If you own any Coca-Cola stock, I’d recommend you to sell now. All of it.
I’m an addict. I can drink a lot of Diet Coke in a day, but it’s usually around 6 – 8 cans a day. Yes, that much. Diet Coke is literally my only vice (except being awesome…and humble).
What changed my mind? This article on how bad NutraSweet is for you. Just look at the FDA list of potential side-effects of aspartame (the generic name for NutraSweet):
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Mood changes like anxiety, phobias, depression and aggression
- Memory loss
- Motor skills including dizziness, numbness in the limbs
- Painful swallowing
- Gas, swelling or bloating
- Menstrual problems
- Thinning hair
If this was a medication, I’d hesitate taking it, wouldn’t you?
I had some bad ringing in my ears a couple of days ago, and thought it was related to Diet Coke. But after some further research, it seems that I was just suffering from Aspirin sensitivity. Ironically, I took the Aspirin because I had a headache (which was probably caused by too much aspartame).
And you wouldn’t believe it, but after two days without Diet Coke, I’m still alive.
I’m drinking a lot more water (which is always good for you) and drinking ice tea (non-sweetened, of course) if I’m going out to eat and want something besides water.
Did you know that 100% of the studies about aspartame funded by the aspartame industry found it to be completely safe (big surprise there)? While 92% of the independently funded studies found health risks with aspartame.
Am I going to drink Diet Coke again? Absolutely. But I’m going to limit it to my cheat days (where I throw almost everything out the window in terms of diet). For now, I’m going to try a full week without Diet Coke and report back.