it from Amazon. I had it first in England and was quite smitten. I've got to have it. other brands do not measure up.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I bring a big commuter mug of coffee and a 1 liter bottle of diet coke to work every day. What I don't finish at work, I finish at night. I supplement with Crystal Lite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I am diabetic and I don't consume any type of alcohol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Must be Diet Coke, not coke zero, not caffiene-free, not Diet Pepsi. I do like Tab and Fresca once in a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Immense amounts of Diet Coke. But I am working on dialing it back by diluting with bourbon. So far, so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I do. Too much, actually. We don't have it stocked in the house but I definitely drink a lot of it.