I am a diet soda addict
I go through phases of stopping, then take one drink and get hooked all over again!
I like diet Shasta soda though, it uses sucralose instead of aspartame.
The studies linking cancer/artificial sweeteners were done in the 70's, and they were rather flawed ( I wish I had the exact info handy, I read a very good article about it recently but for the life of me can't remember where. I think in one of my nutrition magazines, I will look)
Anyway - more recent studies have refuted the cancer link.
I mostly use artificial sweeteners in small quantities, like in my tea and such. I find they're not suitable for important things like baked goods
but handy for cutting out some of those "extra" calories that are so easy to pick up without even realizing it....like sweetening drinks, etc. For me I'd rather splurge once a week on a dessert and save 30 cal in sugar the rest of the days of the week than compromise the quality of my dessert.
I'm a sweet fiend!
I have tried Stevia....I found that it had a bitter aftertaste, has anyone else noticed this?