Sugar-free Drinks of DoomDuring the summer, I got into the (bad) habit of drinking a 750ml bottle of Pepsi Max (artificially-sweetened Pepsi) every two days or so. This continued as I went back to college.
Anyway, for the last few weeks I hadn't had any. Then on Thursday I bought a bottle, drank some of it, and practically collapsed with exhaustion for the rest of the day. I didn't really think much of this, and finished the bottle on Friday morning. Whereupon the same thing happened again. Nothing to do with caffeine; most of my caffeine intake is generally from coffee anyway.
Now, one of the sweeteners in Pepsi Max is Aspartame, detested by health-food nuts and the mad people who sell them everywhere. It is claimed that it is associated with brain cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches... All without any particularly credible evidence. I'm generally quite sceptical about such things, and I realise that this is no more than anecdotal evidence.
That said, whatever about it doing me harm, it's certainly doing me no good. So, I'm not going to drink it any more. Seems easy, really, now that I've made that decision...