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Diet Sodas

On a low carb diet, will the occasional diet soda do any harm? Also, what other problems can diet sodas cause?

They can make you crave sweets for one. Also, I was at a Charles Polquin seminar and he discussed this. He stated that one of the ingredients not listed in diet sodas causes the thyroid to slow down.

I doubt the occasional diet soda will give you any problems. However, some people do have problems with artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame). If you suffer from headaches, irritability, or stomach bloat after drinking a diet soda, you might fall into that catagory. Also, there are some “experts” that believe aspartame can have an adverse affect on one’s ability to lose weight and control blood glucose. Basically, it comes down to how you, as an individual, react to the sweetener.