Diet Soda

  1. A co-worker told me she read in a Nutrition book that drinking diet soda can make people crave sugar, since the sugar substitutes used give the body a taste of sweetness, but not the real thing. I started thinking back to when I started drinking diet soda (basically when I started working here 2 years ago), and I do crave sweets more than ever.

    Of course this could just be a natural thing, but I just sat here and ate 6 snackwells cookies. What do y'all think?
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  3. by   nursedawn67
    I don't think it has my changed my craving for sweets, in fact I think it curbs my cravings.
  4. by   NurseDennie
    I've also heard that diet sodas can 'trick' the body into thinking it's getting more carbs than it is, and lower insulin. I haven't seen that effect in me, either. I have never been much of a sweets-craver (except chocolate when I'm PMSing). I crave things like spicy veggies and things like that. Thai pickles!!


  5. by   kristi915
    Diet coke is bad for your teeth.
  6. by   christianRN
    I was raised on Diet Coke, so I wouldn't know the difference. I know, I know. it's terrible. But it's my only vice!
  7. by   Dr. Kate
    The more artifical sweetner you use the more you have to use to get the same sweetness sensation. Or so my favorite boss said.
    Has anyone read anything good about the link between artifical sweetners and MS? A dear co-worker was recently diagnoses, and they feel this may be a strong link (she's a heavy diet Coke drinker).

  9. by   Stargazer
    Heather, I've only seen anecdotal evidence of the kind you're referring to about aspartame. My medical director, who is kind of a health nut, forwarded an article to me a couple of years ago about aspartame being anecdotally linked to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and related autoimmune disorders. My director stated he works with an RN who is married to an RT who was actually on disability for 6 months due to chronic pain and fatigue. He was a heavy consumer of aspartame in the form of Diet Coke. He started improving within weeks of cutting out all aspartame in his diet and was back at work within 3 months. Again--all anecdotal.

    The article went on to assert that the FDA knows about these problems, that aspartame was rushed through the FDA approval process, and the growing number of claims of aspartame-related illnesses are being kept quiet by the manufacturers who are making a ton of money off of this product, by donating large sums of money to groups like the American Diabetes Association.

    There was enough paranoid conspiracy theory in it to make me doubt a lot of it, but the article scared me sufficiently that I bought and drank only Diet Rite (aspartame-free) cola for the next 6 months or so. Unfortunately, it's not widely available and is more expensive than other colas, so I've gone back to Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi.

    Maybe next week when I actually have a minute to spare, I'll go do a search and see if I can find any real info.
  10. by   renerian
    I know in my masters program the discussion in several theories came up about the MS Heather as well as autoimmune disorders and certain brain chemistry imbalances. Most are still in the investigation stage as far as I have read.

    Good thread,

  11. by   Hardknox
    Another urban legend. Check out this link: and do a search under aspartame.
    Last edit by Hardknox on Nov 13, '02
  12. by   Stargazer
    Good idea to check Snopes, Hardknox. However, even Snopes wasn't willing to say conclusively one way or the other that all the claims were untrue. I'll have to go read more next week. I did have to laugh, though, when I followed the links to Medline and found the first article purporting to discuss aspartame's safety was on a research study conducted by--Nutrasweet.

    FWIW (again, anecdotally) my uncle gets severe migraines and rather hostile mood shifts when--and ONLY when--he consumes something with aspartame in it.
  13. by   Youda
    I have a theory about the aspartame scares. Just my own little theory that is totally unsupported by any evidence or studies!
    Aspartame is an enzyme occuring naturally, and produced by the body. So, theoretically, you wouldn't expect to see any "side effects" or symptoms from consuming it. So where do the vehement claims that it is harmful come from? My theory is that the people who experience side effects are unable to metabolize the aspartame, not unlike the birth defects that are caused by an inability to metabolize aspartame, also. Well, just my own explanation for it.
  14. by   CountrifiedRN
    I got an email from a friend in early Sept about the evils of aspartame. I looked it up on on either snopes or urban legend archive and this is the site I found. I thought it made a lot of good points, and gave links to other information as well.