Aspartame vs. Stevia: Is Stevia Safe?

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Review of: Zevia Cola
Product by Zevia:
Zevia
Price:
$1.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On July 24, 2014
Last modified:July 24, 2014

Summary:

Although I've listed the price of a 12 oz. can of Zevia Cola here as $1.00, it varies incredibly. I recommend giving one a taste, and then going all out and ordering crates at a time from Amazon (http://amzn.to/Uub6hy).

Looking at this beverage as a purely Diet Coke or Coca Cola substance does put it at a little bit of a disadvantage, it's like comparing traditional bread to gluten free bread you know? Although I think that's more to do with us enjoying bad things a little too much.The drink itself tastes a lot like the cola you would get from a pump at McDonalds, or those in Subway, but served fresh out of the can over ice it hits the same delightful spot as the "good stuff". It's just as bubbly too!

Overall you've got a tasty and incredibly (I can't stress this enough) healthier alternative to mainstream sodas (or pop as we like to call it in the UK). At a great price point, your brain will breathe a sigh of relief if it could.

First it was 2 litres of Coca Cola or Dr Pepper every 4 days during my school days, then, when I graduated to University it became 12 cans of diet coke every 7 days – we all have our vices. Mine, and many other people’s from what I hear, came in the form of an ice cold and beautifully bubbly substance that drew me in under the guise of “fruity beverage”. Let’s be honest, Dr Pepper doesn’t taste like any fruit I’ve ever had, how about you? Nah, didn’t think so.

Remember those stories and, with the inevitable progression of technology, videos? You know the one, where some kid puts a dull penny in a glass of Coca Cola and leaves it for a few hours. We all know what comes next, a shiny coin that makes you feel incredibly guilty about what you’ve been feeding your insides for the last quarter of your life. If the drink can strip a coin, how is your stomach fairing? *shudders*

This beverage battle is staged in such a way that you think you’ve made the healthy choice through switching from Coca Cola to Diet Coke, it did a number on me that’s for sure. Trouble is, that with this switch you go from chewing up your digestive system to chewing up your brain.

That’s right! You go from Coca Cola and its high fructose corn syrup (or glucose-fructose) to Diet Coke with its artificial sweetener (and neurotoxin) Aspartame. Now for an individual who suffers from a number of mental disorders I don’t think my already debilitated brain needs further incapacitation with the introduction of “toxins that target the nervous system and disrupt the signaling that allows neurons to communicate effectively” (davidson.edu). My neurons are already having a pretty tricky time without a “poison that acts on the nervous system” (define:neurotoxin).

If you’re unsure of how neurotoxins and neurons are anything to do with brain function here’s a quick one liner:

“[…]neurons within the brain create the complex circuits and pathways responsible for a plethora of thought processes, biological responses, and vital functioning” – Toxpiedia

Poisoning these guys is not cool.

“So now I can’t drink anything?!” I hear you say! Never fear, Zevia is here. Zevia is a company which creates and distributes fruity flavoured soft drinks sweetened with the all natural sweetener, Stevia. Whilst the likes of aspartame and splenda are being proven harmful, Stevia is hitting it out of the park as essentially the only safe sweetener out there.

Perhaps now you’re scared because you sweeten your coffee with Splenda? Don’t worry, you can buy stevia in powder or liquid form pretty much anywhere now, we tend to use Skinny Girl.

Then there’s always the question: but what does it taste like?! Here’s my review!

Featured image with thanks to Truvia.

Zevia Cola Review

Zevia Cola Review

Although I've listed the price of a 12 oz. can of Zevia Cola here as $1.00, it varies incredibly. I recommend giving one a taste, and then going all out and ordering crates at a time from Amazon (http://amzn.to/Uub6hy). Looking at this beverage as a purely Diet Coke or Coca Cola substance does put it at a little bit of a disadvantage, it's like comparing traditional bread to gluten free bread you know? Although I think that's more to do with us enjoying bad things a little too much.The drink itself tastes a lot like the cola you would get from a pump at McDonalds, or those in Subway, but served fresh out of the can over ice it hits the same delightful spot as the "good stuff". It's just as bubbly too! Overall you've got a tasty and incredibly (I can't stress this enough) healthier alternative to mainstream sodas (or pop as we like to call it in the UK). At a great price point, your brain will breathe a sigh of relief if it could.
Review of: Zevia Cola
Product by Zevia:
Zevia
Price:
$1.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On July 24, 2014
Last modified:July 24, 2014

Summary:

Although I've listed the price of a 12 oz. can of Zevia Cola here as $1.00, it varies incredibly. I recommend giving one a taste, and then going all out and ordering crates at a time from Amazon (http://amzn.to/Uub6hy).

