For those who have aches and pains, check and read the labels of the products you're consuming. I have a couple of pals, that can't eat anything with aspertame (Nutrasweet) in it.
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I have fibromyalgia and if I consume anything with NutraSweet it really does bother me. I hurt more than usual and it also gives me migraine headaches like you wouldn't believe. And nothing helps...they have to go away on their own and it usually takes 2 to 3 days. It's nasty stuff and I don't allow anything with NutraSweet in my house.
It took me several weeks to track what was making me dizzy. It didn't happen everyday, but it was enough to make me start wondering about the Equal (Aspertame) I was using in my coffee and tea. When I quit using it, I had no more problems. My husband gets headaches that rip the top of hid head off if he has any artificial sweetener. Check those lables close.
I, too, get an instant migraine if I consume aspertame. I avoid all artificial sweeteners if I "know" they're in a product. If I don't know, I can usually tell within seconds. I do hope people aren't giving "sugar free" products to their children.
I used to use Nutrisweet (Equal) all the time in my coffee and tea. I also drank diet pop....no more! I quit about 10 years ago. I read something that sort of scared me and decided to just quit it. I don't know if it was the reason I had bad headaches....there were a couple other reasons I could have had headaches, including high blood pressure; however I got off nutrisweet and decided I didn't need to consume it anymore. I went back to sugar and just try to use less! I do not give any sugar free products to my children.
I asked a Molecular Biologist about aspartame. This is what he told me:
He was unimpressed with the tests, says to wait for more tests before making any final decisions. The great bulk of testing has shown it to be harmless.
The NY Times recently ran an article about aspartame. We discussed the points that had been omitted from the newspaper's information.
The disparity between control and experimental groups was greater than usual because the control group had a smaller than usual percent less cancers, so that made the experimental group statistically higher.
The statistical significance % of both groups not quoted.
There are great differences in the purebred strains of lab rats. A specific sensitive type could have been chosen to show up results that are both atypical and one sided.
There were not an increasing number of malignancies exhibited by increasing the amount of aspartame. If aspartame were that toxic, the malignancies should have increased along with the dosage.
Methanol is converted to formaldehyde, but it takes massive amounts of exposure to be toxic. The methanol toxicity info was originally picked up from huge formaldehyde concentrations in walls of buildings.
Wood alcohol is safely and normally burned in the body like most toxic substances in small amounts.
As aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar, the amount of aspartame in soda is not very great. Only 5% to 10% of the aspartame is the weight of the wood achohol, and this represents a fraction of a fraction in the soda.
A certain percentage of people in any test administered are convinced they have the symptoms of the disease or side effects being researched.
PKU is a normal constituent of protein. The amount of PKU in aspartame is negligible. Commercial cutthroatism forced them to put the PKU warning on the label. If it were that unusual, it should also be on every meat package!!!
Splenda is a mild laxative and aspartame isnt.
And lastly, 200 million people are using aspartame and there should be more negative results if it were really that harmful.
I found this to be both enlightening and interesting. Hope you do, too.
Watch out for Splenda too. It is not made from sugar but chlorine. I have had several patients who are allergic to chlorine have the same reaction to Splenda. Splenda ( sucralose) is not in everything and you wont even see a Splenda symbol on the package but sucralose on the ingredients. It is even added to sugar sweetened items. Avoid all artifical sweeteners at all costs.
Dr Beth...Splenda is made from Sugar, but processed with chlorine (you are right about the allergies!)
When all the hype about wonderful new Splenda hit the news and magazines I was curious about it. I was NOT curious enough to go out and buy a bag of it. After some time had passed I started having digestive problems. At first I thought I had a "bug" and gave it time to run it's course. My problems continued and became worse. At unexplained intervals I would feel a strong urge to have a bowel movement about every 20 to 30 minutes.....with no results! I became very anxious about my health and started to wonder if I had a serious health issue. My first husband died of cancer so that thought was never far from my mind. I was at the point of going to my family doctor when I had a chance meeting with an adult nephew. He told me he had recently been diagnosed as diabetic and was struggling to change his diet. He said he noticed that anything containing Splenda or sucralose really caused him to have horrible digestive/bowel problems and that he avoided eating anything with those ingredients. When I got home I reached in the refrigerator for a cold drink...my usual Diet Rite cola.......no caffeine, no sodium, no calories! I happened to glance at the can and noticed a new symbol, so I looked closer. SPLENDA! The dang company had switched artificial sweetners! I remembered what my nephew had said about his problems with Splenda. I decided to stop drinking the Diet Rite immediately plus I carefully looked at ALL ingredient labels from that point on. I was shocked at how many companies had switched to using Splenda in their products. Lo and behold! My digestive/bowel problems stopped as soon as I quit putting Splenda/sucralose into my body! It made me angry when I remembered how much I had worried, how much pain I suffered and how much money several visits to the doctor would have cost me.....trying to solve my medical mystery.
Dr. Beth is absolutely right when she says to avoid using artificial sweetners! We need to avoid "artificial" everything in our foods! I believe all the preservatives, artificial colors, flavors etc. that we ingest continuously are harmful to our bodies and in time will play a role in major health issues we all will have! The best food choices we can make are fresh and unprocessed. The more "instant" or "ready to eat" a food item is the more chemicals and preservatives it contains.........and fewer good nutrients for our bodies.
ANOTHER thing it does is deplete the seritonin level in your body...so all of you who are struggling with depression may be fighting a losing battle if you consume this sweetener.
I've always hated these artificial sweeteners, the minute I take the first sip and they taste like poison to me. The experts change their minds about everything throughout the years (possibly depending on who is paying them.) I think if we trust our bodies to tell us what doesn't agree with it, we do better than if we march to the beat of the experts.
One sweetener that I believe is safe and seems to be actually good for you is Xylitol, it is low calorie birch sugar. It is expensive but well worth the cost, tastes just like cane sugar, and actually helps with starving the bacteria because of it's make up.
Just my 2 cents.
Susan from ThriftyFun
I used aspertame for years in my tea [I average about a gallon a day]. When I stopped, I noticed a change in the frequency and severity of my migraines. I now use stevia in my green tea, and my migraines are much easier to deal with. And overall, I feel better.
I could not agree more!! I am a Massage Therapist, and have seen amazing results in my clients when they decide to end the use of ALL artificial sweeteners. From migraine headaches, general body pain, intestinal complications, and more.... I would never consume artificial sweeteners and will not allow my daughter to have any of it either. I am glad to see the posted notes about STEVIA - a wonderful herbal sweetener that does not affect the glycemic index.
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