July 03, 2005
Diet Coke With Splenda: How Christy Decided that Carcinogens and Short-Term Memory Loss Were Perfectly Acceptable
Posted by Christine Hurt

OK, this post is not as meaty as my co-bloggers' posts this weekend, but I want to warn people.  Diet Coke with Splenda tastes nasty.  Remember Tab?  Remember how you had never heard the word "aftertaste" and it probably didn't exist until Tab was invented?  DCW/S is worse.  A colleague who will remain nameless (ok, Scott M.) told me it was amazing.  But Scott doesn't like Diet Coke.  DCW/S is Diet Coke for people who don't like Diet Coke, but maybe liked Tab.

I did not taste DC until I was in college.

I remember the exact day that I bought a Big Gulp for 49 cents the summer between my first and second years of college.  It was a sunny day, and I was "laying out," which is not a salacious term, but the act of basking in the sun hoping that your skin will turn a different color and never once thinking that you would get skin cancer.  I was reading Time magazine.  Ah, memories.  Since then, I have been on and off "the sauce," as my husband calls it.  Ambrosia of the Gods, that's what I call it.  Sometimes I drink caffeine-free DC, which is ok.  I like DC from a fountain better than a bottle, and a bottle better than a can.  I don't know if it has saccharin, which supposedly kills rats in the laboratory, or Nutrasweet, which supposedly causes some sort of memory loss.  I really don't like rats, and I have a few memories I could do without, so I'll stick with regular DC and leave DCW/S alone.

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