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“In my opinion, light beer is not the equivalent of diet soda,” says Bri Bell, registered dietitian and founder of Frugal Minimalist Kitchen. “Light beer has the same ingredients as regular beer, but fewer calories. Diet soda has different ingredients compared to regular soda and zero calories.”. I know beer and liquor/diet soda’s are both a no no.. Which which is the lesser of the two evils. By light beer I mean bud light, bud light lime, corona light, ect And by liquor with diet soda I mean a full 1.5 oz shot and any diet soda combo.

Lets compare both. 1. Calories: Coke and beer have similar number of calories for the same quantity. Not much difference there. 2. Nutrition: Coke has absolutely no nutritional benefit. It has lots of sugar and higher sodium content than beer.

B. Her mother-in-law was making snide remarks about drinking alcohol every night, while drinking upwards of 8-10 diet sodas a day. Knowing that diet sodas give me severe headaches, halitosis and fatigue — and yes, I still drink them, but just 1-2 a week, I wondered what a nutritionist would say about the nutrition values of a beer vs. a diet soda. Drink This, Not That on the Keto Diet: Light Beers Bud Light. Bud Light is one of the most popular beers in America.

However, it shouldn’t be if you’re on a ketogenic diet. Bud Light has a surprising 7 net carbs per 12 oz beer! We couldn’t believe it either. It has more than some tasty craft beers. Soda.

Robert Lustig gave a talk that touched on many things about sugar, but had a particular relevant point at 1:20:00 in this video. In it, he claims that calories reaching the liver are equivalent for soda and beer; so at least by that measur. I drank nothing but soda from when I was a child up until I was 22. I was not obese, but definitely rotund and over-weight. When I decided to completely cut sodas from my diet and replace them with water, I lost 30 pounds within a 90 day period.

Paired with a decent, but not completely strict diet and some exercise, I was able to keep the. Beer on the other hand starts at 150 calories and goes up from there, although there are some light beers that start around 80 calories. They typically have very little flavor though.”. Although we’re familiar with the ill effects of artificial sweeteners, a 2018 study recently shed light on the frightening link between zero-calorie artificial sweeteners to diabetes and obesity.

And to make matters worse, another study revealed that daily diet soda drinkers grow about two-and-a-half more inches of belly fat each decade than those who don’t drink the stuff. Diet 7Up and Sprite Zero (tied): Both contain aspartame and acesulfame K, but Hunnes says that these two light-colored sodas contain “the fewest number of questionable ingredients.” That’s because they don’t contain caffeine or artificial coloring. 3. Coke Zero and Diet Coke (tied): These both contain aspartame, acesulfame K and caramel.

List of related literature:

Most beers contain about the same number of calories as the popular brands of sweetened, carbonated soft drinks, although a few special “light” beers may be significantly lower in calories.

“Foods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set” by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger
from Foods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set
by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger
Taylor & Francis, 1993

Light beer contains about one-third to one-half fewer calories than regular beer and also less alcohol.

“Food Science” by Norman N. Potter, Joseph H. Hotchkiss
from Food Science
by Norman N. Potter, Joseph H. Hotchkiss
Springer US, 1998

Low-calorie “light” or “dry” beers have 100–110 calories, a savings produced by using a lower proportion of malt and adjuncts to water, and then adding enzymes that digest more of the carbohydrates into fermentable sugars.

“On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen” by Harold McGee
from On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
by Harold McGee
Scribner, 2007

Spirits, meanwhile, contain more than six times the calories of beer, and when mixed with a soft drink, the calorie-count soars even higher.

“Beer in Health and Disease Prevention” by Victor R. Preedy
from Beer in Health and Disease Prevention
by Victor R. Preedy
Elsevier Science, 2011

Diet Soda: Diet soda interacts with alcohol too, so people who drink mixed drinks made with diet soda will become intoxicated more quickly and achieve higher BACS than people drinking identical drinks made with regular soda.

“How to Change Your Drinking: A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol” by Kenneth Anderson
from How to Change Your Drinking: A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol
by Kenneth Anderson
HAMS Harm Reduction Network, 2010

Light beers have fewer calories than ordinary beer.

“Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology” by James D. Mauseth
from Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology
by James D. Mauseth
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014

Light beer and nonalcoholic beer are lower in calories and sometimes carbohydrate.

“Power Eating-4th Edition” by Susan Kleiner, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
from Power Eating-4th Edition
by Susan Kleiner, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
Human Kinetics, 2013

It is, however, possible to reduce the overall caloric content by reducing the available carbohydrate content in a regular beer.

“Yeast technology” by Gerald Reed
from Yeast technology
by Gerald Reed
Springer Netherlands, 2012

One beer is equivalent to 150 calories.

