To date, FDA has not determined any consistent pattern of symptoms that can be attributed to the use of aspartame, nor is the agency aware of any recent studies that clearly show safety problems.
Our research revealed over 6000 web sites that mention aspartame, with many hundreds alleging aspartame to be the cause of multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosis, Gulf War Syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain tumours, and diabetes mellitus, among many others. Virtually all of the information offered is anecdotal, from anonymous sources and is scientifically implausible.
Health scare artists have found a whole new medium for terrorizing the public — the Internet. Individuals in search of accurate health information may literally become caught in the Web, where health hoaxes and urban medical myths run rampant. The health scare messages are always the same — whatever it is, it will make you sick.
A highly inaccurate "chain letter" is being circulated via e-mail warning the reader of the health dangers of aspartame (Nutrasweet) diet drinks. There is so much scientific untruth in it, it’s scary. Be careful, because others know how to manipulate you by this. Just because something is beyond your comprehension doesn’t mean it is scientific.
Analysis of the National Cancer Institute's public data base on cancer incidence in the United States — the SEER Program — does not support an association between the use of aspartame and increased incidence of brain tumors.
Even daily large doses of the high-intensity sweetener aspartame, also known as NutraSweet, had no adverse effect on study subjects' health and well-being, a visiting scientist at MIT reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last week. "We conclude that aspartame is safe for the general population," said Paul A. Spiers, visiting scientist in the Clinical Research Center (CRC).
A widely disseminated e-mail by a "Nancy Markle" links aspartame to Alzheimer's, birth defects, brain cancer, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome, lupus, multiple sclerosis and seizures. Right away, the long list warrants skepticism. Just as no single chemical cures everything, none causes everything.
So who's correct??? It's insideous because this stuff is in most everything that is "sugar free". But my motto is "everything in moderation". My mom used to tell me about going to parties "Taste everything and eat nothing and at the end of the night you've had a full meal". Well I think that applies to stuff with aspartame. Personally, I try to avoid it, but will I give up my sugar free ice cream because it's sweetened with aspertame??? Not on your life!!!! Will I put equal or splenda in my coffee? For the time being I'll use stevia. In the long run, all this stuff will probably kill you, but the REAL question is
"Will it kill you as quickly as if you used real sugar?"
Regarding aspartame. I have been reading about the negative reports going around about it. There is no denial that it can cause some reactions in people from diarhea to headaches. I do find it confusing that some studies admit to that and others will not, so I have to believe the difference is in the way the study was conducted. I have not read any of them in their entirety, just reviews similar to what Warren has printed. My husband is diabetic and has no problem tolerating it, but I cannot. I certainly agree that moderation is probably the best way to go with any food.
As far as headaches go, it appears that our oldest boy gets a bad headache if he is drinks too many beverages sweetened with aspartame. I'm wondering if anyone has heard an explanation as to why some of these reactions occur in some people? It is consistent in some people, though obviously not in everyone. I am not an alarmist and I don't believe it is "the" cause of some of those dreadful diseases listed, but at the same time I do believe it can make some people ill. True, it still may be safe for the "general population".
The point I am trying to make is while rumors need to be quashed, let's not totally deny there are plenty of people around that can not tolerate aspartame. It is my opinion, that if a study fails to show that then a good cross-section of people were not used. At the same time, I do feel it is a very useful product and I am glad it is available. I think that little question at the end about "will it kill you as quickly as if you used real sugar" puts it into proper perspective.
Sorry it's taken me awhile to reply - I can't access the site during the day while at work. Security warning pops up.
I could post several sites stating the dangerous chemicals in these sweeteners, but it's basically people believe what they want and can find sites supporting either side of their case. I personally won't use them, but I realize that some people have to keep the variety in their lives while trying to maintain the dietetic goals. From a personal note - my mother and father-in-law have been major consumers of both artificial swetteners for years. He has stomach trouble all of the time and she has lost one kidney to cancer and has tumors on the other one. Maybe coincidence, but I'm not going to use it period.
I'm extremely frugal in my use of the real stuff. If I want flavored yogurt, I put one-half teaspoon blackberry spread in one-half cup yogurt. That amounts to about 11 grams of carbs for the entire snack. And, I only eat that snack a few hours after eating no carbs for supper. I like wheat bread, so I buy Rudi's Organic Low-carb and eat only one slice. It's the most natural, Healthy bread that I've found. I even know which burger places in the region have whole wheat buns. I only eat one part of the bun -- hard to hold but it's what I do. No fries, chips, or onion rings either. Some places will sell just the patties for under $1, which comes in handy when I need a protein snack on the road. I have found that totally abstaining from things just causes more problems with the eventual binge.
The good news is that I've been right at or below 100 in the morning after getting back on Glyburide and Metformin. The 2 hour post readings are usually around 120- 140. I dropped the suppliments except for alpha-lipoic acid and evening primrose oil. I'm taking 2.5mg Glyburide morning and evening. Does anyone know the maximum dosage?