Foods
Moderators: chrissy1988, sun123


Truth about aspartame, Splenda, & Stevia!


Quote  |  Reply
I'm sure lots of you know about Spelnda and aspartame, but I decided to do some research on them. I thought i'd share for those of you who drink diet pops/sodas or other drinks like crystal light, and don't know what you're really consuming. They may be low in calories, but they are not healthy for your body to take in.

"It's made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar" FALSE.

 Splenda "is an artificial chemical sweetener manufactured by adding three chlorine atoms to a sugar molecule." Eating splenda is like drinking a swimming pool. There are no long term studies on Splenda yet, so they don't know if its safe or not. But I was thinking more like not safe.

Site - http://truthaboutsplenda.com/index.html   or google "facts on splenda for more info"

ASPARTAME:

What is aspartame? Aspartame is a man-made, high intensity, non-caloric sweetener, used extensively worldwide in over 5,000 products.
When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in  ASPARTAME coverts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes  metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.)

Methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus, many people are being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is. It is a slow silent killer. The EPA recently announced that there was an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus across the United States.

Aspartame actually causes sugar cravings and weight gain!
The US Congressional record states, "Aspartame makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT." Dr. H. J. Roberts, diabetic specialist, stated that when he got patients off aspartame, their average weight loss was 19 pounds per person. It is NOT A DIET PRODUCT!

Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics!
Aspartame is especially deadly for diabetics.  Physicians believe that in many of their diabetic patients with retinopathy, it is caused by the aspartame. The aspartame keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma.

Aspartame Is TOXIC To The Body!
Upon ingestion, aspartame is metabolized to two amino acids (phenylalanine and aspartic acid) and methanol. (Trefz)  Methanol qualifies as an exceptionally toxic substance, even at very low doses. (Roe)  The minimum methanol amount needed to cause death (without medical treatment) is 300-1000 mg./kg. This is equivalent to only 0.85 - 2.85 oz. for a 154 lb. (70 kg.) man (much less for a child). (Kavet)  


http://blpublications.com/html/body_aspartame .html (very useful site)

Stevia: Healthy Alternative to Sugar and Aspartame

Stevia comes from the dried leaves of the stevia plant. It is an excellent natural alternative to sugar. It has no calories, has none of the side effects or health risks of sugar, aspartame and saccharin and is not broken down by heat. Stevia accounts for nearly 40% of the sweetener market in Japan. Due to more strict safety restrictions, aspartame is banned.

(I'm guessing if a sweetner is banned in a country, I wouldn't be consuming it.)

 Stevioside found in stevia is about 30-50 times sweeter than sugar, but it contains no calories. It can be used in cooking and baking in many cases just as sugar is? You simply use much less. A number of good stevia cookbooks are available

Stevia has beneficial effects on glucose tolerance and is therefore helpful for diabetics. (Curi) A recent study in Denmark showed that stevia stimulates insulin secretion. The results indicate that stevia indeed has a potential role as antihyperglycemic agents in the treatment of Type II diabetes.

Its use as a sweetener could reduce one‚??s intake of sugars, reducing our caloric intake. Usually, the powdered herb is added directly to food or beverages.
Stevia also has other benefits as it promotes probiotic growth in the intestinal tract and reduces hypertension (as recently shown in a human double-blind placebo-controlled study. (Chan) Extensive reviews of human and animal data indicate stevia to be safe.

RECIPIES WITH STEVIA!!

For many recipes, one cup sugar can be replaced with about 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered stevia extract.

You can find them half way between this page under the stevia article.

http://blpublications.com/html/body_aspartame .html

BEWARE of Aspartame!
Anytime you see ‚??Reduced Calorie,‚?Ě ‚??Sugar free‚?Ě or ‚??Diet‚?Ě
Aspartame is often found in:
Soft drinks (diet pop)
Over-the-counter and prescription drugs (often listed under "inactive ingredients")
Vitamin & herb supplements
Yogurt
Dressings and Dips
Instant breakfasts
Candy and sweets
Desserts
Dessert whipped topping
Breath mints
Breakfast cereals
Sugar-free chewing gum
Juice beverages
Laxatives
Milk drinks
Shake mixes
Tabletop sweeteners
Cocoa mixes, coffee and tea beverages, instant teas and coffees
Topping mixes
Wine coolers & drink mixes, etc.

