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Addicted to ASPARTAME


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Hey Guys

 

Okay so heres the deal, usually in my daily diet I am consuming aspartame. Whether it be sugar free gum, having a diet soda to adding splenda to my coffee.

However my only concern when I'm consuming this is..am I getting hooked on aspartame??

I know the health effects that aspartame may cause, and I have read both pro's and con's with respect to the Mice study causing the development of NMDA receptor antagonist, etc. However I have also been told that this study does not carry forward to the complexities of human digestion and in order for it to be fully disgested, we have to consume TONNES of sweetner.

Secondly, Diabetes runs in my family...so I avoid eating lots of sugar, however I still have a sweet tooth. Hence I use sweetner as a substitute for my sugar cravings (e.g. Soda). I don't know what will kill me first, diabeties, cancer causing aspartame or me just being stupid :P

So whats the word on Aspartame? Any pro's? Con's? has anyone noticed personal side effects from exessive use? Does anyone have the same addiction to artificial sweetness???

Let me know

Thx!

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My liver started to fail.. and once I kicked out diet drinks all my levels went back to normal. I don't know if that was it... but I'm sure not going back! I also had symptoms of diabetes while I was using aspartame.. but that went away afterwards, too.

I'm kind of disappointed, too.. I used to LOVE aspartame. HUGE advocate of it... that sure slapped me back in the face. =P



Sugar doesn't cause diabetes, by the way..

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I doubt there are any physical addiction issues with aspartame.  BTW, Splenda is not aspartame, it's sucralose.

 

Well it sounds like you've done some research. I would be much more worried about developing diabetes than the artificial sweeteners. Diabetes effects many more people in this country than artificial sweetener toxicity does. If you want something that isn't artificial but has a lower glycemic index than sugar, then you could try something like agave nectar. You can find more stuff like this at wholesomesweeteners.com. When it comes down to it though, since you have a family history of diabetes, if you have a choice between sugar and an artificial sweetener, go with the artificial sweetener.

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Hey Thx Guys...much appreciated.

 

Yeah i notice that I do get frequent headaches since using alot of artificial sweeteners, though that could be coming from all the caffeine I'm consuming. I dunno, with artificial sweeteners, something about the chemical compound just doesn't feel right. I feel like 25 years from now, it may be the new health concern, just like smoking was tolerable earlier.


But at the same time, this stuff is tough to avoid, and more problems may come from high blood sugar than overuse of aspartame.


Oh and i dpetey didnt know splenda was sucralose, is that better or worse for ya?

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A lot of the stuff you hear on artificial sweeteners being bad is just false.  Read a few posts from this, it covers information of a few different sweeteners (by the way, Splenda is sucralose, not aspartame):


http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php? t=291569

I did, but I quit them cold turkey. In my case, I realized it was time to quit when I noticed that the only thing I would drink all day would be diet coke. No water, no juice, no tea, no milk.

Also, I was craving sweets like I never had before the aspartame, so I gave it up entirely.

I never had any problems like headaches or anything- maybe slight memory loss and disorientation, but that may have been other things causing that.

But I do think that the aspartame had something to do with the sweets cravings. I lost a lot of weight once I quit aspartame.

I would be careful and monitor how much you use because it can lead to metabolic disorders and cancer. The key word here is CAN. It's not incredibly dangerous, but I would limit how much I take in. It's been shown that people who drink diet sodas are 50% more likely to gain weight and that aspartame is addictive. Aspartame will not completely prevent diabetes and it does create insulin spikes like any other simple sugar.  You can always have too much of a good thing. I limit myself to two sodas w/ aspartame a week at the most (and no sodas with HFCS). Besides, a lot of the sweets with aspartame have lots of fat in them to replace the lack of sugar. There are more delicious and healthy things out there

 

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.htmlres =9E0CEFD9163EF93AA35750C0A9629C8B63&scp=1 &sq=aspartame+metabolic+disorder&st=n yt

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I've been drinking huge amounts of aspartame since I was 4 years old...My doctors said it's not ideal, but it's not harming me either. I have a huge family history of diabetes so I am more afraid of sugar.

