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Old 06-26-2005, 08:10 PM   #1
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Dangers of Aspartame

What do you all think about this?

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Old 06-26-2005, 08:16 PM   #2
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With the low-carb diet kick everybody seems to be on, there's tons of DIET soda being drunk and just about every Diet soda I've seen uses aspartame... I guess we'll find out quick whether livers begin crapping out in mass...
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Old 06-26-2005, 08:44 PM   #3
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Splenda is a good substitute for Aspartame. Diet Rite has always used Splenda. Coca Cola has just started offering diet drinks with Splenda instead of Aspartame.
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Old 06-26-2005, 08:48 PM   #4
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The diet craze is getting scary when things like this are acceptable in the pursuit of shedding some unwanted weight! I know I've personally minimized if not cut out my intake of caffeine but then again I've never heard of it affecting people with micro strokes or anything nearly as serious as the things described under the sugar substitute's effects. Scary stuff!
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Old 06-26-2005, 08:49 PM   #5
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Bullpoop.

One of the decomposition products of Aspatame IS methanol, but the amounts are so tiny - the sweetner is only there in the milligram range, and the methanol decomposition products are approx 10% of the total (Univ.Ariz. study 1984).

There would be more methanol in tomato juice, grape juice, canned peaches or ANY red wine.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics!

Some of the biggest "distorters of truth" on the 'net are these scaremongering 'health & wellness' sites....

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Old 06-26-2005, 09:12 PM   #6
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Splenda is a chlorinated hydrocarbon, so I suggest you avoid it unless you plan on going sterile :D.
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:55 PM   #7
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Well, technically it is a organochlorine compound. Most of these are toxic, and many are common pesticides. DDT and Dioxin (aka Agent Orange) are two examples of this class. Sleep tight .

For now I'll just try to stick to unrefined sugar.
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:25 AM   #9
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ALL artificial sweeteners are bad for you. The thing that Splenda has going for it is that on a low-carb died it does not cause your insulin levels to spike like aspartame does. It doesn't mean that it's better for you per se. However, if given the option between an aspartame diet drink or a Splenda diet drink, I pick the Splenda one (unless they have water).

If you want a sugar substitute that is natural and has next to none of the side effects of artificial sweeteners and does not make you fat like sugar, then look for Stevia. It's a herb whose ground or boiled leaves can be used in place of sugar. It's been used in Paraguay (and other parts of the world) for centuries. There have been numerous studies that show it to be harmless and zero calorie. However it's not permitted to be sold in this country as anything other than a dietary supplement. The reason? Sugar is BIG BUSINESS.

There's a woman that runs a bakery by me who uses nothing but Stevia in place of sugar. I can't tell the difference between what she makes with Stevia and stuff made with sugar.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:19 AM   #10
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I was consuming a lot of diet pepsi. I stopped about a month ago and I am definitely feeling better.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:37 AM   #11
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I was consuming a lot of diet pepsi. I stopped about a month ago and I am definitely feeling better.
I hear ya. A few months ago I drank nearly 3/4 of a gallon of Turkey Hill Diet Green Tea in one day. I was sick for two days afterwards. I usually drink about a gallon to a gallon and a half of water everyday, but sometimes I get bored of water and I switch to other drinks. I figured there would be no major harm in drinking a lot of "tea" other than having to run to the bathroom every five minutes. That wasn't the case. :o

I usually get sick after drinking a lot of soda with aspartame. I felt pretty much the same way after drinking all that tea. It too had aspartame. So now I'm done with anything that's got aspartame in it
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:08 PM   #12
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I read a few things that mentioned methanol. There are people who are claiming Gulf War Syndrome came from the Diet Coke cans that sat in the desert for so long - became warm in the hot desert, then our troops drank them, etc.

One interesting item though. Drinks with Aspartame have an expiration date. Drinks with Splenda don't. If you have ever had a Diet Coke after the NLT date, it is nasty as hell. I have bought Diet Rite for years and years and have never had to throw one away because it was "old."
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I was having bad problems with my back, and it progressed to muscle spasms and twitches in my arms and legs too. I tried Chiropractic and massage for about a month, with little improvement though the massages were great. I gave up on the therapy and spent another month in misery. I take a walk at lunch that is 1.5 miles each way. I was unable to do it without stopping at least 3 times to sit, and another half dozen times to stretch my back and legs -- each way. And I was fighting agony the whole time. I finally quit the diet pepsi. A month later I have no problem walking the full distance without stopping, though it still feels good to stop and stretch. The cramps and twitching in my other muscles has subsided as well. I have a long way to go to get to the shape I was in even last Fall, but my muscles feel right again.

I know that back problems very typically resolve on their own. But this was worse -- I was beginning to worry about neruomuscular disease and was about to schedule an appointment. For now I'm happy to believe I was F***ed up by nutrasweet
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Hahah I love crap "science" pages like these.

I love all the double blind studies they site in reference to thier claims... oh wait, it was all a bunch of vague BS anyways.

Don't eat nutra sweet because we want you to buy our holistic natural products =P.
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:34 PM   #15
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Stop it guys! I am 37 and still am not fat however in order to stay trim, I have to avoid sugary sodas. I have drank Diet (yucko) drinks for many years. Although I cannot stand the taste of them, I like the fact I save on calories. But now you all have me wondering if I should find something else lo-cal to drink. I just cannot stand water all the time.
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Stop it guys! I am 37 and still am not fat however in order to stay trim, I have to avoid sugary sodas. I have drank Diet (yucko) drinks for many years. Although I cannot stand the taste of them, I like the fact I save on calories. But now you all have me wondering if I should find something else lo-cal to drink. I just cannot stand water all the time.
Not all diet sodas taste the same. Diet Rite, the new Pepsi One, and the new Diet Coke with Splenda all taste waaaaay better than anything made with aspartame.

That being said, if you're worried about artificial sweeteners in general, drink ice tea sweetened with Stevia or mint leaves, or something.

Otherwise you're screwed. :p :D
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:56 PM   #17
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Argh! I can't stand tea. But I have been drinking Pepsi One. Its one of the highest in caffeine and that is another thread altogether....the dangers of Caffeine (sigh).
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