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Which Diet soda's don't contain Aspartame, and do contain Splenda? Any ideas?


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  1. All fountain soda is without Aspartame (as a start for you), even those diet sodas that contain it in bottles and can form. Splenda has a web site and lists drinks containing their products; I see Diet Rite sodas (products of the Royal Crown Company) are listed there.

    Link: http://www.splenda.com

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    1. re: Elisa Davis

      Diet Rite also has some new flavors. I just bought some Tangerine and some Peach soda, but I haven't tried them yet. I'll let you know how they are...

      1. re: Jane

        It seems to me Diet Rite isn't always easy to find. Which grocery chain seems to have the best selection? Also is Diet Rite Canadian?

        Thanks everyone.

        1. re: Phal Gus

          Unfortunately, I'm in Northern California so I can't help you with finding Diet Rite locally. Small gourmet grocery stores seem to carry a decent selection up here. Good luck.

      2. re: Elisa Davis

        - All fountain soda is without Aspartame -

        Even Diet Coke? Do you have any reference for this?

        1. re: Curious

          Yes, aspartame is very unstable once wet and quickly loses its sweetness. Bottles and cans have a fast enough turnover that it isn't an issue, but fountain syrup can take a long time between the time it's produced and when it's consumed.

          I worked at the Pepsi-Cola Company during the time that aspartame was first approved by the FDA, my work was in the fountain business in particular.

          My guess is you can find out more from the Coca-Cola website if you don't want to take my word for it.

          1. re: Elisa Davis
            Caitlin McGrath

            The statement from the Coca Cola web site contradicts what you originlly said, though; fountain Diet Coke has a blend of aspartame and saccharin. So someone who is avoiding aspartams should not assume that it isn't present in fountain sodas.

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I just had to go re-read it...and I think they are just hedging their bets (in case some aspartame creeps into the mix and someone is has PKU problems). Aspartame is a bad bet in the sort of storage conditions that are normal for fountain syrup.

              BTW, the soda companies are just as happy to use saccharine instead of aspartame, as the price differential is enormous.

              1. re: Elisa Davis

                You seem to be asserting again that there's no aspartame in fountain Diet Coke when your own reference contradicts you. Do you have any new references?

                1. re: Curious

                  I have a Diet Coke can in my hand right now. Aspartame is the third ingredient listed:

                  Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.

                  1. re: Jane

                    Jane, if you are addressing Curious' post, the issue is with *fountain* diet sodas, not canned.

                    1. re: Jane

                      Yes, canned Diet Coke (and canned most diet sodas) contain aspartame. It's *fountain* diet soda that doesn't, although apparently the Coca Cola company says there may be some in some of their fountain syrup although I can't see why they'd bother as it loses its sweetness by the time it reaches the consumer in almost all instances.

                      (Fountain soda is the stuff you get at restaurants and fast food places that doesn't come out of a can or a bottle but is a mixture of syrup and carbonated water, mixed right there at the place it's served)

                      1. re: Elisa Davis

                        That was the way I was thinking too. I went to a local restaurant and ordered a diet soda. I paid for it dearly that night for two more days and nights. There was enough aspartame that it caused my fibromyalgia to flare bad. Now I avoid ALL diet sodas and stick with tea or regular soda.

                    2. re: Curious

                      Yes, I just said I reread it and it's true that there may be some aspartame in it.

                      Is there some reason you're so unpleasant?

                      1. re: Elisa Davis

                        You wrote that you, " worked at the Pepsi-Cola Company during the time that aspartame was first approved by the FDA, (and your) work was in the fountain business in particular. " and yet you seem extremely confused about the very product you represented. What exactly did you do at Pepsi? You may not like being questioned but you have made statements of fact here on this board regarding all fountain diet sodas, not just Pepsi. And yet you keep posting statements that contradict your own assertions.

                        1. re: aspartanot

                          you know, I wrote that, was questioned, and bothered to do the research to answer the query. and then I admitted I was wrong. what exactly are you asking me to do now?

                          if you're allergic to aspartame, do your own research. you should do that anyway.

                          I'm out of this thread.

