One summer when I was in my mid-20s, I started having some health issues.  I was having chest tightness, chest pain and tachycardia (heart racing) pretty regularly.  Pretty scary, right?  I was young but I had a series of tests done and everything looked okay but no doctors could figure out what was going on.

Finally one day one doctor asked me to tell him about my daily diet. One of my daily habits was Diet Coke.  Lots of it.  This was over 13 years ago and people didn’t really talk badly about aspartame back then but he told me to cut it out completely and see how I felt.  I’m sure you know how this story ends – my chest pains and problems stopped.

To this day, I can’t have anything with aspartame in it without having a bout with tachycardia.  Because of that, I’ve generally stayed way from anything with artificial sweeteners in it – meaning I either don’t drink something at all or have the one that’s full of regular sugars.  Which has made it hard at diet time as lowering calories generally means using an artificial sweetener.

Not so with Tropicana’s Trop50.  This is the key piece I loved:

No artificial sweeteners. Trop50’s made with Stevia, which is an extract from a natural plant.  I love it because it’s something I can have and it helps me to fulfill one of my New Years Resolutions which is to get in shape and lose a couple of pounds!  50% less sugar and good taste works for me.  I recently tried the Raspberry Lemonade flavor – delicious and no nasty aspartame taste of aftereffects.

Trop50 True Resolutions celebrates the real reasons behind New Year’s resolutions. Share your secret motivation and you’ll earn a coupon for $1 off Trop50 for yourself on the Trop50 Facebook page!  You can also follow @TropicanaOJ on Twitter.

Disclaimer:  I received a gift card and a coupon for my participation in this campaign.


  1. Aspartame is HORRIBLE stuff. Causes all sorts of ‘not to scooby-do’ side effects. Should be taken off the market, period.

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