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Diet Coke - Aspartame; From Addiction to Recovery

Updated on March 20, 2015
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Audrey's medical background and an addicted relative created her interest in investigating a sweetener's role in disease.

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The Diet Coke - Aspartame Addiction

Diet Coke and Aspartame can be a deadly combination. They are only good when the consumption becomes a path to recovery from addiction. Only an addict knows the impact of the drink. Every addiction is serious, if it takes over your life. Cheryl, a forty three year old. once vibrant woman. found a way, step by step, to break a twenty year addiction. First, you need to know the dangers of the addiction and then the uplifting details of her recovery. You will learn you can get your life back through support and a step by step process.

Aspartame History

The sweetener was approved in 1981 through an elaborate scheme, involving a recent famous government official. He used devious ways to assure that certain personnel were added to the Food and Drug Administration to push the sweetener through the process. How could that happen? A tidy sum of money became the incentive for this public figure. Prior to this time, many attempts to approve Aspartame by FDA met with failure.

Research

Research scientists have spent many hours studying Aspartame, among them H.D. Roberts. He alone has found an alleged link to many diseases, stating that it changes the metabolism of the drinkers and causes weight gain, instead of weight loss. Aspartame has caused the most complaints to the FDA. Hearings, held in Congress in 1984, resulted in lack of evidence to take action. Medicinenet.com has documented the studies by the company that show the safety of Aspartame, while the independent research showed 92% of their evidence was against it. Below please find the book by H.D. Roberts with the extensive Aspartame research.

Sadness Comes from Addiction

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Too Many Diet Cokes a Day Causes Problems

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Aspartame is Everywhere

In the meantime, many people complain the sweetener is everywhere. One man stated that he cannot find chewing gum without it. A group of doctors produced a video about the sweetener, calling it "Pretty Poison". A website run by a physician, Janet Starr Hull MD., offers a detox program to those who want to get Aspartame out of their system successfully. Those who consume the drink in moderation may not have a problem. That means about two drinks a day. Many consumers find it impossible to limit soda to two drinks, and labels do not warn consumers about drinking in moderation. The sales of Diet Coke have declined, and the company soon will show ads about the safety of Aspartame for the last forty years. Maybe the ads will backfire for the company, as they call attention to the sweetener.

Regular Sugar Instead of Sweetener

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Coffee with Regular Sugar

Aspartame Can Be Addictive

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Cheryl's Story About Addiction

Cheryl's story began in the 1980s when she was in college. On a diet, she began to consume Diet Coke in moderation. Later, when she began to work at a high stress job, she began to consume more and more sodas. As time went on, she began gaining weight, going from 120 pounds to 160 pounds very quickly, even though she ate healthy meals. She began to have migraine headaches and bladder problems. Others became aware of her problems. She drank about 8 to 10 (12) ounce drinks per day. She became nervous and irritable and tried to stop drinking the substance. Cheryl prayed for recovery from her addiction. Over the years, she tried many times, both going cold turkey and weaning herself from the substance,. Her success at her job compensated for her problems, but her reward was the substance. She couldn't wait until drink time.

During this time, she developed a kidney stone and had outpatient surgery for this problem. Too much caffeine in the body can cause kidney stones. In addition, too much caffeine can rob the bones of calcium. She continued to see the urologist for her other bladder and kidney problems.

Aspartame Approved Over Objections

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From Addiction to Recovery

Finally, at age 42, she became tired of the issue, and friends and relatives convinced her to try again. This time, she learned her work has a free job coach program.. She started the program, and spoke every two weeks to her job coach in New York City. Her job coach began a program to wean her off the offending drink and help her to recover. She began to drink tea, hoping to to find a drink that would meet her needs. She drank diet soda and gradually reduced the consumption. She had the usual withdrawal symptoms, such as migraine headaches and fast heartbeat. After several months, she reduced it further, as she found a green iced tea in her office building bagel shop. It took four months of reducing her consumption before she stopped drinking any Diet Coke. Several times, temptation took over, when she passed a particular deli from her past. She did not relent.This only worked with will power and her support system. .