I hope this may have helped someone =]
20 Replies (last)
I'm gonna have to go check my yogurt now... eek!
wow.... i had no idea aspartame was so bad. i've heard a little bit but this really freaks me out! look at everything that has it! cereal? yogurt? those are my favorites! this is definitely going to cause a major change in my diet.

thanks for the info elbow!
Yeah i had no idea there was aspartame in cereals or itamins & herb supplements .. or persciption drugs.. scary
I just found an article that says that stevia is linked to metabolic and reproductive disorders in laboratory studies.  (from msn)
I did not, however, and go look for the study behind that statement.

I think the moral here is eat anything at your own risk.  I mean, really, do you know how much sweetened food you would have to eat to get 1 oz of asparatme???  I think that each person just has to say to themselves, what is an acceptable risk? and just go with it.  Your carpets give off toxins, your paint gives off toxins, you drive a car that gives off toxins, every object we use/eat has the potential to be risky for one's health.  Heck, my cell phone is probably giving me brain cancer as I type.  I don't want to live my life in fear of things because of a potential risk that doesnt have scientifically vetted and peer reviewed and accepted research behind it.  If it kills me-- well then, when the scientists do their studies, they can include my stats.  It's the same thing as back in the day that deodorant caused breast cancer.  Everything you find on the internet needs to be taken with a large dose of salt, even if you are watching your sodium ;).
here here, Drea99! i dont lisen to studies anymore they are nealy always tossing food and stuff from good to bad in what seems like days

salmon killls you they say in one, then the next salmon can cure cancer!

it might be bad for you, but bah, at our own risk indeed! im stil lhaving splenda in my coffee when i have it!
It was just information for those who didn't know. They don't have warning labels, some people don't know what they're eating.
fair enough Elbow, and i thank you for adding it. It was very intersting and i did go EAK!! haha when i read it!
OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.  I have like 2-3 diet root beers a day!  AHHHH.  


please dont take offense, but the information on that site is questionable at best, and as they dont provide proper citations (which, if the research exists, is plagarism), it leads me to believe the worst in what they have to say.  i especially worry when the bottom of the article lists the book you should go out and buy. 

i think information is great and we should all be informed consumers.  however, i dont think that fear should be a marketable item nor should websites that market that fear be treated as truth or presented in a way that leads a consumer/the public to be lulled into thinking that the scientific community at large is producing the information.

if you are concerned about chemicals, i think that is great.  but be a savvy researcher and check the credentials of where you get your information.  and then just go with your gut.


edit: please see this link at snopes.com (a highly reputable urban myth debunker) and the links that it gives to read other articles from reputable sites. 

edit: here is a summary of a study done by the WHO about aspartame

edit: here is a list of studies from pubmed/national institute of health you can read for yourself about different effects of aspartame.
No offense taken.

I did take the worst cases, but i started to read your links. thanks
   Sigh I really get tired of people bashing splenda becuase they add chlorine molecules to the sugar structure to create it.  Just becuase something contains a chemical like chlorine does not mean it has ANYTHING to do with other molecules using the same element. It really just comes down to chemistry.  Some of the most deadly substances on earth are created with hydrogen, does that mean that its unsafe to drink water ? It all comes down to stru cture.

   So far Splenda has been tested much more then Stevia and Splenda has no negative effects on the body from many reputable tests while Stevia tests are in their infacy.  Drink Splenda all you want its a safe substance and also its MUCH cheaper then Stevia.
I don't eat artificial sweeteners as I prefer food from a farm not a test tube, and I don't think they are all that great for you.

That said however, they are also not the evil cyanide that some would like to paint them as. Some people are sensitive to them (aspartame gives me migraines), and there are many studies (which I am too lazy to look up) that indicate that when the body tastes sweet and doesn't get calories it will try to make up for it later by eating more.

As to cancer, the jury may still be out, as the amount they usually feed the rats in those studies is often equivalent to drinking several liters of diet soda a day for a year or more, ie nobody is going to do that.  Other stories about it are often exaggerated or ancecdotal with little evidence to back them iup.

Personally I use real sugar, honey or stevia (which I can get at work for practicallhy nothing)  and learn to control how much I use and eat healthy, real food.  Not make believe food

Basically it all comes down to common sense. (hydrogen exsists in water, pure sodium which makes up half of the salt molecule is explosive in air and quite toxic, sugar it self contains hydrogen and carbon). Know about what you are eating and what is in it, make an informed choice and use your logic  not just your emotions . It is a choice

Also when reading studies it is a good idea to read who is paying for it and the qualifications of those doing it, as well as how it was done.  All can cause a bias, and or make the results questionable. ESpecially if it was done by a person or person who stood to gain from the results.