                          (and I worked in finance in the food service division at Pepsi, the decision to use aspartame was a HUGE issue as there were both product stability problems and high costs involved...and none of these issues has changed in the intervening years; despite the fact that aspartame sweetened beverages are almost universally considered to be superior tasting to those sweetened with saccharine, most--I thought all, but I learned differently from Coke--fountain soda continues to be sweetened with saccharine. Perhaps Splenda will prove to be more stable as a sweetener and the economics or market forces will change diet soda formulations. Meanwhile, people who are aspartame sensitive should be doing their own research directly from manufacturers. I mean, why even believe the quotation I said is a quotation? Go to the Coca Cola site yourself, it's way fun to navigate through the multiple pop up java windows that provide no useful product ingredient information.)

                          1. re: Elisa

                            And yet you don't know if the product contains aspartame? Hmmm....something fishy here.

                            1. re: hmmmmm

                              FWIW, I lost about thirty pounds in part thanks to Aspartame. It is the sweetener in a milk shake powder produced by Health Management Resources (HMR), recommended by my doctor (who used it himself) and chosen by many hospitals (including Cedars, I think) for their weight loss programs. I never had the slightest problem with the Aspartame and, after doing some research, am starting to think that the numbers who are allergic to it may not be so great after all. Of course there are those who oppose chemicals in any form. Can't say as I blame them (just as long as they let me alone)

                              1. re: Lord Lipitor

                                aspartame has some specific warnings required in its product labeling by the powers that be. yes, the numbers are small, but if you're one of those individuals, it's very important. pls don't doubt that there are real health issues here that have been shown in the clinic just because you're not affected.

                                1. re: Lord Lipitor

                                  I have talked to many doctors and I will say that ALL have said NOT to use ANY form of aspartame. For someone that has drank diet soda most of her life, I was surprised. Then I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Now if I eat or drink anything with even a hint of Aspartame, I end up in major pain because of it. And many things I didn't even realize there was aspartame in it until my pain went nuclear!

                          2. re: Elisa Davis

                            I'm not being unpleasant; I'm just trying to figure out if I can drink Diet Coke from a fountain. (Aspartame gives me headaches.)

                            And your post said that the Coca-Cola website shouldn't be believed since you say they are just "hedging their bets" as any aspartame in the fountain drinks would be due to accidental contamination.

                    3. re: Elisa Davis

                      I'm allergic to aspartame but not sucralose. I have always reacted to fountain diet coke the exact same way that I react to canned diet coke.

                    4. re: Curious

                      This is from the Coca-Cola website (easily the most annoying website I've ever visited--worse than porn sites you stumble over but didn't mean to visit LOL):

                      "Because aspartame by itself is heat and pH sensitive (meaning it loses its sweetness over time), the concentrated fountain syrup causes aspartame to lose its sweetness faster than it would in a finished beverage. Fountain diet drinks, therefore, are sweetened with a blend of aspartame and saccharin to assure maximum product quality."

                    5. re: Elisa Davis
                      wow i'm a dog

                      I can't have anything with aspartame in it myself. This isn't diet soda, but maybe you'll find this a good alternative: The Switch. It's 100% carbonated fruit juice without any corn syrup, added sugar, etc. I really enjoy the apricot peach. The drinks are a little hard to find (I tried it at a volleyball event) and their locator online didn't help me much, but maybe they ship? I've emailed them to find out. I do know that they have it at Mongolian BBQ in Manhattan Beach.

                      Link: http://www.switchbev.com/index2.html

                      1. re: Elisa Davis

                        Hate to tell you, but check the label of ANY diet soda, at least those sold in the grocery stores and not a designer or all natural soda, and you will see aspartame listed. I had to start reading ALL labels as I am highly sensitive to it. It is in Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Diet 7-UP, and all others we have around here.

                      2. I will bring this discussion to a (relatively) local realm. I have found the most delicious diet drink containing Splenda. I haven't checked for Aspartame but I suspect it doesn't have it. The brand is ICE BOTANICALS made by the Talking Rain Company. They come out of Portlnd Oregon and are available (not always, sadly) locally only at Costo. They make a very lightly carbonated and a non-carbonated variety.

                        Link: http://www.talkingrain.com

                        1. I don't know exactly if there's any Aspartame in it, but it's sweetened with Splenda, and tastes great.. It's the Diet Hansen. I buy them in bulk from Costco. They have amazing flavors, like Ginger, Strawberry Kiwi, Tangerine, etc. If I remember correctly it says something like "all natural" too. I remember they use natural, not artificial flavoring. So maybe you can give it a try. ;) Hope this helps.