She finally became free, and her self-esteem soared. Her medical problems slowly disappeared, although she believes her metabolism problem lingers. Cheryl joined a running group, in addition to a gym, where she works out. New friends came into her life and more opportunity for dates. A church group invited her to join, so her religious life was looking up. The monkey on her back climbed off, and everyone marveled at her success

Conclusion

Many soda addicts may be out there working to get that monkey off their backs. Cheryl herself had two addict friends. This addiction joins alcohol, drugs and others in the addictive group. To all the persons who have recovered from any addiction, may the light be always in their path; may they join hands and shout to the rooftops about their success. To the ones who still struggle, may they never give up. If they have at least one person who believes in them, they are fortunate. One thing for sure is that it never happens until the addict decides, "It is enough. I am the only person who can control what happens to me. I choose to live". Cheryl chose to give up Diet Coke and Aspartame and go from addiction to recovery. She chose to get her life back.


Disclaimer

Audrey Selig has a BA in Psychology/Sociology and experience in the Medical Social Work field. Allegedly, the moderate use of Diet Coke and Aspartame does not normally harm health. The research shows that excessive use can cause problems as shown by the research articles and book in this hub.The above story is about a true situation obtained through an interview of the girl called Cheryl (not her real name) She volunteered to tell her story. Please consult your physician if you have questions or problems about your own health.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Addiction is such a terrible disease. It runs on both sides of my family. Yikes, on the Diet Coke! I knew it is bad, but had no idea! Thank you for bringing awareness to such, as I do drink it sometimes at work. I have been drinking a lot of water and not drinking the Diet Coke, thank goodness.

      Excellent and insightful hub here. I am so glad to know Cheryl is now in recovery and life is great!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      When I think of addiction it is usually alcohol or drugs, not diet drinks. Yes, we now have the evergy drinks, which have actually killed some people, usually teens. I know aspartame was not really good for your, but I learned a lot more from youg hub. Thanks for this information. Voted up and shared.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Well done - and I'm sure it's timely for many folks. I was not exposed to those drinks growing up and even after I discovered them for myself, I soon avoided all carbonated beverages, both with sugar and substitutes, which are probably worse than sugar.

      In fact being aware of all that the ads encourage one to put into one's body is wise. The whole campaign of many of these beverages has been, from their introduction, to addict the public to them, but it doesn't stop there. When one really looks at so many of the unhealthy, - or at least, nutritionally empty, - cravings foisted upon the public, is it any wonder that the nest step was simple: - to addict people to unnecessary medicines and 'procedures' and numb them to the falsity in the advertising?

      If one observes their advertising, playing down the harmful side-effects, appealing to the young, while the smiles and pretty scenes and music go right on showing, as though these ugly possibilities were among the benefits, - - is it any wonder? Then people are encouraged to ASK their doctors to prescribe them!

      Possibly the trail was blazed by the 'soft drinks' ads encouraging people to spend as much money on as they do healthful foods, if not more, as if those harmful things were necessities! People have been made gullible by advertising and the addiction to those things.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Faith - You are the greatest. Thank you for reading my article and sharing it. I am glad you are drinking a lot of water. So many people have written about Aspartame and Diet Coke issues, that gradually information has gotten to the public. I have been interested in the issue for a long time and have written several articles about it. Addiction runs in my family also, as my father was an alcoholic. I am so careful now about the foods I put in my body. High fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated products are two I stay away from. When we were younger, everything was better. I feel like I already know you, and thanks again for sharing. See you soon. Blessings, Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Pamela - I am still in awe of that article about Guadalcanal. Anyway, thank you for visiting my site on Aspartame. I have written several articles about it. Since you are a nurse, I wondered if you were aware of anyone addicted to Diet Coke. In this area, people drink so much soda pop. Maybe it is different in other areas. I know the schools here have taken pop machines away, so that is a step in the right direction. My friends drink a lot of water now or Gator Ade. I am glad you found my article interesting. I love to read your hubs. They are always so well written. Take care. Blessings, Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Nellianna. You are a woman after my own heart. All your comments about advertising being enticing and the bad things we put in our bodies is so true. Now we must read labels and spend a long time in the store for this reason. I drink water, tea, coconut water and none of these other drinks. I feel like joining a consumer group to help the cause. I also long for the olden days when you could have more trust in food. Thank you for the great response. I need to mention how pretty you are. Hugs. Audrey

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I do strongly oppose the way the food industry is bamboozling the public. Oh, yes - that's something I frequently wish we had again, the ability to trust in food. Perhaps we were overly trusting; perhaps there were just fewer broadcasts about it one way or the other, but surely the observable results were much better, with obesity being the exception, rather than the rule; with much less incidence of diabetes and all the other results that are plainly linked to the unhealthy foods foisted on consumers, almost surreptitiously, along with difficulty in getting truly healthy foods, even if one is aware and determined to avoid things like dangerous beverages. We hear of meat processing atrocities and vegetable growing contamination on every side. Seems that the only way to be sure of purity of ordinary food would be to grow it all oneself, which, of course, is impractical for the majority of people, and, I suppose, would sink the economy even more!

