I wrote about the dangers of aspartame a few months ago. I wanted to follow up on helpful ways to switch from aspartame to stevia, an all natural sweetener with zero calories that comes from the stevia plant.
First, give up the soda! It's not good for you at all. Diet soda contains aspartame and other chemicals that you should avoid in your diet. It is also considered a diarrhetic, which means it will dehydrate you. A good alternative for this is unsweetened iced tea. Add in your own stevia packets and avoid the Sweet N Low (saccharine), Equal (aspartame) and Splenda (sucralose). Unsweetened iced tea has a lot of antioxidants in it and soda has nothing good to offer.
Artificial flavorings for water often contain aspartame too. Products like Crystal Light can be replaced with all natural products sweetened with stevia. One example is a powdered drink by Stevita. This all natural product is a great alternative to the aspartame drinks.
When drinking tea, instead of reaching for Equal, opt for either natural honey or a packet of stevia. Why make the coffee or tea bad for you by adding the chemicals from Equal?
For those who think that stevia is too expensive, here's some good news. A generic version of stevia is sold at various grocery stores. You don't have to go with the more expensive products like Truvia. One thing to be conscious of though is that some companies use chemicals to process the stevia leaves into a powder form. It's best to check the packaging to see how it was made.
Basically, anything that says sugar free is most likely sweetened with aspartame. It's best to find healthier alternatives when you can.