                          1. yes i wouldnt drink anything with aspratame in it either if you read any books on it it causes brain cancer and a load of other problems for the body look for the book excitotoxins that kill do a search you will see monsanto who produces it is in for alot of lawsuits down the road micheal j fox was a spokesman for diet soda and look at him now

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                            1. re: noaspratame

                              All the accusations against aspartame are essentially unsubstantiated.

                              1. re: ironmom

                                Thanks for saying that, its unpopular but it's fact.

                                1. re: EWSflash

                                  As someone who had ringing in my ears and lightheadedness from aspartame, I must dispute your assertions. Also, my diabetic mother was consuming a number of aspartame products and began to have neurological symptoms which even led her physician to think she might have had a brain tumor. My sister, now a physician assistant after a 25-year career as a registered nurse, asked how much aspartame she was using and advised her to try eliminating it from her diet. Within days and weeks the symptoms were gone. So don't assume there is nothing to it. Within 7-10 minutes of accidently consuming an aspartame-sweetened diet drink, I know what has happened because I start feeling weird and disoriented.
                                  I use Hansen's diet sodas in the summer and so does my mother. I am also beginning to see some xylitol and erythritol-sweetened products in the marketplace and hope to see more.

                                  1. re: skamama

                                    Xylitol in soda??? Count me out. Far more people have bad reactions to sugar alcohols than aspartame.

                                    1. re: ferret

                                      Yeah, just what I need - diet pop with the added bonus of explosive diarreah. :-(

                                    2. re: skamama

                                      I appreciate hearing your story. I think that problems with aspartame should be more widely known. However, I have to say consuming it has never caused me problems.

                                      I know many who drink diet sodas. I suspect that these extreme symptoms are rare.

                                      I actually don't like soda sweetened with sucralose. I've grown accustomed to the aspartame flavor.

                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                        There are countless aspartame scare sites on the web, the problem is that there's little to no science behind them.

                                  2. re: ironmom

                                    That may be true but I can say that if I use ANYTHING with aspartame in it I go into a fibromyalgia flare (MASSIVE PAIN ALL OVER) and it is directly linked to aspartame because I have the flare within minutes of eating, chewing gum, or drinking anything with aspartame in it.

                                    1. re: JodiB

                                      Jodi, I understand that you have real problems with the consumption of Aspartame. I am a regular diet soda drinker (not daily, but certainly weekly) and I have not had any adverse reactions to either Aspartame or Sucralose. The post to which you replied was in response to someone implying that Michael J. Fox acquired Parkinson's disease from the consumption of artificial sweeteners. You can be sure if there was any proof, those sweeteners would be off the market in the U.S.

                                      1. re: JodiB

                                        I appreciate hearing your experience with aspartame. I've never known anyone who had experienced adverse symptoms from drinking diet soda.

                                  3. Most of the Diet Rite sodas do not contain aspartame and use splenda. I'm not sure if this is true for all their flavors, but they advertise this fact on the front of the can. Their diet peach soda is quite yummy.

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                                      torta basilica

                                      Not really a soda, but diet Snapples use sucralose for sweetner.

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                                      1. re: torta basilica

                                        I think you misread the label, or have a different diet snapple then me because I have one right here that says aspartame on the ingredient lable. I hate it, it is in EVERYTHING!!!!! I like drinking stuff other then water, but not w/all the sugar calories... So frustrating to try and not consume any aspartame, because it is in almost anything sugar free! I had to debate at the store to get the 170 calorie chocolate pudding w/out the sweetner or the 35 calorie sugar free. Gain weight or risk possible brain cancer? You may think its an easy answer, but it wasn't for me. Why aren't there law suits of people with brain cancer from the sweetner that has been around for over 20 yrs? It is in so many products,. if it is as bad as these websites claim I would imagine law suits would be filed.. And even if the FDA testing was faulty, years later with more research etc. that is has been determined to be unsafe why can't they take it off the market., or why can't they use another sweenter in everything, why don't they use more splenda or stevia? ok ur answer is $$$ . well what else do we regularly consume that is so toxic

                                      2. Hello from Pam in Oregon..Please can anyone help me find any diet drinks with no aspartame in it i found out half of my health probs from it and i cant have frutose also and with IBS hard to find anything to help me i tried diet rite yuk yuk lol..I need some help in the west not a easy find i have read all of this page alot of good answears about aspartame..I will keep looking and nice to see a good site like this hope i meet people from all over..Have a good day or nite...

