I think that most of us have seen the Facebook post going around called Sweet Killer. I don’t know how much of the post is hyped up, but we do know that the (very) common excitotoxin called Aspartame is bad for us.
Excitotoxins are a necessary part of brain function – they get your neurons firing faster so that you can learn and process information quickly. They occur naturally in the brain. However, when you get too many of them in one area, they can over-simulate your neurons, cause multiple unpleasant symptoms, and even excite your brain cells to death.
Symptoms of high excitotoxin levels include:
- mental misfires
- amplified pain
- uncontrollable anxiety and irritability
Now, back in March of last year, I gave up Pepsi Max. I didn’t really notice a difference except, having replaced Pepsi Max with flavoured mineral water, I gained more and more weight. (Have any of you noticed how many calories/kilojoules are in what I thought to be a healthier drink?)
So, I decided I needed to do something about the extra weight. I pledged 30kgs to the Share the Weight campaign. Without even thinking about it, I replaced the mineral water with a soda drink called Diet Rite – labelled 5% juice, low joule, natural colours, natural flavours and no added sugar. Sounds okay, right?
Well, today, I woke up with a headache which has been accompanying me everywhere (and getting worse) for about 4 weeks (anyone notice the date that I published Bigger is NOT Better!?) I don’t know what made me think about the soda but I did…finally.
Much as I hate it, it looks like I’ll be drinking water from now on!