Soda, the evil S word

I do enjoy my soda and I know many people almost "live off of" some type of caffeine, but depending on what you are drinking is there a different limit? A preferred tolerable amount that is okay?

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Well I guess none of them are

Well I guess none of them are good for you but I can't seem to give them up completely although I have cut way way back.

There are so many things that

There are so many things that our bodies are exposed to that we can't avoid [ex: auto exhaust,fumes from cleaning products in the work environment, 2nd hand smoke etc.], it's important to eliminate those things that we know effect us adversely and we can avoid.

Soda's are loaded with either artificial sweetners or sugar, food coloring, acid and perservatives. If soda's were the only harmful thing that we had to face...well, why not risk a couple during the week.

However, the reality is that our bodies are constantly bombarded...we owe it to ourselves to start removing as many of the offenders as possible to improve our health.

I always thought it was the

I always thought it was the weird substitute in diet sodas that were linked with cancer? Like, sugar can be bad for you, high fructose corn syrup can be really bad for you,but things like aspartmane (sp?) are supposed to be the things that cause cancer and metabolic syndrome.

They just had something on

They just had something on the news recently that said 2 or more sodas with sugar can cause cancer. What I did is because I drink diet that has the bad sugar substitue in it is cut down to one or two a week. I drink water, tea, or fresh juice the rest of the time.

I never did like Coca Cola or

I never did like Coca Cola or anything similar. I do, however drink carbonated water and lemonade, neither of which have caffeine. Is the fact that they are carbonated bad for you?

I too, have given up drinking

I too, have given up drinking soda. As a matter of fact, I've stopped drinking anything with caffeine at all. Even decaffeinated drinks have a minimal amount of caffeine in them, so I don't drink any. I find that exercise gives me more of a boost than the caffeine ever did.

Green tea is a healthy drink

Green tea is a healthy drink (also, white tea is a very important antioxidative)so I recommend you increase its intake while you try to decrease caffeine. Once you get used to it, you'll see that it's not very different compared to giving up soda.

I gave up soda and started

I gave up soda and started drinking a lot of water along with tea and coffee. I know the caffeine isn't good for you but I couldn't give up caffeine altogether. I really don't miss soda either. I thought I would but after I kicked the habit I don't miss it at all.

This is a difficult question

This is a difficult question to answer. Soda, other soft drinks, caffeinated drinks are all bad for your health and it is difficult to decide on the minimal amount that is tolerable. To give an example, although a little bit exaggerated, how many cigarettes a day are tolerable? You know that cigarettes are bad for your health and the effects are cumulative. Who knows if you'll get lung cancer or not if you smoked one cigarette or two cigarettes a day? So, it is better not to smoke any at all. Even if someone said it was tolerable to drink a soda a day, people would consider it as a right to drink, not a limit to stop drinking, so you won't probably hear any recommendations from a dietitian.