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Diet Soda – Good or Bad?

by jughandle

Whether it’s zero or one calorie, if it still tastes sweet it has been flavored with artificial sweeteners.  More and more information is being gathered on the harmful effects of aspartame and sucralose among others.  Sure they help you avoid the calorie intake from naturally sweetened drinks if you are in the “habit” of drinking several a day, but at what cost.  A study at Purdue University discovered that test subjects tend to consume more calories later in the day when they have been fed artificial sweeteners prior to meal time.  A Texas study found that people who consume just 3 diet sodas per week are 40 percent more likely to be obese.

Side Effects

A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

If you have any of the listed maladies above, maybe you are having side effects of artificial sweeteners and not symptoms of old age or something else.  In fact Aspartame can even trigger or worsen brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes according to Mercola.com.

Google it and read for yourself.  This stuff is chemical poison.

Are You psychologically or physically addicted to Diet drinks?

If you just “have” to have your diet drink everyday it doesn’t matter what is causing your addiction.  You need to stop. If you drink caffeinated diet drinks it is likely you are addicted to caffeine.  Your problem might just be simple compulsive behavior disorder.  Switch your addiction to something healthy like tea or better yet, water.  But as we here at the Fat Farm like to preach, “you can do almost anything in moderation.”  If you have cravings, you most likely have another problem that needs to be addressed.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “a key sign of substance dependence is when a person continues to use a substance even when he or she knows it’s causing physical or mental health problems.”

Check out this study on diet drinks and heart attacks – Are you willing to risk heart attack by drinking low carb diet soda?




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Mittie Wooden October 20, 2011 - 10:06 am

I gave up my 2 diet cokes every morning as a deal to get Steve to give up his 6+ habit a day. I don’t miss it at all. In fact, on the rare occasion that I take a sip of one, I’m always sruck by how nasty it tastes & wonder why I ever thought them so refreshing…..

jughandle October 21, 2011 - 6:45 am

I’m so glad to hear that Mittie. I didn’t know you had the habit but I was worried about Steve. Maybe that was a cause of his headaches. Hope he reads this. – Jug

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jughandle October 24, 2011 - 7:50 am

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