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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
6/24/13 5:36 P

I'm glad Becky interjected some real advice in the conversation

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
6/24/13 5:34 P

I'm not sure if I misunderstand, but are you looking for a replacement, or wondering if you should consider continuing to consume it, despite your research?

THERESA_92 SparkPoints: (3,502)
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6/24/13 5:34 P

Yes, if one is trying to avoid artificial or chemical sweeteners, then crystal light is still just as "bad" as diet soda. One thing that surprisingly tastes good is plain water with cucumber slices. It sounds boring, but it's actually quiet good! Also, lemon in water is great. I haven't tried ginger in water, but it sounds like it might be good to try.

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6/24/13 5:08 P

I agree, Theresa_92. While I personally avoid artificial sweeteners, many folks are OK with these and include these in small amounts in their diet. The reason I mentioned it at all is that the original post was lamenting the problems often associated with artificial sweeteners, and one of the replies suggested Crystal Light as an alternative.

Edited by: SUDENKORENTO1 at: 6/24/2013 (17:10)
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6/24/13 4:51 P

I don't think aspartame or artificial sweeteners are 100% bad. I also don't think that they should be consumed every day. As a treat, yes. Everyday? Not if you are trying to eat clean.

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6/24/13 4:02 P

Erm... just a reminder: Crystal Light (and Mio) both contain artificial sweetener. Don't know if it's aspartame or sucralose, but either way, they're not viable options for someone wanting to ditch diet soda because of artificial sweetener concerns.

SALESSE Posts: 2,804
4/18/13 8:50 P

i love 0 coke or 0 pepsi i drink 2 a day, i ask my doctore about it and he told me to drink 2 pop a day is no proble, what i like about it is that it is a sweet drink,

KRISTENMARIE77 SparkPoints: (1,577)
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4/18/13 12:28 P

Crystal light is great and comes in many flavors, as well as flavored water. I stopped drinking diet soda also..for one I don't like the taste and two can't trust whats in ti

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,287
4/18/13 9:00 A

I so agree with what Becky said.

That said, I gave up diet soda years ago. I used to love Diet Pepsi. Decided one day that I was tired of paying good money for water with some carbonation and a bunch of chemicals added to it, when I could get water for practically free, right out of the tap (well... I actually get most of it out of the little dispenser on the refrigerator door since the fridge has a water filter in it).

Sometimes when I feel like I want something fancier than plain water, I'll buy some lemons or limes and flavor the water with one of those. A real treat is a glass of water mixed with some Juicy Juice (100% juice, no sugar added).

HMILLY2020 Posts: 587
4/18/13 8:14 A

Giving up pop was one of the hardest things for me. I gave it up 5 years ago and I STILL get cravings for Diet Dr. Pepper which was my favorite thing! It was so hard to give up..I got a lot of headaches and I was really moody but eventually the pain and moodieness stopped.

My husband got a Coke Slushie once and I tried a slip and it tasted horrible! That's when I knew I kicked the habit!

Water is your friend, drink tons of it. If you need a caffine boost, drink Iced Tea. Just stick with it.

4/17/13 8:16 P

We ask that our members use scientific research evidence when making statements and providing suggestions about food, nutrition, exercise, etc. There is a great deal of information in this thread that is not based on scientific research and my guess is that it is coming from internet sites that use scare tactics. Some of the statements that are not based on research include:
--aspartame is poison
--aspartame causes MS or fibromyalgia
--that the FDA states that aspartame is responsible for over 75% of the adverse reactions to additives in foods.
--foods containing aspartame are not to be used by someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes for it brings about liver and kidney disease

None of these statements are based on research. To evaluate this type information, please do a medical search at sites such as:

As an adult, I do respect your choice to eat the foods as you desire to improve your health. However, as the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Sparkpeople, I do ask that you provide eating suggestions that are based on research evidence.

Thank you for using our SP policy.

SP Registered Dietitian

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 4/17/2013 (20:18)
ANARIE Posts: 13,192
4/17/13 4:44 P

Aspartame is NOT causing or aggravating your fibromyalgia. It has been studied more closely than almost any other substance on Earth. If you take people who swear they are adversely affected by aspartame, give them a plain pill, and tell them it's aspartame, they'll report pain. If you give them aspartame and tell them it's something else, they won't report pain.

