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   Posted 10/30/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
anyone have any thoughts on sugar/nutra sweet?
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   Posted 10/30/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Some will tell you all sorts of sugar and all artificial sweeteners are bad. Others seem to have no problems with them. There's a lot of speculation but no real proof of bad effects on your health, except that we all know too much sugar isn't healthy.
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   Posted 10/30/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I try and avoid Aspartame as much as possible. There are some better alternatives out there to the chemical sweeteners. Aspartame can be broken down into fun things like, aspartic acid, methanol, phenylalanine and formaldehyde. It's been linked to alot of nasty affects on the body, not read a us peer reviewed study on it though. Was touted to be used as an ant killer, which I did my own experiment on and debunked that. Try buying a pack of gum without aspartame.... not too easy.
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   Posted 10/30/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Aspartame (which is Nutra sweet or Equal) is a combination of amino acids, it's considered "probably safe" likely because it hasn't been around long enough for them to know long term effects of far it's never been proven to increase the risk of cancer but rare cases of seizures, headaches, dizziness and a worsening of depression have been cited in those who ingest large amounts (like more than 20 cans of diet soda a day).

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   Posted 10/30/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Some folks are more sensitive to aspartame (Nutrisweet) than others, but it definitely is something that can cause alot of health problems. Here are some links, if you'd like to learn more.

Better to stick with natural sweeteners like sugar or honey, in moderation, or try Stevia as a natural alternative that doesn't adversely affect gut ecology and blood sugar levels.


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   Posted 10/30/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I think Equal tastes bad, myself! I like Splenda, but I know Stevia would be better for me and I WILL try it, soon.
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Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.

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   Posted 10/30/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The only sweetener I can tolerate is honey and small amounts of saccharin. Splenda or aspartame give me all sort of symptoms/flare!
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