Diet Soda

By DFW Latest Reply 2010-08-30 15:18:05 -0500
Started 2010-08-29 16:20:05 -0500

Regular Soft Drinks and Soda Pop had always been a fixture in my life…my fondest childhood memories include drinking Coca-Cola in the little short glass bottles together with my dad. When I was growing up 7up was the cure-all administered to relieve an upset stomach and whatever else ailed you. As a teenager there was nothing I loved better than an Ice Cold Pepsi in the old 16 ounce glass bottles. This was pre HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) days when it was all made with sugar…some soda manufacturers have begun to offer "Nostalgia Versions" made with real sugar again as more and more people are questioning the HFCS rationale. The old original "Nu-Grape Soda" and "Orange Crush" were also a perennial favorites of mine.

Diet colas were never even considered. It was full strength sweet sodas or sweet teas…nothing else for me.

After I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes last year…I believed I was making some pretty radical alterations when I switched completely to Diet Pepsi. Gone was my regular Mountain Dew and that intense Sugar/Caffeine surge (and eventually the subsequent nap time). I thought as long as I get to drink soda pop in one form or another I'll be able to do this…I needed my fizzy soft drinks…sugar or not!

Last year I read some posts here questioning whether diet soda was good for you…or not. The subject of aspartame (Nutra-Sweet) got a lot of play in the threads and I started to research for myself what the medical professionals were saying. I was originally relieved when I found "" listing it as a suitable alternative sweetener.

Well, one year on I've been drinking copious amounts of Diet Pepsi (2 litre a day) and progressively feeling worse and worse by the week for nearly a year now. Most recently I found myself telling my Dr. that I felt like I'd been "Poisioned" and felt horrible, worse than I've ever felt in my entire life. He relayed my numbers back to me Daily BG 100-110, A1c 5.5, liver and kidney functions normal, vitals all good, and I've lost nearly 60lbs. I've regained significant stamina and vitality through proper treatment, diet, nutrition, and exercise. No problem…right? But why am I still feeling horrible?

So now I've seen all the information available on diet soda and aspartame (Nutra Sweet) pro and con …and read the laundry list of sugar free and regular products it winds up in and I'm going to try to do without all of it.

I going to use Stevia to sweeten my tea, and just drink more water for the next 6 months and see how things are…If I notice significant changes I'll let you all know.

2 replies

Gemm 2010-08-30 15:18:05 -0500 Report

You may be one of those people who are really sensitive to things like aspartame and saccharin. I can't have either of them as I am allergic to them both - get really ill with even a very small amount - 1 - 2 oz of regular diet soda would put me in bed for a few days - nausea, vomiting, migraines from hell, sweats and just plain lethargic feeling. I know other people who are just sensitives who don't get as bad but still feel badly after consuming them - especially with aspartame. Most general office blood testing won't show up an allergy or sensitivity to aspartame. It's something that would have to be diagnosed through a specialist and even some of them can miss it. I got really ill some years back when I was working at a place I couldn't smoke (before I quit) and was chewing a lot of gum. That was when I found out about my allergy to the aspartame which the doctor said wasn't that surprising since I was already allergic to saccharine.

My younger daughter is so bad she gets an anaphylactic shock reaction from even minute amounts of them. She's been put in the ER several times from getting something that she didn't know had aspartame or saccharine in it. She doesn't even chew gum anymore because of it cause too many have one or the other in but under a different name. We've had to become diligent label readers because of this.

What we use here is Splenda or the generics of it. For my husband and I it works great though I've known people that have their BG levels affected from it. I was a bit hesitant about trying the Splenda because of my reactions to the other sweeteners and since I tolerate it well that is also why I've been hesitant about trying some of the others such as stevia and agave. Kind of that old farmer's adage - if it ain't broke don't fix it lol

Hugs & good luck with the change-up on sweeteners.


jason123 2010-08-29 16:56:58 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing your story DFW. I have cut out all regular and diet sodas since my diagnose, used crystal light for a short while, got rid of them too…I don't even want any of that funny, fake, 'sweet' taste in my system…One day I was having breakfast, after 2 cups of coffee I realized I forgot to put sweet&low in there, I said to myself, why did I want to add sugar to it in the first place?? Gone is sweet & low in my coffee lol…Now I drink water and coffee with cream…What I am trying to say is, you really can live without all that crap…Hope you feel better soon, and keep us posted!