Originally Posted by Bronco_Beerslug
That stuff is just as bad BB. Aspartame is pretty much turned into various poisons in your body.
I never said diet soda was full of vitamins
or anything like that ... but think about it: Regular soft drinks are almost 1/3 sugars and/or high-fructose-corn-syrup
. Now THAT is bad for you. Especially since many people drink lots and lots of sugar soda. At ~280 calories per "medium" 24-ounce drink (and who drinks a medium really?), you can see that many soda drinkers get 1,000+ calories a day in soda alone. Easily. Just two 32-ounce Big Gulps are about 800 calories. THAT'S what I meant when I recommended switching to Diet Sodas.
1,000 calories a day -or- ZERO calories a day?
And yes, BBS, you're right that aspartame (Nutrasweet
) is a very strange molecule. It converts into methane (or methanol?) in the digestive system, and also formaldehyde. And the phenylalanine in aspartame is also very weird. It's only "dangerous" per se to the small number of people with a genetic disorder regarding phenylalanine, but it also affects brain neurotransmitters. That hasn't been proven "dangerous" yet, but it's pretty weird.
) and sucralose (Splenda
) are both MUCH better. Saccharin - despite what you may have heard - is probably the safest food additive ever created. The infamous 1970s test that caused bladder cancer in rats has been completely discredited. First - the rats were fed only pure saccharin, and in greater volumes than their standard food intake. Second - the cancerous action in their bladders had ZERO realation to the human digestive system. And Third - that study used bad syringes, and the plastic or something from the syringes was found to have actually caused the cancer. Some soft drink companies are switching to sucralose, including Canada Dry. I hope more will follow. For me, it's only Sweet'n'Low
in my coffee, tea and even smoothies.
Secret History of Nutrasweet:
Despite trying and trying, G.D. Searle - the company that owned the rights to aspartame in the 1970s - could not get it approved by Nixon or Ford's FDA (Food and Drug Admin). After Jimmy Carter was elected, Searle looked for a CEO who knew the 'ins and outs' of Washington. And they found him: Donald Rumsfeld. Yes, that Donald Rumsfeld. He went from Ford's Secretary of Defense straight to CEO of G.D. Searle. But even Rumsfeld could not get it approved by Jimmy Carter's FDA. Then, as the 1980 campaign approached, he told them it was a shoo-in to be approved if Reagan was elected, reportedly because Rummy had "connections." So Searle put the process in motion and sued the FDA as Carter's term was in its last year, and when Reagan took over - BOOM! I give you ... Nutrasweet!