Is diet cola a trigger of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I think I'm finally going to have to admit and accept that diet cola is a trigger for me. I have always said that I could never give up salt and diet cola... I now only use Himalayan Salt and as for cola.... Well at least soda water has bubbles Anyone else find that Cola, diet or regular, is a trigger??

Linda Nolan
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Artificial sweeteners are one of my triggers.

Madi Medrano
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I never thought of that!! I wonder if I tried one of the cola free... Where there are no artificial sweetners it would still trigger?

Linda Nolan 3 years

Linda Nolan I use an unrefined sugar in my coffee and I don't get inflamed nor do I have gallbladder aches. It's a brownish natural sugar I use.

Madi Medrano 3 years

I actually don't drink coffee anymore since I learned it was also very acidic and should be avoided but even when I did, I drank it black and no sugar, I don't use any sugar really, I don't think I have any in the house. I was just looking at the ingredients of Pepsi Free it does mention fructose, Not sure if I should try it. I know one day my craving for cola will surface again so I might just try Pepsi Free instead, thanks!

Linda Nolan 3 years

I can drink clear soda pops, it was the dye that was triggering flares

Christy Guy 3 years

any soda is a trigger!

Jantina Mahoney
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I don't seem to have a problem with plain soda water, just the cola

Linda Nolan 3 years

Oh yes! Soda is the worst for me! The pain is almost immediate.

LashandaLevi Self
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Fortunately I don't seem to have a problem with soda, diet or otherwise. I don't make drinking it a habit though.

Shanan Light
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It’s poison and unhealthy for every single person on the planet. Frankly, it should be banned as it is slowly killing people.

Ali Frazier
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detox the artificial sweeteners out of your body, They stay with you.

Ginny Cordova
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I have a strong reaction against diet cola, but not against regular cola. Don't drink either, because I want to avoid the extra sugar.

Jim Boucher
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I promise after you give it up for a while, if you were taste it, it tastes soooo gross. I was a dr pepper lover for my whole life and after not drinking for a year or so I had one. Blah tasted only like chemicals and hurt my throat.

Jennifer Burrell
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Oh I wish that had happened to me.... I've been drinking cola for some 50 years and I did stop for 6 months... When I decided to try it again I practically drank an entire can non stop it was wonderful!!! However... I think I need to stop for longer than that and then maybe I'd have a similar reaction to you... I hope!!

Linda Nolan 3 years

I do not drink soft drinks but artificial sweeteners make me achy. Not a flare but just pain in my joints.

Annette Rangel
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Any diet pop make me hurt.

Tiffany Dorsey
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Aspartame found in some gums, diet drinks, etc is the worst thing you can consume for RA.

Bridget Snow
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I gave up all soda and drink a lot of water. Trigger or not, it’s still not good for you.

Sharon Barr
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Yes finally started drinking water too!!

Linda Nolan 3 years

It is for me, and it gave me wicked heartburn.

Maggie Jewell
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I had to give up my Mountain Dew Code Red because of my diabetes so I understand! I started drinking water.

Tamra Couch
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Yes! I gave it up one year ago and I do miss it.

Carolyn Kaplan
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I don't drink any soda, never have.

Jax Friedman
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Definitely! But at least sparkling spring water has some potassium

Rowan Miranda
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If I only have a sip I will have sore throat leading to a cold. If I have 3 or 4 sips I will wake up next morning with a severe cold. Not even flashing with vitamin C will help me in that situation. So I stay away from coke, pepsi and the like. Water, teas and fresh juices are my friends.

Mariana Grady
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I figured it’s the corn syrup. I had a natural soda and was fine.

Heather Norton
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what is a natural soda?

Jantina Mahoney 3 years

Jantina Mahoney made with natural ingredients and no preservatives - vanilla, cinnamon, organic cane sugar.

Heather Norton 3 years

The reason I ask, because i use regular club soda and add lemon or orange to taste and call it soda. Lol

Jantina Mahoney 3 years

Jantina Mahoney lol there are some companies that are organic, non-gmo, preservative-free natural sodas. But now that you mention it, some orange and vanilla might taste yummy in club soda - like a creamsicle!

Heather Norton 3 years

I don’t touch anything with aspartame or asulphame k / saccharin etc in So diet drinks are a massive no go. I maybe drink 1-2 lemonades a year. Mostly only drink water

Marie Klein
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Can you use stevia? I make my lemonade with that and it doesn't bother me. I even grow my own.

Annette Rangel 3 years

Annette Rangel yeah fine with stevia but to be honest i don’t like fizzy drinks so naturally avoid them! If I’m on a rate night off, I’ll have a lemonade or a juice as I don’t touch alcohol but apart from that I don’t drink much else but water or herbal tea

Marie Klein 3 years

Unsweetened hibiscus iced tea is my weakness! I drink lots of water too.

Annette Rangel 3 years

Diet soda is sooo bad for you! Throw it away. Artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar. Nothing good about it at all.

Linda Duran
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