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Sheila1366
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   Posted 5/31/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone heard that this can affect fibro. ? My husband was doing some reading about it and found that it can make fibro. worse. We threw away all our articial sweetners this morning.
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   Posted 5/31/2010 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not found that to be true.  I do use a little artificial sweetner (Splenda).  It's in soft drink that I buy and rarely drink, and a couple of other products I use, too.  But, I'm diabetic.  Most generally though I stick with sugar.
 
Your husband probably was reading about aspertame...Nutrisweet.   Here is a link about safety.  I got this off the National Institute of Health site.
 
 
If you are not diabetic, did you know there are supposedly only 15 calories in a teaspoon of sugar?
 
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Jokat
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   Posted 5/31/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have definately found the Aspartame aggrivates my Fm. Once I gave it up my pain decreased significantly.  I was suprised by how much of an effect Aspartame was having on my Fm...
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Chutz
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   Posted 5/31/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
There are people who are affected or are sensitive to any of the artificial products on the market. Remember the MSG hype. Yes, those who are sensitive have a drastic reaction. But the majority have no problem at all. Many of the people who have problems with Aspartame are those with PKU and can't process it. One review I read found that there are over 6000 internet sites with scare warnings on artificial sweeteners, none of which have documented proof of their claims. The FDA, and scientific research groups have studied these things more than most any other edible product on the market and still, except in isolated cases, don't find any problems.

Here's a bit from the American Council on Science and Health:

"Aspartame is one of the most thoroughly tested substances in the U.S. food supply. Numerous authorities, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the FAO/WHO, the European Community, and the American Medical Association have concluded that aspartame is a safe product, except in the rare cases of phenylketonuria. For more information on aspartame, please refer to ACSH's peer-reviewed booklet Low Calorie Sweeteners. And beware of Internet health hoaxes. "

This is the link to the full article.
www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.265/healthissue_detail.asp

But if you are someone who actually has a reaction to these products then by all means don't use them. Being insulin dependent diabetic I do use Splenda and on occasion Equal. I don't have any problems from either one. There are times I don't have any for long periods and see no change so for me I'll keep using them.

Below are other links on the web sites and emails that are declaring these products unsafe and 'killers'.

Just my opinion here...
Chutz

www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp
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SillyMe2
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   Posted 5/31/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I am sensitive to whatever is in there or the process to get it there. Anything that gives me a headache and/or swells my tongue can't be good for me. I do give them a try and actually find they are too sweet and increase my thirst. I'm more of a salt person though. But love my Caffeine free Pepsi.

Alcie
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   Posted 5/31/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sensitive to the cheaper sugar from sugar beets. I can't use non-labeled sugar, only pure cane sugar. Beet sugar is processed with sulfite for bleaching.

I don't like the tast of any of the artificial sweeteners except Splenda. I find the taste of all forms of stevia bitter. A lot of the products marketed to diabetics are actually worse for spiking blood sugar.

Any of the sugar alcohols - stuff with -ol on the end of the name - give me diarrhea. Sorbitol ...

Agave nectar is mainly fructose and glucose, so it still spikes the blood sugar.
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finallyreallycrazy
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   Posted 5/31/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been told....not experienced that the use of artifical sweeteners can mimick the symptoms of MS. The only reason i have heaard this is I just recently went thru the testing...again....for MS. I do not have MS, but have been told to stay away from diet drinks. However, I have to admit that I am addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper!!!!!
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it's a new day
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   Posted 5/31/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I gave up artificial sweetners after Christmas, but really did not notice any difference in how I felt or my pain level.

Sheila1366
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   Posted 6/1/2010 2:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the input.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.


AustenFan
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   Posted 6/1/2010 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
They don't seem to affect me at all. I haven't found that any foods or drinks affect my fibro negatively or positively.
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   Posted 6/1/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   

We use sweet n low or Splenda around here because of the hubby's high blood sugar but I do drink regular Coke.  I have never noticed a difference in my symptoms by adding or eliminating different foods and I've had fibro since the beginning of time.  Everyone is different as far as sensitivies go.  I have to leave the room if someone is wearing perfume.

 

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Jokat
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   Posted 6/1/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I gave up my beloved Diet Coke 2 months ago. Within days I felt better than I had in a couple years....
Even two months later my flares are shorter and fewer than they were for the last couple years.
 
I am no Scientist, but I do suffer from FM.... I think that it is evident in my case that Aspartame can have a detrimental effect on Fm.
I do not know how many of the scientists testing Aspartame were Fibro sufferers.....
 


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Post Edited (Jokat) : 6/1/2010 6:59:20 AM (GMT-6)


Wanderer
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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I stay away from all products that contain aspartame - try and research the FDA's initial findings on Aspartame and how it eventually approved aspartame and you'll likely do the same.

An excellent natural alternative that comes with health benefits is Stevia.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to be addicted to Diet Coke...seriously addicted. I ended up quitting them cold turkey while in hospital for something else. I was amazed how much better I felt after stopping.

Was it the aspertame? the colouring? Who knows...I just know that I can't handle aspertame any longer. I have avoided all the other sugar substitutes out there for any cooking or baking, etc. and only use real sugar now, just to be safe.

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Sheila1366
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   Posted 6/16/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, it has been a couple of weeks and I honestly can't tell a difference. I miss my diet drinks since I am so thirsty all the time, I can only drink so much water.
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Jokat
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   Posted 6/16/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sheila,
 
Drink gaterade whenever you need a change. Dehydration only exacerbates some of the symptoms. There is even a variety 18 pk of gaterade at Walmart.
 
Get away from the diet drinks. I too was addicted to my 6 to 8 diet cokes a day. I will never go back to aspartame. 3 months and feel better than I have in five years!
JoKat
 
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