Coke and Diet Coke have no apparent difference between them. They have exactly the same ingredients, carbonated water, color, food acids, acesulphame potassium, preservative and of course caffeine. The main difference is the artificial sweeteners 'aspartame'. The other difference is the calorie count of the sugar in the regular coke which actually takes up the calorie count more than anything else. We are not really discussing the sugar content here so we will look more into the 'artificial sweetener' which is more controversial.
- Aspartame/Nutrasweet is not very sweet in itself, that may be why the brand 'Equal' adds Dextrose (sugar) and maltodextrin so that it can tastes sweet.
- Aspartame is actually a brain drug that stimulates your brain so you think that the food you're eating tastes sweet. This may be why Aspartame causes you to crave more carbohydrates and some diet coke drinkers may actually have a slightly bigger waist line? Another reason for that bigger waist line also may be that some of the folks who have thought of switching to diet may have other unhealthy eating habits?
- Aspartame (aspartylphenylalanine-methyl-ester) breaks down to its poison constituents at 86 degrees (Aspartic Acid 40%, Phenylalanine 50%, and Methanol 10%). Remember your stomach is at 98.6 degrees! Therefore you should never use Aspartame/Nutrasweet in hot beverages or cooked foods.
- Aspartame 10% Methanol appears in the body quickly and is the same alcohol (wood alcohol also in lacquer thinner), which is a little better than "moon shine"?
A lot of these 'facts' are also based on the the quantity of Aspartame consumed in a day and we will need to drink at least 10 of these diet drinks in a day to have some of the ill effects mentioned. It again all comes down to my consistent advice of 'controlled portions'!
So generally speaking, to reach our quota of water consumption in a day we need to have at least 6-8 glasses of water. After that milk, green or black tea, which is essentially water, then juices and then the preferred drink is coffee as long as it does not make you a 'hyper godzilla'. Coke should come last in this list.
P.S. After I wrote my article, I found this published in Mens Health magazine: Here is that article 'verbatim' by Kiara Aaron.....It gives a little more insight on this topic!
"Put down the diet soda and low-fat grilled cheese! The imposters might trick you into eating more later, according to new research.