Diet Pop

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by shari1677, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. shari1677

    shari1677 New Member

    I was wondering how many people on the board here drank Diet Pop, any and all kinds that include artificial sweeteners, labeled as such.

    I have drank Diet Pop since the age of 10 (my mother put me on a diet then). I am now in my 40s and consume large quantities of it. I know moderation is the key, but I admit an addiction to it.

    Anyway - I have been reading alot about "aspartame disease". Has anyone here noticed much improvement after quitting drinking their Diet Pop?
  2. loto

    loto Member

    I used to only drink diet soda. For the past couple of years I can't drink it anymore without getting a stomach ache and feeling quite nauseous.
    I think the artificial sweetner is what causes this with me, because when I drink regular soda I don't feel sick. My main drink now is unsweetened tea. It's very rare that I drink soda anymore.
    Something about artificial sweeteners and my stomach don't get along at all!

  3. Pebbles730

    Pebbles730 New Member

    If I am going to drink soda, it's going to be regular full sugar soda. Artificial sweeteners leave an after taste in my mouth and also make me nauseous and have a headache. They also sometimes give me heartburn.

    I try my best to drink my 8 glasses of water a day and occasional iced tea.
  4. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Cancer researchers recently made the discovery that people who drink an average of two pops per day, long term, have an 80% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than people who do not drink pop. It didn't matter if it were regular or diet pop.
  5. heapsreal

    heapsreal New Member

    The studt involving increased pancreatic cancer was from soft drink made with sugar as they said this was probably the reason for the cancer, makes sense as it your pancrease that reacts to the rising sugar level by secreting insulin. But generally i think you have to try going without to see if it makes a difference, there are plenty of people who do have cfs/fibro who dont drink diet soda. I have stoped a few times for several months and i didnt notice any change in my cfs symptoms.
  6. AuntTammie

    AuntTammie New Member

    Some people actually classify aspartame as a neurotoxin.....not somethign that would seem good for anyone, let alone someone with a neurological illness.

    Personally, I drank a ton of diet pop many yrs ago, before I knew about the possible issues with it and before getting sick. I have wondered if that actually contributed to my getting CFS & FM, but there are so many other things that could have also contributed & some very obvious things that I am sure did, so I will probably never know if the aspartame was also a factor.

    I do know that I cannot tolerate aspartame or splenda at all now. They give me horrible headaches, nausea, dizziness, and brain fog. However, I also know of people who regularly consume that stuff with seemingly no problems. I'd say that the only way you will really be able to tell if it is affecting you is to try to stop drinking it and see how you feel. I know that's not easy, though. Even now so many yrs later, I still crave diet coke sometimes, as well as a few other diet pops.

    There is a pop made with stevia out now. It's called Zevia, and you can find it online and at Fruitful Yield (& probably other health food stores). I do get it once in awhile, and I like it, although it does taste different than other pop. Black cherry, orange, ginger ale, and cola are the most normal tasting ones. Root beer and lemon lime are a bit odd. Though stevia is considered safe, too much of it can still cause some problems for some people, though, so I wouldn't suggest drinking a ton of it either. Personally, I don't find it really quenches my thirst, but then most drinks do not get rid of my thirst anymore. I do find that if I drink too much of it (more than a can a day for me is too much), I feel more sleepy and have more stomach issues. That may well not happen for you, though, as I am sensitive to nearly everything I eat or drink at this point.

  7. heapsreal

    heapsreal New Member

    it would be good if they used stevia in more soft drink but its slow to catch on, maybe it changes the flavour of coke/pepsi, plus australia are always slow to make changes to these type of things. One day!
  8. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    soda also leaches the calcium from our bones. I was a diet coke drinker up until about two months ago. I quit cold turkey. Wasn't aware of the connection to pancreatic cancer. That scares the bejeezers outta me. I had a friend die of that disease,wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy!~~~Jeanne
  9. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I used to be a Diet Coke drinker. I quit not for health reasons but just because I started drinking Crystal Light or Iced Tea with Equal.

    We went to Vegas two summers ago for 10 days. I didn't drink my normal drinks (drank a lot of water, or Iced Tea with sugar). I also spent every morning at the pool, walking in the Lazy River. I walked every evening. I could not believe how great I felt!! I kept off my Equal for 6 months after that cause I thought that was part of my feeling better. Unfortunately, I think it was the other things that helped me feel better since feeling better didn't last. = (

    What I do know is that the hot weather and walking in the water definitely helped me! (off subject).

    I now drink Splenda in my iced tea. Is that bad? I drink Iced Tea every single day. I have a drink with me wherever I go. I don't drink any pop at all. I also drink water.
  10. wendysj

    wendysj New Member

    Hi Shari1677,

    I'm sorry your mom put you on a diet at such a young age. I was such a picky eater that my parents were thrilled when I ate anything besides candy. I can't imagine having to follow a diet.

    I've been drinking way too much Diet Coke since I was blind sided by Type 1 Diabetes 10 years ago. (OMG, 10 years? Feels like yesterday.) I've seen many specialist including Endocrinologist, Rheumy, Gastro, Urologist, etc. I've asked them all if Diet Coke could cause any of my symptoms... They all said absolutely not. I did what they all suggested though; stop drinking it for more than 10 days and note if there are any changes to my health. After 2 weeks, I was disappointed to not have any improvement.

    Since I can't have sweets or bread, juices or many fruits and many other wonderfully tasting foods and drinks - I'm not giving up my Diet Coke. (Stubborn girl is what I am sometimes!)

  11. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Many years ago, I had to quit drinking pop that had caffeine in it because of a lot of heart problems. I was now on two different heart meds and was not allowed caffeine at all. I was told to wean off of it gradually or risk severe headaches and/or many other health problems. The doctor said that many patients end up hospitalized due to caffeine withdrawal for those who quit cold turkey. I was successful in getting off of it OK.

    Then, I get my heart in check, thanks to the meds, and now I find out that I am a diabetic. So, I now must drink caffeine-free, sugar-free pop. I discovered that the aspartame in the diet pop triggered my migraines like crazy. I learned quickly that I could not tolerate aspartame!

    When my daughter did a report on aspartame when she was a senior, I made my kids quit drinking diet pop with it in it! It causes seizures, and a ton of stuff!

    I did discover that the only diet pop that would not trigger migraines was Diet Rite because it was sweetened with Splenda. However, I don't even drink it any more! I'm now down to bottled water only!

    If I can get out of bed before noon, I might brew me a small pot of decaf coffee and have a cup! But that is rare, too!
  12. bzb1170

    bzb1170 New Member

    I have read so much about Diet Pop and Asparatame and I am a junky on Diet Pepsi. I had gotten myself down to 1 a day for a couple of months and drank lots of water. I did not notice any diffrence in my fibro from not drinking it. I also drink crystal light and had gone without it. i guess everyone has to try going without to see if it will really help you or not.
  13. kat211

    kat211 New Member

    I can't remember the last time I actually drank a soda, diet or regular. I used to drink a ton of Diet Dr. Pepper when I was 19, oh the things we do when we are young. I also used to have a 2 pots of coffee/3 quad lattes a day habit, I made my own lattes at home. I haven't had a cup of coffee in over a year. Once I quit the caffeine and sugar mega dosing I felt much much better, after a week or so of course. I now make a pot of green tea and matte in the morning and use agave nectar as sweetener. I do drink a lot of water and decaf green tea throughout the day because I get cold very easily. If I even smell soda or anything with a high sugar content now I get sick to my stomach.