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If you HAD to drink a soda...

post #1 of 37
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which is the better option: regular soda (with high fructose corn syrup) or diet soda (aspartame)?

I am not a big soda junkie but every once and awhile I really crave one. If I can I try to go to the health food store and at least get one with real sugar, but that's not always an option. Or sometimes I'm out to eat somewhere and I'm limited in my choices. I usually try to go the club soda route there, but last week DH and I went out for wings and he had a beer and to console myself I got a root beer

So what would you choose?
post #2 of 37
ddcc to say that i would go with HFCS over the fake stuff, esp when pg. do you like 7up? its ever so slightly less bad than the others LOL
post #3 of 37
corn syrup. Although a little of either on won't be a big problem
post #4 of 37
If I am out at a resturant or somewhere else and want a pop (which is like 2x a year!!!) I usually get whatever I am wanting...to be perfectly honest. Usually some kind of spritzer like half cranberry juice half sprite or half apple juice half gingerale. I keep on hand some rw knudsen fruit spritzers (I don't really like cola sodas anyway) and will take those when we go out to picnics or parties.
post #5 of 37
duh wanted to add fake sugar messes with me so I would drink the corn syrup kind over diet any day.
post #6 of 37
I would choose regular over aspartame.

To satisfy that kind of want, I usually drink something like the Izze drinks - it's carbonated water and fruit juice, sweetened just with fruit juice. Still a bunch of calories, but no HFCS, sugar, aspartame, etc.

http://www.izze.com/
post #7 of 37
Diet soda tastes super-funky to me even under the best of circumstances,so I'd go with the HFCS and not look back.

(I'm sure I've consumed my share of HFCS this pregnancy anyway. I try to avoid it in packaged goods, but then I get a huge craving for chocolate-peanut butter ice cream...NO *not* peanut butter ice cream with chocolate in it, but chocolate ice cream with peanut butter in it, there is a difference dammit and the only stuff they sell at the natural food co-op is the peanut butter ice cream with chocolate in it so I go to the regular store...sigh.)
post #8 of 37
Same as everyone, diet makes me sick feeling after and HFCS is so much better that I'd never second guess it!
post #9 of 37
I drink Hansen's cane soda!
post #10 of 37
I was told that diet drinks and artificial sweetners like aspartame and saccharin were a no-no while pregnant. Go for regular.
post #11 of 37
I drink club soda/sparkling mineral water mixed with naked juice. Very good soda-pop flavor and feel.
post #12 of 37
NM, pps covered it
post #13 of 37
I go to Costco and buy myself a case of mexican coca colas made with cane sugar. I've only had a couple of them so far this pregnancy but I know they are on hand when I do want one.
post #14 of 37
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Originally Posted by Romana View Post
I would choose regular over aspartame.

To satisfy that kind of want, I usually drink something like the Izze drinks - it's carbonated water and fruit juice, sweetened just with fruit juice. Still a bunch of calories, but no HFCS, sugar, aspartame, etc.

http://www.izze.com/
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Originally Posted by mamakaryn08 View Post
I drink Hansen's cane soda!
Yum, on both!

I love Hansen's cherry vanilla. I think I will ask someone to bring me some. hehe

I think Jones Soda is also real sugar.

I have had some soda, but I try to avoid diet. Occasionally I do use those lemonade packets you put in water just because I get so sick of drinking water when I am at school. Sugar just doesn't dissolve and I love lemonade. I'm really not a big soda drinker so I don't think my occasional slip-up will hurt too bad. I hope! (I've been craving root beer a lot)
post #15 of 37
Right now as I type I'm drinking a Zevia Natural Diet Soda, which I bought because I wanted a soda (unusual for me). It's made with Triple carbonated water, stevia leaf and orange oil. Does not mess with blood sugar and it tastes good! They have several flavors.
post #16 of 37
Hansens Cherry Vanilla Creme

That is my ultimate soda craving, and they are "natural". But since most restaurants don't carry them, I'd go with a non-caffeinated, non-diet, like Sprite or Root Beer, or even orange soda if I were willing to brave the artificial colors.

But at a nice restaurant with a bar, I'd go for an Italian soda . . . yum.

Mmmm, and I second Izze's. Those are good! And they are just fruit juice with soda water.
post #17 of 37
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Originally Posted by ArtsyHeartsy View Post
Occasionally I do use those lemonade packets you put in water just because I get so sick of drinking water when I am at school.
See that's just it, after so much time I just get sooo very tired of water. When non-preggo I pretty much only drink water too, but I have a glass of wine or a beer probably several times a week which kind breaks up the monotony a bit.

I thought HFCS was probably the better route but was just curious what others had to say.

Up here in New England (maybe only Maine, not sure) they have these Fruit Spritzers made by Polar. It's sparkling water with fruit juice. Love them, they are affordable and you can buy them in a regular grocery store... but I think they are discontinuing them because they're down to only 1 flavor at my local store!
post #18 of 37
DDCC - Well... I know caffeine is a no-no - but right now they have Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper throwback - it's made with real sugar and not HFCS. It's out only for a limited time though.

AFM, soda tastes really odd this time around - too sweet or something - even the sip I had of DH's pepsi throwback tasted weird. But if I had to, I'd go regular soda and not diet all the way - diet is just too odd.
post #19 of 37
Oh, I forgot to add - you can also get Pepsi and Coke made with regular sugar in 2 liters around Passover - it's called kosher coke or something like that.
post #20 of 37
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Originally Posted by ProtoLawyer View Post
Diet soda tastes super-funky to me even under the best of circumstances,so I'd go with the HFCS and not look back.

(I'm sure I've consumed my share of HFCS this pregnancy anyway. I try to avoid it in packaged goods, but then I get a huge craving for chocolate-peanut butter ice cream...NO *not* peanut butter ice cream with chocolate in it, but chocolate ice cream with peanut butter in it, there is a difference dammit and the only stuff they sell at the natural food co-op is the peanut butter ice cream with chocolate in it so I go to the regular store...sigh.)
the Haagen Dazs variety doesn't have corn syrup! And it's exactly what you describe, chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls. It's soooo yummy.

I have to choose diet sometimes, though usually I go with water, because I'm allergic to corn. But when my chronic fatigue syndrome has me dragging, and I absolutely must do something outside the house, I've been indulging in a can here or there of the Pepsi or Mtn Dew Throwback. DH just got some Heritage Dr. Pepper, but I haven't tried it yet. We only got a single half-case, because I've heard it tastes like a$$. But I used to love Dr. Pepper, so I'm hoping it doesn't.
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