And for that matter, there have been very few guidelines published as for what can even be called "reasonable amounts" of most artificial sweeteners. I'm not saying these sweeteners are necessarily harmful, I would just like to see more research done on the subject that ISN'T funded by people who have a demonstrated interest in proving them harmless.
Aspartame gives me a nasty headache.. Usally within minutes.
I did a fair bit of searching for info on it a few years ago and came to the conclusion that its a nasty substance that shouldent be legal to sell but its amazing how money trumps ethics.
Just try googling "FDA aspatame complaints"
Heres the first thing that came up(fda own website ) http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dai...emc-000199.txt
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"Dr. Albert Ascherio, an author of the study and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said it was too early to recommend that women load up on extra lattes. More research is needed, he said, and “a very high level of caffeine can increase anxiety” and insomnia, potentially reversing any mood-lifting effects."
Note that the doctor said "a very high level" of caffeine. A McDonald's cup of coffee has about 66 mg of caffeine in it. If you drank 6 of those, that'd be about 400 mg of caffeine. That actually is a lot, unless you're used to it, but might be too much for some.
Now take into account that a lot of energy drinks have 200 mg of caffeine in them, some even more. If someone drinks 4 of those per day plus sodas, I'd say that's A LOT!!! And in my experience, it's NOT good for you. That's why I'm trying to kick it for a while, so I can later go back to something normal such as a few cups coffee or tea per day and thats it.
I agree, whenever I drank diet coke in higher doses before I would get a migraine likely from the aspartame. Some people are very sensitive to free aminos.I think for the OP the problem wasn't the caffeine anyway. I think it was all the other artificial chemicals and crap in that junk, particularly aspartame, that were/are causing his issues and withdrawal symptoms. Even if you discard the caffeine argument as bunk, you can make several good arguments for why it's still a great idea to eliminate diet sodas from consumption.
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I am having a really hard time quitting diet coke. I was eating a diet very high in process carbs, sugar and lots of diet coke. My first 3 attempts at going Primal "cold turkey" failed because I was completely not functional starting day 2 and wasn't any better by day 7. on my 3rd attempt - on day 4 I had a diet coke and this seemed to help my symptoms enough that I didn't slide on food. I am now a month completely primal except for 1-2 diet coke a day. I am hesitant to give up the diet coke because I feel like the withdrawal symptoms from the diet coke make me want to eat carbs and sugar.
I would like to give up the diet coke. I don't believe it is healthy and I also believe that as long as I am drinking it there is a chance of my habit growing back to the 6-8 cans a day I use to drink. I have heard people talk about thinks they do to minimize the symptoms of "carb flu" - does anyone know about anything I can do to minimize the symptoms of diet coke withdrawal?