      You're so kind to say I'm pretty - thank you, Audrey!

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for getting back to me. You are welcome, Nellieanna. Thanks for all the information you gave me about growing up and where you live now. The only thing about reading labels is when someone else does the shopping, you still have to read labels when the food gets home. I wish we could grow our own gardens and have them year round. I am sad that cherry season is over, because we started eating cherries this summer, and loved them. A company in town had a block long garden for sharing with the poor. Now, they fired the CEO and are cutting costs. It is good as their stock is going up. However, they are getting rid of the garden that people counted on. That makes me sad. I love gardens and Farmers Markets. What I like best is Whole Foods store for their organic food. They must have one in Dallas. I guess I trust most of their food. Now the Coca-Cola company is going to run ads everywhere saying that Aspartame has been safe for forty years. Also, the dairy association is petitioning the FDA to not have to put " no sugar added," so people won't know about sugar substitutes unless they read the labels. They think the FDA will approve the petition. Anyway, we will keep at it , trying to make sure what we eat is the best we can get. somehow. It is such a pleasure to hear your ideas and compare thoughts. Blessings. Audrey

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Audrey, I haven't seen a lot of cherries this season for some reason. I'm partial to blueberries and have been getting some good ones grown in Oregon.

      Yes, Whole Foods is good. I shopped at Whole Foods for years, till they closed the one I used. There are a few others but not very close-by, and I admit to sort of preferring to shop locally, and I do all my own shopping. In fact my motto seems to be "if it is to be, it is up to me." haha.

      Central Market, which features many organic foods & my health-conscious step-son swears by, is also good but not close to me. There's a Natural Grocer in my usual shopping radius, though, and Albertson's & Kroger's have pretty good organic produce departments. My shopping lists are super-high in produce.

      So many people either aren't aware or just don't care. That makes it worse for everyone, because it lowers the standards across the board. In fact a lot of young adults actually have never known honest food standards. sigh.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi again Nellieanna, Thanks for writing back to me. I really miss the cherries I enjoyed during the summer. They seemed to give me lots of energy. I now have frozen cherries but cannot get used to them. I have been drinking coconut water and have read articles here about that drink. I will drink anything but soda pop. The Aspartame is in so many foods, and my husband forgets to check labels when he shops. I hope you might win a hubbie award for all your hard work. Everyone here loves you, but you already know that. Until later. Blessings Audrey

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I'm afraid I'm one of the addicted ones: Diet Pepsi/Pepsi Max. I drink it because there's no sugar and it has 1/3 the caffeine of a cup of coffee or tea. I see people around me drinking a dozen cups of coffee a day! That would make me puke. I don't understand why the soft drink manufacturing companies don't just find another ingredient to use. I enjoyed your article and now will feel properly guilty every time I have a Pepsi.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Writer Fox. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you don't have side effects from the Diet Pepsi. Maybe you don't overdo on the intake. I'm glad you don't drink much caffeine in coffee I don't see how people go crazy on the coffee either. Two cups was always enough for me. You take care and stop by again. Audrey

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      JasonCulley 3 years ago from Cheyenne, WY

      Interesting HUB. I gave up Diet Coke on June 14, 2013 and haven't had one since. It was rough going for the first few weeks.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jason - Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. Congratulations on your success with diet coke. I know it is hard to give up from all that I have heard. It has an addictive substance that makes people keep drinking it until they get sick or get sick of diet coke. I am glad you are back at HubPages and hope you find it an enjoyable experience. I see you are in the service, so that explains your lack of time when life got in your way. Thanks for serving the country. I appreciate the fan mail and will hop over to your hubs soon. Blessings. Audrey

