For someone trying to lose weight, like myself, the artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is a fact of life. Something that’s pretty unavoidable without some serious lifestyle change considerations.
As my friend Loli once remarked, my consumption of diet cola is so out of kilter with my advocacy of things Organic, and active avoidance of too many processed things in my diet (‘too many’ – what a wonderful fudge!). I have no real excuse. I’ll have to accept the brickbats.
But what brought on this post on? Well, on Friday night, after some noodles from the local take-away my wife suffered severe abdominal pains. We immediately blamed it on some dodgy seafood, and as the pain got worse, we went off to the A&E Department at the local hospital.
To cut a long story short, as several hours’ wait elapsed, Sam got better. But, even at the end of Monday, she still felt a little queasy – no pain, just unsettled, verging on the nauseous.
Then, after a glass of diet cola, the pain returned. Thankfully, not so badly this time. The truth suddenly hit us – it wasn’t the takeaway, it was the glass of diet fizzy stuff afterwards that had caused the pain.
Now, I’m owning up to mild indigestion feelings and the odd passing feeling of sickness sometimes following imbibing the fizzy brown beverage. Not scientific, I know, but reacquainting myself with the joys of Aspartame on Wikipedia is causing some real reassessment, not only of diet colas, but fruit squashes and desserts.