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                                        1. re: PamB

                                          i'd contact the hansen's soda folks and find out where their stuff is sold in oregon.
                                          in particular, i recommend their diet cherry flavor.

                                          1. re: westsidegal

                                            I don't know where in Oregon you are, but if there's a Winco Foods near you, they carry Hansen's.

                                        2. Diet Coca-Cola (Coke)with Splenda, for example.

                                          1. Fountaiin coke diet drinks contain aspartame, it is listed on the incredient list on the Coke web site.

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                                            1. re: Jberry2010

                                              Vigil's diet sodas tend to be sweetened with stevia. At least I know the cola is (never really looked at the other flavors)

                                            2. Ran across this Zevia in a store today: http://www.zevia.com/ Did not try, though, because they were over $6 for a 6-pack. Sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol.

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                                              1. re: CrazyOne

                                                I tried their root beer. Somewhat weird but in a sort of good way (the stevia note goes reasonably well with root beer flavors).

                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                  Wikipedia lists all aspartame & non-aspartame diet sodas in a nice chart at the end of the page on this link:

                                                  1. re: chimp999

                                                    Wikipedi is not a reliable source. Sorry but since people, anyone at all, can change the content, NO school will honor it as a reliable resource for ANYTHING!

                                                    1. re: JodiB

                                                      Wikipedia is not sufficient for academic research, but it can be a good starting point to find primary sources, and the information available is generally reliable for casual internet discussions. Anyone can change it, but the wikipedia community is pretty good at self policing. It is also good enough for sharing information such as a list of diet sodas on the market and the sweeteners listed on their labels. As is stands, chimp999 posted that wikipedia link 2.5 years ago, and the chart referenced is no longer there.

                                              2. Zevia, awesome sugar free pop, well worth the price to have a natural sweetener. I really like the Black Cherry, and the Rootbeer flavours

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                                                1. re: tickmouse

                                                  Pepsi One is made with Splenda and it is a good alternative to Diet Coke. It is, however, not as widely available as other diet sodas.

                                                2. When I drink diet drinks (which is the only kind I drink) my ears ring terribly. Is this a reaction to the Aspartame or the phenylalanine? Anybody else have this problem? Thanks! Gail

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                                                  1. re: gm28524

                                                    Gail, the reason you have ringing in your ears is from the aspartame........it's caused you to have tinnitis.....I have it as well
                                                    ASPARTAME is poison and should NEVER be consumed...
                                                    Aceulfame is no better.

                                                  2. I haven't read through all the responses but I buy diet Hansen's soda in their "Original Cola" flavor from Trader Joe's (north suburbs of Chicago). It's the tastiest I've ever had and I am a diet soda fiend.

                                                    ETA: Hansen's uses sucralose instead of aspartame for their diet sodas.

                                                    1. I know Shasta's Diet sodas are Splenda sweetened. They're my favorites when It comes to diet sodas (best diet strawberry there is).

                                                      1. Yes, Diet Rite (made by the same company that makes Dr. Pepper and is the oldest soda company) is the only soda to my knowledge that uses Splenda....and it is DELICIOUS. Also, re: powedered iced tea, lemonade etc., the 4-C company is the only one that uses Splenda.

                                                        1. I avoid any kind of diet soda mainly because they usually taste just terrible. However, recently I had what I thought was a "flavored" sparkling water but was instead a diet soda that used sucralose (Splenda) but didn't indicate it clearly on the can. I thought it tasted pretty good for a diet soda. So I guess they are not all the same. However, I'll probably never have it again.

                                                          1. I'm currently in the same predicament. My mother is a severe diabetic so has consumed nearly a liter of Diet Drinks every day as she was rather addicted to Soda's.

                                                            She developed a severe cough and inability to think clearly - which the doctor blamed on her blood sugar and constantly told her "keep your blood sugar in check!" However, she would have cough attacks that made her throw up and her blood sugar was nearly uncontrolable due to that. There were times she even threw up her diabetes medicine (pill obviously).

