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Diet Sodas, Aspartame and You!

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Route 66, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    What are your opinions about Diet drinks besides the fact that a lot of them taste nasty? Has anyone had any issues with Aspartame that you feel caused any issues with your body? I have read a lot of information on both sides and each side swears the other is wrong.
  2. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    I like my diet sodas everything is going to kill me so what ever

    most packaged foods have more salt than you need in a day which can lead to blood pressure.

    Then lets not talk about High fructose corn syrup which is worse than Aspartame yet the majority of your foods are sweetened with it over sugar because it is cheaper

    Come on it is all going to kill us and then again if you eat some of the stuff our parents ate it could kill you because of other things

    Damed if you do damed if you don't
  3. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    I agree and that's been my take ever since I started drinking them from the early 80s. The problem is I have had some symptoms that no allergy doctor can explain or my regular doctor along with CT scans and blood work. I was just trying to rule stuff out of my diet.
  4. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Try not using any soda at all to test it. Some sodas have splenda but they are saying that will hurt you to.
  5. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Diet Sodas give me major gas. And the gas comes out smelling like burnt rubber (like when you spin your tires).


    From what I understand, aspartame - when combined with the acids in your stomach - turns into phermaldrihyde (sp?). You know that stuff that the frogs/worms were dipped in high school biology class? That's the stuff. Or something like it.

    So the more aspartame you drink, the more phermaldrihyde it forms in your stomach.

    And FYI, phermaldrihyde is bad for you... to say the least.
  6. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    I was having such bad symptoms that I thought it was a food allergy and avoided eating a food only to find the next week something else caused it. I got off of Aspartame and in two days I felt better. However I am feeling bad again so its either it wasn't bad to begin with or it takes awhile to detox yourself from all that junk for many years. Who knows....
  7. Rack Bauer

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    If you're feeling bad again it's probably just withdrawal symptoms.


    I was as addicted to sodas as anyone, but I finally kicked the habit. Next monday will be 6 weeks I've gone w/o drinking ANY kind of soda, and I feel better than I have in years.
  8. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    I'm not kicking the habit cold turkey on sodas but I also can't afford to drink the high calorie ones like I did the diet ones unless I increase my cardio more. I can't stand tea so maybe Ill drink some lemonade that is non sweetened with Aspartame.
  9. Rack Bauer

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    I'm actually surprised at how easy it was for me to go cold turkey. I've rarely had any cravings in the last 6 weeks.

    You just have to REALLY want to kick the habit.
  10. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    I got into a debate with a co-worker that is severely overweight about diet drinks and aspertame.

    When I did research on aspertame on the Internet several years back, I really didn't find too much of a health issue with it.

    There was one illness that could be excacerbated by Aspertame but though the name of it escapes me at the moment, it is something all babies are tested for and therefore you would already know not to drink any substance that has aspertame in it.

    However, like another co-worker stated when I debated that Diet Drinks weren't worth it, the only problem is that you could be drinking water instead.
  11. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I gave up sodas 20 years ago in October. I do not miss them at all.
  12. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Coke Zero tastes pretty similar to real coke.
  13. hairic

    hairic Well-Known Member

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    Aspartame is broken down to aspartic acid, methanol, and something like phenylalalalanine. All are found naturally in other foods you eat. The issue is that in nature, the foods that have methanol also have ingredients that offset the methanol (e.g. ethanol).

    Methanol is not good for you, which is about as obvious as saying your car's antifreeze isn't good for you. And to to what Rack said, the methanol is broken down to formaldahyde, which is worse. I stopped looking into it after I found out about formaldahyde.

    It's the other "controversial" food additive, high fructose corn syrup, that is the safe one (as much as sugar is safe).
  14. Route 66

    Route 66 Active Member

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    Wow. Did you replace it with beer? :D
  15. Yeagermeister

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    *takes a drink of diet coke* It just means there is more for me :laugh2:
  16. dcdallaschick

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    Artificial sweeteners give me migraines (either from the chemicals or the pervasive aftertaste--we never figured out which), so I can't weigh in on the long-term effects, but there are sodas out there like IZZE that are basically carbonated fruit juice that I like instead of regular soda. I totally recommend. They still have carbs/calories (about half of regular soda), but they're from fruit instead of added sugar/syrup.
  17. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    No, I've never had a beer. I replaced it with water actually. I love water.
  18. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    This is the best information I've ever taken from this board right here. Now I know that if I want to preserve a dead frog I can just fart on him!
  19. AmarilloCowboyFan

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  20. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Stay away from my diet cokes

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    :laugh2:

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