“I like it,” admits Altarbo about aspartame. “Not tolerate. Not, ‘If sugar didn’t make me fat and give me cavities, I’d be drinking a Coke. But I guess I can bear to drink this diet cola. Maybe my tears will sweeten it a little …” … There’s something evil about the way it tastes,” says Altarbo. “Something ghostly, sweet but poisonous. I like it. I don’t think I could eat it in a cake or a brownie, but I really enjoy the ‘diet’ drinks. I’ve even been experimenting with putting it in my own tea.”

TheHuntress agrees. “I only drink diet soda (namely diet Coke), not only because I can drink it in large quantities and not rot my teeth, but also because I like it,” she says. “To me regular sodas now taste like syrup and are just far too sweet for me.”

“I don’t know if I like it or not,” says tatamagouche. “I’m just addicted to it, that’s all.”

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