Friday, May 27, 2011

Putting the 'die' in 'Diet'

While at home, I usually pay a visit to the family nutritionist.

He looks over my blood work from the doctor, sets me up on any vitamins that I'm low on and lectures me on the over-the-counters that I mention (apparently Melotonin is devilishly bad for me).

As we were paying for the newest batch of vitameatavegamins (I jest), something new happened.

"You have a lot of nerve," the counter clerk said, pointing into my mother's purse, "bringing that poison into a health store."

The "poison" he referred to was a bottle of Diet Coke.

My mom and I laughed and smiled.

"I know," I said. "It's terrible."

"But not calorie-wise," she added.

This set off an entire lecture wherein the words "poison," "neurotoxin," and "better off with regular Coke" abounded.

Did you know...

That the more diet soda you drink, the more likely you are to be obese?-

That giving your body something sweet while actually contributing no calories may make it crave additional calories later?-

That most diet sodas contain aspartame which chronic illnesses affected by neural loss such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, dementia and neuroendocrine disorders. Other side effects of aspartame include headaches, migraines, gastric distress, abdominal pains, vision problems, anxiety attacks, depression, fatigue and sleep issues?

That drinking diet soda makes you more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease?- The New York Times

That diet soda has been linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack? -ABC News

Jeez. I definitely didn't know any of that. And you know... it kills me to say this, but I think I'm gonna try to give the stuff up and stick to water. I've already had 3 Diet Cokes today before I started researching for this blog.

This is gonna be rough.
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