                                                            That being said, we went through several things to help - even testing her for allergies, to stop the coughing - nothing worked. She went for gluten-free and even vegetarian with no difference. Finally, two weeks ago (after nearly ten years), I stumbled on a website that said that Aspartame can actually irritate the mucus membranes in some people causing a chronic cough.

                                                            BAM. I told my mother and she immediatly stopped all diet drinks: instead she opted for sparkling water with a squirt of fruit juice. In two weeks she has not suffered any of the "cough attacks" and has her blood sugar completely under control. She's even started to drink water (which she was nearly unable to do before because her cough required a soda to "burn away the mucus"). In her coffee she switched to Truvia/Stevia.

                                                            Another lady at the office bought my mother drink mix as something else to add in her water and my mother accepted readily. However, not watching the ingredients, she chugged down 16oz of it and had a coughing fit so bad she nearly passed out. After investigating the box, it had Aspartame. We threw it out and no more coughing.

                                                            So those that say there is no adverse side affects to Aspartame - I can say without a doubt that it made my mothers life absolutely miserable. She couldn't drive, she couldn't eat, and she could hardly breathe - every cough attack had her throwing up and eyes watering to the point she couldn't see. She's since lost ten pounds and has more 'pep' than I have seen in her in over ten years.

                                                            So there. ^_^ Aspartame took my mother from me and my 'kids' - when she stopped it, we have the mother I knew as a child back.

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                                                            1. re: SoftMints

                                                              Another thing she can use in water is Crystal Light PURE. It has to be the PURE version because that is the only one by Crystal Light that doesnt have aspartame. MiO is another water "enhancer" that doesn't use aspartame. It is not bad. It is a liquid that you squirt into the water and they have several favors. My fave is Peach Tea. Hope this helps. :-)

                                                              1. re: JodiB

                                                                Mio has Acesulfame Potassium in it which I just read is about the same as aspartame and the 4C water flavoring which I thought was ok has this Acesulfame Potassium in it as well. Sometimes they take the aspartame out and just substitute it with something that is just as bad so beware of these aspartame substitutes.

                                                              2. re: SoftMints

                                                                Hey! I am currently doing a project the effects of Aspartame. Would it be okay if my group and I used your mother as an example? If not that´s okay, it´s no big deal! Thanks for your time either way.

                                                              3. just don't drink diet soda, and have only one soda a day

                                                                and health nuts fruit juice most consentrate based have as much if not more sugar then soda per serving.

                                                                uncle toms carb thing was to reduce it not go carb free, because simply bread recipies of white used to have a ingrident list like this ( wheat, sugar,....) nuber two on the list was 10% added sugar to make any yeast super fast rises and all that was bad

                                                                now if this is a diabetic question then yea alot of companys offer splenda options or stevia but theirs nothing wrong with aspertame except hype as it's a naturaly occuring brain chemical (you body makes it) the problem is to much.

                                                                unless your crazy then drink water for real

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                                                                1. re: elkahani

                                                                  Look for Dad's Root Beer. It is sweetened with Sucralose.
                                                                  It Tastes GREAT. If you love rootbeer.

                                                                  Sadly it is not available everywhere. You must search for it.

                                                                2. http://www.cascadeicewater.com/ Cascade Ice

                                                                  This is Mr. Sueatmo's fave. It uses sucralose, which I believe is the ingredient in Splenda.

                                                                  1. As things stand at the moment, these are the gradings CSPI gives to artificial sweeteners:

                                                                    Splenda - caution
                                                                    Saccharin - avoid
                                                                    Aspartame - avoid
                                                                    Acesulfame potassium - avoid
                                                                    Rebiana - safe

                                                                    THE PROBLEM WITH SPLENDA FLAVORED COKE AND OTHERS, IS IT IS COMBINED WITH ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (check label - it is next ingredient after Sucralose (Splenda) ) Not sure if Hansons has the Acesulfame potassium in it our not..... Labeling these Sodas with only Splenda displayed prominently is like putting lipstick on a pig.....

                                                                    1. Don't think they use Splenda, use Sucr..... It is good! Diet Rite. Hard to find, though.