“The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health” by Robert A. Ronzio
from The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health
by Robert A. Ronzio
Facts On File, 2003

» Light beer: This alcoholic option may have even fewer carbs than a glass of wine, depending on the brand.

“Keto Diet For Dummies” by Rami Abrams, Vicky Abrams
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by Rami Abrams, Vicky Abrams
Wiley, 2019

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  • Man, quit sayin ‘science’, it s statistics you r talkin about, which is quite different in essence. Even so, you think they don t count the variables you mention in their sample? They even out when the sample is big enough. That s why they just conclude about the increased risk, not the cause. Statistics is a tricky subject, very easy to belittle, but also very useful. Best thing to do is to wait for some more statistical studies that repeat the experiment and see if they agree. At the end if the day, if that increase or whatever keeps popping up, it might be a wake-up call. Why drinking that horrible stuff anyway…

  • When does articles never want to tell the truth about Diet Coke when it comes to ketosis it’s actually not good for ketosis some people are fooled because Diet Coke races your insulin levels even though there’s no sugar there for you get those carbs so it’s actually not keto friendly and it also makes you crave more so you eat more

  • Excellent video content! Apologies for the intrusion, I would love your opinion. Have you heard about Dinanlinson Shrinking Body Approach (probably on Google)? It is an awesome one off product for discovering a weird waist slimming water to lose belly fat without the hard work. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my friend Sam after a lifetime of fighting got amazing success with it.

  • I know diet drinks havd poisonous sweeteners in them and are worse for you than natural sugar drinks (not fructose) but I’m diabetic and I have to drink them. I feel like I’m slowly killing myself to try stop slowly killing myself.

  • Ask ANY 3rd world civilian what they want most.

    The answer: Coca cola and cigarettes!

    If that don’t tell you something about life then you’re missing out on life

  • Cheers for this, I have been researching “build muscle without getting fat” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of Senictoria Bulking Paradise (should be on google have a look )? Ive heard some super things about it and my neighbour got excellent results with it.

  • The food and beverage industry needs to be regulated, big business food in America with their processed food is killing Americans.!

  • From your results I conclude that it’s ok occasionally to have Diet Coke on keto.
    But another thing I have been following researcher on Diet Coke can lower your satiety hormones when taken with junk food, so can make you over eat ����

  • Most studies adjust for confounding variables, you know this Greg. At this point it is safe to assume that diet soda is not healthy for you and likely harmful for you in the long term.

  • I’m doing my Masters in medicine and Coach Greg is the most alert YouTuber to see through the bullshit studies that other guys here on YouTube like Thomas, Dr berg, etc praise. Greg is smart.

  • Well, of course it’s not healthy, I’m actually here to find out if it’s true, there is almost 0 calories, like let’s say 1kcal
    There’s no food with… negative amount of calories
    I mean.. some people say: eating fruits will help you to lose weight, so they eat whatever they want and then starts eating lots of fruits and they actually can’t understand how that’s not working, or is it just because that’s how they’re born or something’s wrong with their genes ��
    So, is it true there’s almost no calories in the coca cola zero?

  • Hi Sir, Thank a ton to both of you because of you i am pain free for the past 3 months.I am Rahul Age -33. I have I don’t know disc bulge or disc herniation but in mri something is coming outside nd presses my nerve in l4-l5,and l5-S1,i had pain radiating my legs but just after i started mckenzie exercises pain started going up and finally only at a pin point location. Now also sometime i fell a pain in my left hip but its totally different from sciatic pain its like my bone is loose from that point.i started walking daily little bit swimming after some time. Now i am doing core strengthening exercises for the past 1 month and almost pain free not able to sit for long. I have no pain in bending forward never was. Now sir i want to return to the normal life like i had 2 years ago when I injured my back. I want to do weight training and running. I want to play sports. What exercise program i need to follow I don’t want to hurt my back again. I am very cautious now. Please help me out. I am from India so can’t come to your Clinic if you want i can pay your fee from here.
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  • I have to say, as a type 1 diabetic that doesn’t eat almost any sweet food except for my diet Pepsi and coke zero, I appreciate that I can still enjoy a daily dose of something I lost out on when I decided to control my condition. But it’s interesting to learn what’s been learned about the brain and the metabolic systems, due to the use of of zero calorie sweeteners. I’d like to see an episode about sucralose lol. Or better yet, an episode about how most of the low calorie sweeteners are bulked with things like dextrose and other similar anti caking agents that are actually just concentrated carbs.

  • Very informative video Luke and timely as I’ve this week the media has been reporting that diet soda can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. I started drinking Coke Zero a few years ago to help manage appetite in the evening while on a cutting phase. The habit of one drink at night has stuck with me. I’ve just recently started to cut back mainly because of the caffeine content and it’s impact on my sleep.

