Post # 1
For years now my father has been telling me how bad diet drinks are.. yet I still drank them. Lately I have been feeling bloated, tired and having massive headaches, like to the point where I can’t move. I called my dad to complain and before I was even done with my gripe session he screamed through the phone (before he hung up on me) QUIT DRINKING DIET COKE, STUPID!
… I think he’s right. It’s been 3 days since I’ve had one and I am cranky, but surviving. Aspartame scares me.. I have read a lot of things that make me wish I would have listened to my father a lot sooner. One of the leading problems doctors say aspartame causes is neurological diseases; my mother and aunts, who are both huge diet coke fans and have since its release, both have neurological problems. My mother has myasthenia gravis and my aunt has fibromialgia.
Here is a link http://www.spice-of-life.com/columns/aspartam.html, just one of many, that scared the living daylights out of me.
PS I have already seen a decrease in the bloat around my stomach, and although I’m very tired, oh how I miss you caffeine, I really think this change is for the best. Just a little info I thought I’d pass along =)
Post # 3
I think it’s great you’re kicking diet soda, but I think you might want to read multiple sources before freaking yourself out over getting any diseases. That piece is not journalism, it’s biased and doesn’t list any sources of information (actually it lists one, but takes you to a broken page)
There are a couple of websites dedicated to loads of information on aspartame. To reach the daily acceptable limit of aspartame intake, you would have to ingest about 20 cans of soda for the average 150lb person. That’s more than most, but I can see that some people might somehow get to that point.Things like aspartame get blown out of proportion, like many things in the media, because its easy to scare you with little tid bits of information while ignoring others. I do think soda of any kind is bad for you, but I don’t think you need to freak out.
Post # 4
At my worst when I was working a lot and having to get up at 5 a.m. I would drink 6-7 per day plus a diet redbull about the size of my forearm. Yeah.. I was that bad!
Post # 5
Good for you! I used to drink diet Coke all the time (it was the only soda I drank) and kicking the habit made me feel so much better and I lost 10 lbs.
Post # 6
I get really bad migraines and always drank diet soda in middle school. One day my dad woke up and told me he had a dream that I shouldn’t be drinking it. The migraines definitely decreased after that!
Post # 7
Wow, I probably need to stop too… even my ring tone for texts is “Diet Coke!” — Lol. I’ve quit before, but it’s definitely not easy! Let us know how it goes! Hope you feel better!
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, I’ll let you know. Honestly it hasn’t been that bad besides the sluggishness. They are so addictive though. I call them liquid crack… all the sweet soda goodness and none of the calories.! ugh, now I want one :/
Post # 9
is it bad that im drinking a coke zero as im reading this?
I try not to drink more then 1 a day.. some days i do have 2 at the most. But i also drink coffee in the morning with sugar subsitute.
I have lately been having bad headaches for like 4 days i figured it was stress.. since the wedding is 2 weeks away :s
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
I keep trying to quit regular soda, it’s still very bad for you. All those empty calories! I quit for a week about a month ago, and I’m trying again. At least it’s reduced my intake, overall, I was drinking about 4/day, and now I’m at 1-2. Let’s see if kicking it again will get rid of this last little bit of bloat before the honeymoon!
Post # 11
my new year’s resolution this year was to cut down on my diet coke consumption. not because of the aspartame–i’m ambivalent about that research–but because a) it’s terrible for your teeth and i don’t have the strongest teeth to start with, and b) because i never drank water before because i was always drinking soda. i went from having 2-3 sodas a day sometimes (and i usually had one in the morning–i considered it my version of coffee), cut back to one a day at most, and at this point i maybe have 1 a week or every 2 weeks. my dentist is proud of me and i have probably tripled or quadrupled my water consumption, which has made a noticable difference in how i feel and look. now i think of soda as a treat!
Post # 12
Someone at my work goes through a case of Diet Mt. Dew in a matter of days. Now that’s someone that needs to worry about aspartame consumption. But for the once a day drinkers like me, I don’t really worry about it too much, there are far worse things out there that I eat/am exposed to.
Post # 13
I researched this pretty throughly, that is I actually looked up and read the studies. Aspartame is a rotated amino acid – phenylalanine, nothing more, nothing less. There are far worse things in our food supply including Groomsmen food, antibiotic residues, MSG, nitrates, HFCS, etc.
That being said, aspartame does tend to dehydrate the body, as well as the caffine. A good guideline is to drink an equal amount of water for every diet soda consumed.
Post # 14
Good for you! I gave up regular Cokes for about 3 months and lost 20lbs! No exercise, no changes in my diet, just that. I was very impressed, but sadly I have started back up again. Maybe I’ll find my willpower again. Never could get used to the aftertaste of diet sodas though.
Post # 15
diet or regular, they’re all bad. I decided to cut out diet coke for many reasons, not only the aspartame.. I probably should have gone into that further; the aspartame was just one of the big reasons!
I replace water with soda… I’m the worlds worst! It got to the point where the only time I was drinking water was when I went to the gym. So thats one bottle of water per trip to the gym, at 3 times a week= 3 bottles per week! Not nearly enough water, even for one day! Besides the headaches, I also started having serious bladder and kidney problems and pain… infections along with constant pain equals major sucksville. Or as my father likes to call it, “self induced misery”.. that’s his favorite saying. lol
I figure if I can’t control myself with them, I’ll just completely cut them out. For some reason that is just my personality, all or nothing. Also the reason why I don’t drink alcohol.. but thats a different story! haha
Post # 16
Good for you! A lot of people are sensitive to artificial sweetners–I can’t take it in anything. I also stopped drinking regular soft drinks and cut back on caffeine. If I have a coke now, I am shaky all afternoon. I have NOT given up my morning cup of coffee though!