Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I have an addiction...

And it is to Diet Coke. I realize that sounds ridiculous. Who gets addicted to Diet Coke? ME!! I have to have one every lunch or else I get a headache. How can something that gives you withdrawal symptoms be good for you? Well it isn't.

Diet Coke contains the artificial sweetener called Asparatame which is made up of "three byproducts: methanol, formaldehyde, and formate." (METHANOL?!?! FORMALDEHYDE?!?!?! How can these ingredients possibly be healthy when one is in anti-freeze and the other is used to preserve dead people? )

Another startling factoid:
'A survey of aspartame studies by Ralph Walton MD of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine found: "Of the 166 studies felt to have relevance for questions of human safety, 74 had NutraSweet industry related funding and 92 were independently funded. One hundred percent of the industry funded research attested to aspartame's safety, whereas 92 percent of the independently funded research identified a problem."'

So basically, something shady is going on. We are being fed chemicals by these big companies, told they are safe, only to find that when studied independently they are pretty bad for us. REAL NICE FDA....REEEEEEEEEEAL NICE!!

Part of my becoming a 'greenie' means me cleaning up all aspects of my life, including what I put into my body. I think that getting rid of diet coke will be a great start! I am going to keep track of how many days I go without any products containing Aspartame. Join me in eliminating this poison from our diets. I think I speak for everyone when I say "BLECH!!"


Anonymous said...

The headaches you get from not having a Diet Coke are probably caffeine withdrawal. They will go away after a while...stick with it! --Amy (A.)

Nancy said...

I'm thinking about giving up Diet Coke too but I'm scared because I love it so much! Keep on blogging about it and I'll definitely support you. =)

Sarah Elizabeth Foster said...


Check out Kombucha as a soda alternative. It is best consumed on an empty stomach, which means wait a couple hours after you eat to drink it. I love it. It is very fizzy and tastes like a wine cooler, but it doesn't have caffeine.

When I went off soda, finding good alternative drinks is what saved me and worked for me long term. You can do it!!!

JAMES said...

Have you considered using glass straws? They're super classy and toxin free. I've seen a few brands out there. my favorite is simply straws, i love the travel case each straw comes with http://bit.ly/simplystraws