Are Diet Foods Worth It?

@benks420 (215)
Canada
January 24, 2007 11:16am CST
I have been hearing a lot lately about aspertame, the chemical that is used as a sweetner in many diet foods and drinks. Not many long term studies have been done on aspertame and the effects are showing up with many people. A teacher in my school has a mother who is dieing of throat, lung, and other cancers in her body. She has never smoked a day in her life and the doctors are telling her that its because of the aspertame. People are so concerned about loosing weight that they are willing to try alternatives before knowing the negative effects. I stay away from aspertame even though I could loose a few pounds. I've heard other stories about the negative effects of aspertame, but none as serious as the one I mentioned. Have you heard anything about aspertame?
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I do know for some aspertame can trigger migraine headaches. I have to be careful with many of the generics for this reason. I have to stick with either Equal or Nutrataste otherwise I end up in massive pain. I can't drink any of the diet coke products also because of this, when they had aspertame. I still can't drink them because Splenda does the same thing to me. Not sure why some effect me and others don't but I figure it is probably one of the fillers they use with it. Any time we put something in our body, natural or not, we take a risk. We all need to realize that and we need to be able to know when soemthing is effecting us. We should also know possible effects things can cause. The more we know the better off we are.
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@benks420 (215)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
I've heard of a few people who have the same problem. When they drink some diet drinks they get bad migraines, but other pops (I heard usually Diet Pepsi) doesn't cause the migraines. I also heard of one situation where the person drank around 3 or 4 bottles of diet pepsi a day and they started getting really bad gas. They went to their family doctor and they were told that it was the aspertame in the diet pop that they were drinking. They never touched a bottle of diet pop after that!
24 Jan 07
No, I haven't heard of apertame before, but I have always been very wary of artificial sweeteners. I am also aware that many foods are misleadingly branded as healthy food options. For example, many of the 'lite' products are not 'light' as we may believe them to be, 'lite' is spelt that way for a reason - to convey the image that it is healthy but without committing to saying that it's actually a 'light', lower calorie alternative. If I ever decided to lose weight, I think i'd just try to cut down on sugary foods and eat more vegetables, at least I can be more aware of what i'm putting into my system.
@benks420 (215)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
Yeah the best way to loose weight is to eat healthy foods and cut down on the sugar and only have it occasionally. ALso exercise and staying active is important.
@mansha (6301)
• India
24 Jan 07
Thanks for telling me about it. I personally do not trust any diet foods,unless doctor also prescribes them. I have a morbid fear of these diet foods playing havoc with my hormonal system. I have had a chance to promote a few but I do not wish to take risl regarding them.
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@benks420 (215)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
Yeah, a lot of the diet foods are rushed into the market before being throughly tested for short term and long term effects. They're too eager to make money off their product.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I want to do regular food not special and make real lifestyle changes
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@benks420 (215)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
Yeah. Your lifestyle really determines your health and weight
@babyjane (1395)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
When to Start Dieting? This one is for women: Never start a diet one week before your period. The hormonal imbalances will drive you nuts, will make you frustrated, and the water retained in your body will make appear as if you haven't shed a pound. Actually, you will look as if you took pounds. So spare yourself! The best moment to start a diet is two days after your period has started, when your cravings subdue and your body starts eliminating the retained water. It's better not only from a psychological point of view, but also from a physiological one. So, girls, did you know that the body retains up to 1 liter of water before and during your period? Keep that in mind next time you are complaining that you cannot lose weight. Personally, I retain even more sometimes. Anyway, I started this new way of eating. My friend lost 20 pounds almost following it in the US, and if she could do it there, I can do it here! The basic principles are the ones I have mentioned already. 5-6 meals a day and two or three more substantial. Never eat until you are full, just until you are not hungry anymore. Take out sugar so your insulin is not high and stopping you from losing weight. My daily intake varies from 1,200 calories to 1,500 calories. I don't think that going under this is helpful or healthy. In the morning I'm having a Diet Cereal Bar and half a glass of yogurt. Two-three hours later I have lunch (for example today I had three small pieces of chicken nuggets and 3 large spoons of eggplants and yogurt salad). Then I had one Diet (with fructose instead of sugar) fruit cheesy yogurt. Then I had dinner - other 3 pieces of nuggets, one egg, and lots of lettuce - and then one more fruity cheesy yogurt. I could have added more, but I feel ok. I am not hungry. I could use some fruits though.
@radesh (694)
• India
24 Jan 07
i dont think ..i dont follow any diet but i;m healthy and even my physic is good