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Faux Sugar No More

FitSugar reader colbie needs some help with our Give It Up Challenge.

Every afternoon I reach for a diet soda as an afternoon pick me up! I am sure all of that aspartame can't be any good for me, so it time to say good bye to diet soda. I am sure it won't be that hard to replace it with black coffee or afternoon tea! Any other suggestions?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I stay FAR away from Splenda (seriously, read about how they make it!) and yet my brain can't fathom giving up my caffeine-free Diet Coke. Coffee and tea don't work for me (my body refuses to handle even a little caffeine). I wonder how expensive sparkling water is?
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I'm trying to give up my Diet Coke as well. I've found so far that sparkling water with a bit of lemon in it comes pretty close to the flavor I miss from the Diet Coke. I think it's because Diet Coke is slightly lemony in flavor? Or maybe it's just me or something.
genipher85 genipher85 5 years
I am in the same boat. Diet soda seems to be my vice. I used to drink up to a 12 pack a day and then I quit for a few years, never sipping a drop. But for some reason this summer, I found myself back in its addictive clutch and drinking serveral a day. So that is also what I need to give up. I found that the last time, green tea, coffee and my personal favorite, Limon Perrier Water, were the best substitutes.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 5 years
Um, the FDA denied aspartame approval I think 6 or 7 times before it finally got approval. The guy on the FDA committee that approved it then went to work for the company that makes aspartame making 6 figures a year. Read Skinny B*tch... it's scary. You cannot tell me that it was an unbiased approval process and that stuff is safe. If you believe that, I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.
michlny michlny 5 years
I am going through a similar challenge for myself. It's tough. I have discovered Stevia Soda and Virgil's Diet Root Bear and Black Cherry Cream Soda and they easily replace my artificially sweetened drinks. The only issue is when I travel....
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
The Republic of Tea puts out some fun flavors. Last fall they did an "Herbs of August" series--their Hot Apple Cider Tea was incredible! I like to brew a large pitcher full, toss it in the fridge and drink it over ice. Too many flavors to ever get bored with!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I loveee seltzer!!! Or crystal light.
bonnna bonnna 5 years
You should read what the book Skinny Bitch has to say about aspartame. It's interesting and very scary. I won't ever touch the stuff again. I'd really like to see a fitsugar review on that part of the book to get the word out!!!
angri angri 5 years
When I gave up aspartame myself a while back, I learned that you have to read labels obsessively. Soft drinks might boast that they are flavored with Splenda or whatever, but still have aspartame--Coke Zero is actually one that has aspartame in it. And since aspartame also goes by the names NutraSweet, Equal, Cenderel, and AminoSweet, you have to be really careful.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 5 years
I find sparkling mineral water with some lime or lemon flavor to be the perfect substitute for soda!
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