I think its great that u went thur that trouble and posted it. Very useful and some of us will now look at that stuff differently. Better to know then not to know.  Im addicted to splenda, and I heard it can change ur mood, quite honestly, it has.  (not always for the better).  I noticed the change and then found out.  Anyways thank u for the time u put into that forum.  Most CERTAINLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!


I just read in the Sacramento Bee that artificial sweeteners can be the INDIRECT cause of weight gain because they make you crave real sugar.  As far as i know, they don't cause the ACTUAL gain, but thanks for the interesting info.  I asked my mom and she said it would still be ok if i had 1-2 diet drinks a day (she said 2 at most, boo).  I'm just hooked on the stuff!  
When you find information on the internet, it's wise to check out the source and who is paying for the source.  Often this information or mis information is promulgated either by companies seeking to promote, or by competitors seeking to destroy the competition.  Here's a perfect example, according to Snopes.com

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartam e.asp

This is not to say that your information is inaccurate. What I'm saying is, I need to know lots more before I believe anything that is posted on the internet.
I consume a lot of Splenda and artificial sweeteners in flavored water and other sugar free products. I would love to cut my dependancy on these...
Oh god, there are so many different sides to this ;(

I just get confused. lol.
It doesn't have to be complicated elbow!  If you strive for the most natural and healthy diet you can, you'll find yourself giving up additives gradually in favor of unprocessed foods.  When you cut your sweet tooth by cutting back on sugar and sweeteners, then you don't need as much.  When you don't need as much to be satisfied, then you can use just a little honey or molasses to sweeten things, or even just a little refined sugar.  It does take time and commitment.
ditto to clairelaine. 

Aspartame I won't touch.  And it wasn't an internet report that got me to stop, it was a chemist who worked at Searle who told me to stay away, stay far, far away.  He said they had all kinds of data that it was harmful but they knew how to play the FDA game and that it would never be pulled from the market, they were much too connected.  At the time I was drinking Crystal Light and/or Diet Coke almost every day.  He scared the crap out of me and I stopped cold turkey.  I didn't even realize my headaches were related until I quit and my headaches went away.

Do you Crystal Light drinkers know the story of aspartame's approval? After 16 years of not gaining FDA approval because they could not prove it was safe, it was only after Donald Rumsfeld was hired as Searle's CEO that aspartame got approved.  He publicly stated he would use political connections ("call in his markers") to get it approved.  And he did.  Seriously, with all the info out there about aspartame, why would anyone take a risk with this stuff?

For the record, if I sweeten something (rare, you really do lose your taste for it) I use honey, maple syrup or use stevia.  Some people don't like the aftertaste stevia has, but that's usually from using too much. 
I have to agree with the nay sayers... there is a ton of information out there to refute the original post.  Just as there are on potatoes and everything else under the sun.  Do all the research you can and make your own decision.  I have done my research on aspertame as identified in one of the latest posts in this forum under another topic and I find aspertame to be a good alternative.  I have not had any side effects from using it and I've been using it for well over 20 years now... I started using it when I started to gain weight... and I'll never go back to sugar.  Frankly, I don't trust our politicians (including Rumsfeld) to make a decision about my health... they can't even force insurance companies to help people to lose 10 pounds (by paying for prevention to obesity) - but hey, if your - excuse the term as I mean no offense "grossly obese", then you may be a candidate for bypass surgery which is a covered benefit under most insurance plans!  Hum... if they would have helped when you were 10-20 lbs overweight (diet counseling centers, etc) then maybe you wouldn't be a candidate for that dangerous surgery!

Bottom line... do the research, make up your own mind, there will always be someone to refute one or the other:

http://www.aspertame.com

http://www.aspartame.net/

http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/qa-adf9.html

http://www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.265/h ealthissue_detail.asp

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,990167,00.html

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1998/aspartame- 0916.html

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartam e.asp
20 Replies
Recent Blog Post
After many unsuccessful attempts, Kafination took a good look at herself and realized that enough is enough. Despite multiple stressors, she made herself a warrior and battled through a long, hard journey, which was worth every minute. She is now 150 pounds lighter, with a new outlook on life and trying things she'd never thought of doing before.  

Continue reading...