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Unfortunately, I am one of those people who relies on diet Coke or Pepsi as many do their coffee addiction. I have never liked the taste of coffee, so I started drinking diet pop in my twenties thinking I was doing good for myself. Of course, I have learned how bad the aspartame is as I have gotten older. I have quit a couple times but always end up going back to it. Thanks for the inspiration-I am putting this addiction on my new years eve resolutions.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thank you M Twin for reading my hub and for your kind comments. i am so proud of your commitment to try to stop drinking diet coke. You can try weaning yourself off it and substituting tea or other drinks. I used to drink many soft drinks a day but stopped and now they do not appeal to me,plus I know the drinks are not very healthy. I understand the addiction, however, and know how difficult it is to stop drinking. I love to hear from you and to read your hubs and your twin's hubs. I hope you continue to do well. Good luck with your traffic and your writing. I will stop by again soon. Blessings Audrey

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Aww, thanks for your so comforting and supportive comment. It's good to know you have been there and were able to quit drinking soft drinks too. I know I can do this, I've done this before. I'll check in with you later in the January and let you know how it's going.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      M Twin - Please let me know how it is going. One thing to remember is that once you are weaned off the drinks, you cannot go back to it, as it will get you started again. Good luck. Audrey

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      25 years or so ago our top-notch pediatrician told us not to consume aspartame. He said he expected that there would be a noticeable rise in childhood cancers due to it. That was enough for us!

      Insomnia can be one of the side effects that people don't connect the dots on when it comes to artificial sweeteners, but some have shared their experiences with that aspect of using products containing this sweetener.

      I do not drink sodas/colas, but I do love them. I would be addicted to the full blown sugar/caffeine drinks and enjoying the bubbly fizz everyday, but they made me feel bad in some specific ways so I stopped completely. The more I read about the dangers, the more glad I am that I said no more!

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading my hub about diet drinks, RTalloni. You were wise to not consume Aspartame. Your doctor was looking to the future, fortunately. Nowadays, so many people are afraid of the sweeteners. Finally, the publicity got out to people to stay away from bad foods, but it still needs to be spread further. Many of our friends and children's friends are giving up soda. I used to like regular Coke but went on a diet and just drink water and tea now. My husband drinks mostly water.So many hubs have been written about bad and good foods that it is a great site for preventative problems. I still look further for more evidence. I started to drink coconut water and tart cherry juice recently but only a little at a time. Blessings. Audrey Good luck with your writing. I am glad our paths crossed.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm passing this enlightening article on to family and to friends. Everyone should read this. I stopped drinking diet colas along with all diet drinks. I felt so much better when I 'kicked the habit.' Today, when I try to take a small sip, it tastes terrible. And guess what? To eliminate grease spots on your driveway, you pour diet coke on it and it comes right up. You can also use diet/regular coke to clean your toilet. So just imagine what it does to your stomach.

      I always check the labels on food, both frozen and canned. Some of the preservatives contain unbelievable ingredients such as 'antifreeze.'

      I love this hub my friend and wish you Happy Days and blessings.~Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for passing my hub on to others Audrey. I am glad you enjoyed it. You know all about the bad ingredients and read labels and do all the healthy things. That is so like you to be so careful about what you eat. Everyone should be like you. I am sending good luck and hugs to you. Audrey Congrats on your traffic.

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      bethperry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Very useful article. I found out years ago that I'm allergic to aspartame and refuse to drink it. But the side-effects do sound horrible. Thanks for posting - I hope those who haven't indulged in aspartame yet read this article before trying it.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Beth I appreciate your reading my hub about aspartame and diet coke. I am glad you don't use Aspartame, as I have read and learned about numerous problems. Like you, I hope many people read it. One person who read it is trying to withdraw from it. I am glad they are taking some soda pop machines out of the schools. It is so much fun trying to keep healthy lol reading ingredients and many other things. It is nice to meet you and thanks for the follow. Good luck with your writing. Blessings. Audrey

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Had no idea soda cold have that kind of effect. Good thing I really only drink water.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Joe - You are doing yourself a favor by drinking water, as it does so much for the body. I like water, as it keeps my skin soft and hydrates my body. Thanks for coming by my hub and commenting. I like to visit profiles so will be coming by. It is nice to meet you, and good luck with your writing. Blessings, Audrey

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you so much and it was my pleasure to read such an insightful article. Truly diet coke is much to close to everyday life not to know its negative effects.

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      Bill Tollefson 2 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Thank s you for addressing this issue. It is everywhere and causing health problems, mentally and physically.

