Having read in several different MS publications that aspertame is not a good thing for people with CNS problems such as MS I asked my neurologist. Everyone knows you can't take everything you read as gospel truth and you can't hold a lot of credibility to what the mythical "they" say. I mean, look at coffee, first "they" said it was good, then it was bad, then it was good again??? That is one of many examples, I'm sure you can come up with some of your own. Anyway, I trust my neurologist so I simply asked her if diet pop was okay in moderation or on a once in a while basis. Big sigh,of course the best beverage always has been and always will be water. I do drink my water, but sometimes I like a cold Diet Coke. She also indicated the newest artificial sweeteners have not been around long enough for long term effects to show up. Why is she always right? So, even though she is really nice, and of course very intelligent she had me feeling kinda guilty so I vowed to myself on the way home to give it up..forever...period. Hah, easier said than done, I'll tell ya. Just between you and me, I think the Coke manufacturers put something addicting in there besides caffeine. I mean I can get caffeine from my never empty coffee maker, so why then would I be "jonesing" for the pop? It's a conspiracy by the Coca-Cola union! I'm just playing, well, I have to blame it on someone, right? Hey, "they" said it was good for the diet! I have relegated myself to water with a little lemon juice to make it more interesting. I was doing well with that for a couple of weeks(no pop!) when I went to the dentist and was told that anything citrus is acidic to teeth. Oh boy! What next? Shall I ruin my brain with diet pop or my teeth with orange juice and lemon water? Let's just say that it isn't a win/win. Another big sigh, In the end I decided to have lemon in one glass of ice water a day and one 12 oz pop a week. So, why am I not happy? I want to drink what I want to drink when I want to drink it! But I will do what I need to do and hopefully eventually get used to it. Wish me luck!
I just wonder what "they" would have to say about my struggles
I read about the negative aspects of Aspertame on MS patients and quit drinking diet soda's on the spot. I poured out half a Diet Mt. Dew right then and there. I do still drink an occassional regular soda but I almost exclusively drink sweet tea. I wish I could drink more water though.
I've never read about the negative aspects of Aspertame on MS (great, something ELSE to worry about). I have had a lot of urinary tract problems, and was so proud of myelf when I gave up caffeine (i.e. Diet Coke) and switched to Diet Root Beer. When I told my urologist he just shook his head and said any carbonation is an irritant--God, what more do you want of me??