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Original Post by fromage:

Coincidentally, this came out today:

http://www.food.gov.uk/safereating/chemsafe/a dditivesbranch/sweeteners/55174

 I wanted to look at the link- It didn't work! I TRIED AGAIN, THOUGHT IT WORKDED, but it said the page couldn't be found.

 

As for artificial- go easy- just as you would sugar- if you need and crave the sweetness- try and turn to natural fruits and other things that can be sugary without harming your weight- I have to say, I like this male domination in this forum- Its nice to see men so concerned, and please don't take that the wrong way!

Original Post by mammamoosh:

Original Post by fromage:

Coincidentally, this came out today:

http://www.food.gov.uk/safereating/chemsafe/a dditivesbranch/sweeteners/55174

I wanted to look at the link- It didn't work! I TRIED AGAIN, THOUGHT IT WORKDED, but it said the page couldn't be found.

As for artificial- go easy- just as you would sugar- if you need and crave the sweetness- try and turn to natural fruits and other things that can be sugary without harming your weight- I have to say, I like this male domination in this forum- Its nice to see men so concerned, and please don't take that the wrong way!


You need to delete the space in the URL when you cut and paste in in your browser.

I would post the hotlink, but my HTML features are not working for some reason.

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Original Post by palipride47:

I would be careful and monitor how much you use because it can lead to metabolic disorders and cancer. The key word here is CAN. It's not incredibly dangerous, but I would limit how much I take in. It's been shown that people who drink diet sodas are 50% more likely to gain weight and that aspartame is addictive. Aspartame will not completely prevent diabetes and it does create insulin spikes like any other simple sugar. You can always have too much of a good thing. I limit myself to two sodas w/ aspartame a week at the most (and no sodas with HFCS). Besides, a lot of the sweets with aspartame have lots of fat in them to replace the lack of sugar. There are more delicious and healthy things out there

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.htmlres =9E0CEFD9163EF93AA35750C0A9629C8B63&scp=1 &sq=aspartame+metabolic+disorder&st=n yt

so aspartame CAN slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight?

 

i'm not talking about how it gives you cravings, i'm talking about an actual metabolic slow down. just curious.

Please consider this: 

"...(T)he American Cancer Society has confirmed that users of artificial sweeteners gained more weight than those who didn't use the products, further undermining the supposed "purpose" for the existence of aspartame in food.

"The major selling point of aspartame is as a diet aid, and it has been demonstrated that the use of this product actually causes people to consume more food. Normally, when a significant quantity of carbohydrate are consumed, serotonin levels rise in the brain. This is manifested as a relaxed feeling after a meal. When aspartame is ingested with carbohydrates, such as having a sandwich with a diet drink, aspartame causes the brain to cease production of serotonin, meaning that the feeling of having had enough never materializes. You then eat more foods, many containing aspartame, and the cycle continues. Monsanto's profit from its NutraSweet Division was $993 million in 1990."http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/frau d.htm (you'll be especially interested in the "symptoms" section).

So, yes, you can indeed be addicted to aspartame.

Originally, it was conceived as rat poison and was inadvertently tasted and tested for food cosumption by researchers.  The list of reasons as to why we should call for a ban on artificial sweeteners is very long indeed...

Check out one woman's experiment with aspartame and then, perhaps, you'll want to reconsider whether or not you want to keep on having headaches:  http://myaspartameexperiment.com/index.php

Sorry to be such a party-pooper, but if you want a sugar hit, it's better to go with the least refined source possible (maple syrup, turbinado, rapadura, honey, etc. -- NOT corn syrup or fructose-glucose in an isolated form!). 

What about plain old fruit?

laya
Jun 01 2008 20:59
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Hi ,

I am a diabetic I have been using equal since 1990 my doctor an encrinolgist ( diabetic specialist) has told me numerous times that there is nothing wrong with aspartame and that the data supports that. She saids that what you hear in the media is BS. So you are fine, besides if that was to be true I would be dead by now as well as million other diabetics. So relax look at this way if you don't whatch your sugar you will die for sure just from diabetes ( if you get it).

Laya

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