      Thanks again, Dr Bill

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's so hard to avoid it. My youngest son is always reminding me not to drink diet pop (which I rarely do now). It's in almost every gum too, not a problem for me as I don't chew gum very often, but for kids it sure is an issue. Good article.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Joe - Thank you for reading my hub about diet coke and its problems. I try to talk to people about its addictive power. Now at least they are taking some soda machines out of the schools. In the past, I wondered how these kids would learn about the bad ingredients. I am so happy, because most people who read this hub have awareness, I sure appreciate your comment. Blessings, Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Dr Bill - I made a mistake, and the above response was in answer to your comments. Thank you, and I will be by your hubs. Blessings, Audrey

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure how I missed this, but I'm sorry I'm late for the party. I did not know about this, although it doesn't surprise me at all. I am so fed up with the Food and Drug Administration, and their pampering the major corporations. Companies like Monsanto should be on the FBI's Most Wanted List. Good job here, Audrey.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Billy- . Diet coke and I are not friends, as you can see. I know many people who gave up soda pop long ago. I am glad you like my article, as I love informational hubs that could help at least one person. You help many people with writing tips, so I see we both like to help others. I agree with you about Monsanto and the FDA. Food recalls are on the rise also. We need to eat food that comes from trees or the ground. I know you have a garden. Keep on helping hubbers. Blessings, Audrey

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      Tricia Mason 2 years ago from The English Midlands

      I try to keep aspartame and low cal drinks out of my house along with hydrogenated oils.

      The trouble is, sugar free / artificially sweetened drinks etc are seen as healthy. Since I would not allow my children to have sugar free drinks when they were little, the school nurse practically accused me of child cruelty.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Trish You never know what to believe. We get a bunch of nutrition magazines that don't recommend Aspartame. I know the FDA approves it, so we get mixed messages. Thanks for stopping by and reading my article and commenting. Have a great day. Blessings. Audrey

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      Tricia Mason 2 years ago from The English Midlands

      I have watched recent TV items on aspartame, saying it's fine, but I still don't want to use it. What's more, I don't like the taste :)

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      wabash annie 2 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I have never been addicted to aspartame! Many years ago, I drank cola with sugar or the diet variety. One day, after letting my open can of diet cola set without drinking it, I took a few sips and almost spit it out. I have never drank milk because of the horrible taste but thought my kids played a trick on me and added milk to my soda. They denied it. I have not used aspartame since that time. When the soda industry started using corn syrup rather than sugar, I stopped drinking that variety too. A couple of times a year I drink a bottle of sugar sweetened cola from Mexico just for the memory. Guess the addition of aspartame and corn syrup kept me from consuming too much soda, which is a good thing. My question is ... how can people drink a beverage with nasty aspartame and corn syrup added to it???

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Wabash - I agree with you, but, at one time. I drank coke and diet coke all day at work. Then I went to Weight Watchers and learned how bad it was for you. When you stop drinking it, and try it again, it tastes terrible. I am glad you learned early how terrible it tasted. Now, Pepsi is adding Truvia or Stevia to one of their drinks, so maybe it will be more healthy. There are many good tasting healthy drinks like green tea and cherry juice that we can use, plus just plain water. I am so glad you stopped by and told your story. I loved it. Blessings, Audrey

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      peachy 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      I read news that a mom drank too much coke fainted n died after excess drinking

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      I probably am addicted to coffee, and I dabble in Diet Coke because it seems to give a nice clarity of mind at times. But I probably only drink a Diet Coke perhaps once a month, if that. I like the stuff, but I already knew it is not good for me. I also sometimes do the Diet Coke/coffee hot and cold combo. I think we writers probably abuse these caffeinated substances more than anybody. Great information backed hub!

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      Audrey Selig 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Mel - Thanks so much for reading my hub on diet coke and Aspartame. Folks are beginning to understand little by little the danger of some substances used to excess. You are a cautious person which is admirable. I guess I learned from the experience of others some of the dangers. Thanks for the nice comments about my hub. Have a great evening. Blessings, Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 15 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Peachy - Sorry I missed your comment. I believe that tragedies and illness can happen over Diet Coke. I hope that soon other substitutes can be placed in foods that are better for us. Too many chemicals are in our food already. Thanks so much for your comment. Blessings, Audrey

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