Looking at this beverage as a purely Diet Coke or Coca Cola substance does put it at a little bit of a disadvantage, it's like comparing traditional bread to gluten free bread you know? Although I think that's more to do with us enjoying bad things a little too much.The drink itself tastes a lot like the cola you would get from a pump at McDonalds, or those in Subway, but served fresh out of the can over ice it hits the same delightful spot as the "good stuff". It's just as bubbly too!

Overall you've got a tasty and incredibly (I can't stress this enough) healthier alternative to mainstream sodas (or pop as we like to call it in the UK). At a great price point, your brain will breathe a sigh of relief if it could.

First it was 2 litres of Coca Cola or Dr Pepper every 4 days during my school days, then, when I graduated to University it became 12 cans of diet coke every 7 days – we all have our vices. Mine, and many other people’s from what I hear, came in the form of an ice cold and beautifully bubbly substance that drew me in under the guise of “fruity beverage”. Let’s be honest, Dr Pepper doesn’t taste like any fruit I’ve ever had, how about you? Nah, didn’t think so.

Remember those stories and, with the inevitable progression of technology, videos? You know the one, where some kid puts a dull penny in a glass of Coca Cola and leaves it for a few hours. We all know what comes next, a shiny coin that makes you feel incredibly guilty about what you’ve been feeding your insides for the last quarter of your life. If the drink can strip a coin, how is your stomach fairing? *shudders*

This beverage battle is staged in such a way that you think you’ve made the healthy choice through switching from Coca Cola to Diet Coke, it did a number on me that’s for sure. Trouble is, that with this switch you go from chewing up your digestive system to chewing up your brain.

That’s right! You go from Coca Cola and its high fructose corn syrup (or glucose-fructose) to Diet Coke with its artificial sweetener (and neurotoxin) Aspartame. Now for an individual who suffers from a number of mental disorders I don’t think my already debilitated brain needs further incapacitation with the introduction of “toxins that target the nervous system and disrupt the signaling that allows neurons to communicate effectively” (davidson.edu). My neurons are already having a pretty tricky time without a “poison that acts on the nervous system” (define:neurotoxin).

If you’re unsure of how neurotoxins and neurons are anything to do with brain function here’s a quick one liner:

“[…]neurons within the brain create the complex circuits and pathways responsible for a plethora of thought processes, biological responses, and vital functioning” – Toxpiedia

Poisoning these guys is not cool.

“So now I can’t drink anything?!” I hear you say! Never fear, Zevia is here. Zevia is a company which creates and distributes fruity flavoured soft drinks sweetened with the all natural sweetener, Stevia. Whilst the likes of aspartame and splenda are being proven harmful, Stevia is hitting it out of the park as essentially the only safe sweetener out there.

Perhaps now you’re scared because you sweeten your coffee with Splenda? Don’t worry, you can buy stevia in powder or liquid form pretty much anywhere now, we tend to use Skinny Girl.

Then there’s always the question: but what does it taste like?! Here’s my review!

Featured image with thanks to Truvia.

Zevia Cola Review

Zevia Cola Review

Although I've listed the price of a 12 oz. can of Zevia Cola here as $1.00, it varies incredibly. I recommend giving one a taste, and then going all out and ordering crates at a time from Amazon (http://amzn.to/Uub6hy). Looking at this beverage as a purely Diet Coke or Coca Cola substance does put it at a little bit of a disadvantage, it's like comparing traditional bread to gluten free bread you know? Although I think that's more to do with us enjoying bad things a little too much.The drink itself tastes a lot like the cola you would get from a pump at McDonalds, or those in Subway, but served fresh out of the can over ice it hits the same delightful spot as the "good stuff". It's just as bubbly too! Overall you've got a tasty and incredibly (I can't stress this enough) healthier alternative to mainstream sodas (or pop as we like to call it in the UK). At a great price point, your brain will breathe a sigh of relief if it could.

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Natalie Wright is a blonde, english, 20-something that has the pleasure of blogging with the Cardinal family. Her column is "Food for Thought" and discusses the effects of food and supplementation on cognitive ability. When not blogging on Elevenses, Natalie can often be found ranting about digital marketing on Google+ and twitter.

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