I'm a soda junkie. I've tried to quit, but I just can't. So I decided years back that at the very least I would try drinking diet soda. But of course, I hated regular diet Pepsi and diet Coke.
Other diet drinks came and went over the years that were actually bearable to me... diet pepsi vanilla, pepsi jazz. I suppose diet dr pepper was pretty good, relatively speaking, if you like regular dr pepper. I don't.
About a year ago, i noticed that Pepsi had TWO diet products out aside from standard diet... Pepsi One and Pepsi Max. Comparing the ingredient labels, I saw that Max was sweetened with aspartame, while One was sweetened with Splenda. Aspartame is bad, so I went with Pepsi One. Of course, you had to expect that Pepsi wouldn't maintain two alternate diet products forever... and you also have to expect that the one I LIKED would not be the one to survive. But Pepsi Max is fine, too, and oddly enough I found one last Pepsi One in the back of the fridge when doing a little cleaning, and discovered it didn't taste quite as good as Max.
So anyway, my goal has been to stay away from full-sugared sodas. So I would drink Pepsi Max at home, and when I would eat out, stick to diet pepsi as horrible as it is. But a weird think happened... it turns out Pepsi Max was a gateway to diet Pepsi, because I don't dislike the taste anymore. I used to think Diet Pepsi was pretty vile liquid... now if you switched diet for regular on me, I'm not entirely sure I'd notice the difference.