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Mar 14, 2014 09:42 AM

Who still drinks soda?

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

                    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).

                  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: 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.

                                      1. 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.