That doesn't mean you should keep drinking diet soda. There are other ingredients in it, notably caffeine. If you're drinking a lot of caffeine, it's likely affecting your sleep, and that DOES aggravate fibromyalgia. It's also bad for your teeth, and a lot of researchers think that inflammation from dental problems in a factor in fibromyalgia and worse things.

But the diet soda is NOT the main thing causing this; you haven't "poisoned" yourself. Fibromyalgia is a complex thing. Do what you can to improve your general health, wean yourself off the sodas, but don't let anyone tell you that you "did this to yourself" or that it's all because of your bad habits or something. That's just not true.

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,710
4/17/13 4:44 P

I read recently that aspartame can also bring on symptoms of MS and there were case studies of people who had been diagnosed with MS who stopped drinking diet drinks and their MS symptoms disappeared in a short time. I don't understand why aspartame hasn't been banned.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/17/13 4:27 P

I think that you have gotten some great advice, here, so I highly recommend following it. Soda itself isn't good for you, but diet soda, if possible it is even worse. I was never a big soda drinker, we didn't have it as kids, and as an adult, I never cared for it. When I read how terrible it is for you, how it can dissolve a steak in a few days, how the ph levels are higher than batteries, then I am glad I don't drink it. Please, do some research, you really don't want that in your body.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/17/13 2:33 P

Okay, so you've already gotten some good reasons to stop, but let me throw in my 2cents about how to cut diet soda out without giving in to the cravings and having more.

Try seltzer waters (just plain old carbonated water, nothing else) so you get that fizzy carbonated sensation without any added sugars, sweeteners, flavors or poisons. Now, if you want flavor, you can add a bit of pure lemon or lime juice, fresh mint, ginger, or other herbs, a slice of fruit, slices of cucumber, a tea bag (real tea or herbal tea) and let it sit for a bit.

Any of these options could be a great alternative both for good health and for a soda craving.

No, these won't taste like diet coke, or diet rootbeer, or diet anything. They won't taste like the sodas you're used to. But that doesn't mean they'll taste bad, and you can get used to a new flavor :)

Edited by: ELENGIL at: 4/17/2013 (14:36)
4/17/13 2:21 P

I used to drinks lots of Diet Coke. Then I lowered that to one a day. 2 days ago I quit drinking them. Poison in a can. I won't even lie. I miss it. But it will pass.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,290
4/17/13 9:00 A

The next time you go shopping check all the labels and if you see anything that contains Aspartame, avoid it at all costs! Fibromyalgia is worsened by it. When I was pre-diagnosed with pre-diabetes I was told to avoid Anything that was sugar free as it has adverse affects on the kidneys and can enlarge the liver....and I was told it may even lead to weight gain. According to the FDA, Aspartame is responsible for over 75% of the adverse reactions to additives in our food.

Diet beverages, light yogurts, sugar free candies, low calorie desserts, and ot even vitamins can have aspartame.

I also gave up wheat bread and wheat pasta and I am no longer in any pain.

Maybe try mixing Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry which has only 2 sugars with 1/2 glass of water...add berries to water....cucumber slices to water......lemon or lime......

See how much better you'll feel once you ditch the aspartame.

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4/17/13 8:40 A

I don't mean to sound uncaring, but why would you even consider continuing to drink anything with that poison in it if it may be increasing your fibromyalgia pain? My advice - stop drinking it now. Yeah, you may suffer with some detox symptoms, but those will go away in a few days and you will feel so much better afterwards. I eliminated soda from my life several years ago and I do not miss it one bit! As far as what to drink, water is your best bet - try adding fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to it and a bit of stevia for some added sweetness. You can also find some flavored teas - herbal or green that are very good and can be consumed hot or cold. Another thing I've gotten hooked on lately is Kombucha - you can buy it at most health food stores in the refrigerated section - it's fizzy so it gives you that soda pop feeling but it's so good for you. It's expensive, but it's also fairly easy to make - I'm brewing some myself at the moment. Kombucha has lots of great health benefits - do some research on it!

NANALORLOR SparkPoints: (27)
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4/17/13 4:12 A

I drink diet pop , flavored, waters, koolaid s etc containing aspartame. I have fibromyalgia and in searching for ways to alleviate my daily suffering I find "ASPARTAME POISONING" and the reality that it may have been worse for me than anything else I have ever eat in for weight control(attempt at control anyway)and may actually be causing a big part of my pain symptoms to be amplified. Now after 48 years of diet pop what do I do? emoticon I feel frustrated and BETRAYED!

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