I haven’t gone to the library in awhile because I ran out of how-to books to look at, but I think i’m going to have to go check out Skinny Bitch*. Excerpt:
Aspartame (an ingredient commonly found in diet sodas and other sugar-free foods) has been blamed for a slew of scary maladies, like arthritis, birth defects, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. When methyl alcohol, a component of aspartame, enters your body, it turns into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is toxic and carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Laboratory scientists use formaldehyde as a disinfectant or preservative. They don’t fucking drink it. Perhaps you have a lumpy ass because you are preserving your fat cells with diet soda.
That’s pretty awesome. In something similar, this is a (fairly) recent blog post from Natalie Dee that I really liked.
Hey, guys. We need to talk.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think I need to set the record straight about something.
Vitamin Water is not water. When you add those little pouches of lemonaid flavor or mango passion fruit breeze or watermelon tsunami to your bottled water, that’s not water, either. You just made kool aid.
I actually saw in some magazine recently, some ladies’ magazine (hi, magazines! I love you!) where they were comparing two separate meal/snack choices. Their equation basically stated, you can have 20 oz of Vitamin Water, or 20 oz of regular water, plus a piece of watermelon and some candy.
When you read the new copy on the back of a case of diet soda, and it says something that amounts to HEY, GUYS, DRINK THIS STUFF INSTEAD OF WATER…IF IT’S WET, IT COUNTS AS WATER, they are just trying to sell you more soda. That ticked me off so bad that I have began to slow and painful journey of dropping the diet soda addiction… it is a hard row to hoe, but when you are insulting my intelligence, I have to quit buying your product. Cigarette manufacturers at least are KINDA honest on their packages, they are all like THIS WILL FUCK YOUR FETUS ALL UP and YOU WILL GET LUNG CANCER FROM THIS. They are not like HEY, YOU BREATHE IN CIGARETTE SMOKE, YOU BREATHE IN OXYGEN, THEY ARE THE SAME THING! IF YOU GOTTA BREATHE, WHY DON’T YOU BREATHE IN THIS NICE, COOL, MENTHOL-FLAVORED OXYGEN WITH NICOTINE!!
I suppose next they will be selling COLA FLAVORED FIZZY WATER and CHICKEN INFUSED NOODLE WATER FORTIFIED WITH CARROT CHUNKS and HOPS-FLAVORED ALCOHOLIC POWER WATER.
Water is a major ingredient in a lot of stuff… Vitamin Water is water as much as shampoo or Formula 409 is water.
That is all. Carry on.
A lot of the time, people say things better than I do, so it’s best just to admit it and copy and paste shit. I should also note that a couple of years ago when I was trying to lose weight, I did drink diet soda and I think I tried to bake with Splenda a few times. It was pretty gross. I don’t drink soda now unless i’m running errands and i’m really thirsty, but if I do it’s regular sprite because diet soda taste like…well, chemicals. I’m not saying that regular soda is good for you, but it’s still better than diet soda. And i’ve determined that i’d rather be kind of fat and not have cancer than be slightly less fat and feel crappy all the time and maybe get cancer later.
*Or I would go check it out if the local yokel library had a copy, according to their website they don’t. Bummer.
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