    Keep up the great work.

  • So I dropped soda a few year ago and lost a part of my belly and about 20+ pounds and went from being callied (over-weight) by my doctor to being the proper weight for my age. But it took 3 years to achieve 0 drinks of soda a day.

  • I’m 53 years old, former bodybuilder…i got old, worked out less, but kept eating heavy like i did when i was young and hitting the gym twice a day, every day…well…i got fat…lol. Carb depleting is nothing new to me…i did it when i was competing a looong time ago. i started KETO 68 days ago and went from 256 to 228. Its not terribly difficult for me except when the wife i and i wanna go out for an evening or go to a movie or even take a day and go to the park. Cant grab something from Burger King, cant really make sandwiches because i dont eat bread, cant have popcorn at the movies…you get what im saying.. Its hard to find a nice comfort food to eat on a day off when im on this diet. For the first 45 days i was on water only and super strict on foods. I got tired of just water, so, now, the ONLY thing i eat or drink that has been known to be outside the KETO diet is strawberries and Diet Coke. If i feel i need something sweet, i grab a few strawberries…when i want some other than the boring flavorless gallons of plain water i chug every day, i have a diet Coke. My weight loss has not slowed down one bit and i dont feel like im shorting myself or denying myself anymore. Lifes to short to be fat And its to short to Not enjoy something you want from time to time. I’ve used KETO strips and i’ve seen myself go “out of Keto” (so to speak)…. but my protein is so high and my carbs are still so low that my weight loss continues. I will say this…when i have Diet Coke….i DO feel bloated, thats the price i pay for that drink…otherwise, i’ve had no issues with it. That was just my 2 cents worth…i know, i rambled quite a bit. Anyway… Keto Etiquette, thanks for the video.

  • This makes sense. Two years ago before all these health gurus got a hold onto intermittent fasting it was acceptable to have a Diet Coke during fasting as well as it was ok to have one black coffee with a splash of heavy whipping cream and one stevia. I’m glad you did this because last year I was doing keto and I occasionally had a Diet Coke during my fast it help me extend my fast and I flourished!!! It wasn’t until I started following these other You Tubers that talked about eliminating diet Cokes and artificial sweeteners in every thing and promoted drinking plain black coffee and plain green tea. I’m not gonna lie I stepped away from the lifestyle because that sounded insane. Now that I’m back on keto ( trying to lose 10 vanity lbs) I will introduce intermittent fasting back into my regimen with my occasional Diet Coke

  • If u wanna quit its all abt mindset
    Do you care that your fat your overweight or that you are literally ruining your body slowly. If you do care then you would easily drop it and occasionally drink soda on a cheat meal maybe once every few weeks or once a month. I personally don’t drink soda at all because I look at it as if I’m stabbing myself in the stomach. Would a sane person ever stab them self, no so I don’t drink coke or pepsi or whatever.

    The stabbing example is just what works for me though. Regardless I hope you learned something from this comment

  • Lovely Video clip! Sorry for the intrusion, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you considered Dinanlinson Shrinking Body Approach (should be on google have a look)? It is a good one off guide for discovering a weird waist slimming water to lose belly fat without the headache. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my friend after a lifetime of fighting got great results with it.

  • Imo you should consider doing a video about “Which kind of salt is less bad for you?”, the consensus around it are pretty obscure and the studies are all around the place, and some people(like me) really really struggle to quit it successfully and is a serious health risk.

  • I was discussing salivary/gastric/pancreatic juice production with my professor, and he said there is a different way of stimulating it, includes visual, mechanical and others, thats why we salivate when we see food, but interestingly enough, he didn’t mention any hormonal production like insulin.

  • We very seldom drink a whole can of soda with a meal, so we both
    stopped drinking soda from 12 oz (355 ML) cans and now drink
    16.9 oz (500 ml) bottles of soda so we can put the twist caps back on,
    and put half back in the fridge, so we can finish the soda the next day.
    Most people feel obligated to finish a can, once the pop tab is opened.
    Reusing the twist caps keeps a bottle of soda from going “flat”.
    I tend to drink more instant coffee (with milk & no sugar)
    and fruit juice to further reduce my consumption of sugar.
    Delaware County, PA

  • Many thanks, I’ve been looking for “bulking up tips muscle” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of Senictoria Bulking Paradise (do a search on google )? Ive heard some incredible things about it and my neighbour got excellent success with it.

  • Actually regular sodas better. Just don’t drink more than one can of it per day, diet soda is full of toxic chemicals that will kill you fast.

  • So as a type 1 Diabetic I’m fine in general. What a shocker, I was almost concerned I wasn’t going to survive the next few hours after drinking a bottle of diet/coke zero most my life.