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Old 12-04-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Coffee Bean
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I know there is all kinds of info about how aspartame and Splenda are evil and the sign of the End of Days, but does anyone out there have any real-world experience going off of artificial sweetners or having bad side effects from consuming them?
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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Actually, yes. First let me say that Aspartame is apparently considered worse than Splenda. I was told by a doctor that they recommend Splenda for diabetics, if they (the diabetics) choose to use some sweetener, that it's the "best" of some sort of not great things (??). In any case, I've had these terrible migraines for about 4 years. At one point, I gave up Aspartame and almost immediately I went through a period of time where I had no migraines. They did resume, but at this point I just assume that my neurons are in a habit they can't break. This is the running medical theory. But yes, stopping aspartame helped and I believe the effect was real.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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I have been using Stevia, an all-natural sweetener, with no side effects and it takes great compared to Splenda!
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Personally, I think sugar is still the best. It doesn't contain THAT many calories and used not in excess, it's fine! At least, your body knows what it is and what to do with it--how to process it! Those "fake" sweeteners--you body has no idea what to do with them! And you can look around at all the really large folks swilling diet drinks---it hasn't done them any good, either! Just use sugar, in reasonable amounts!
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:15 PM
 
Location: WI
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Like blossom4792 I get migraines. My migraines are more frequent if I have aspartame.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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Like blossom4792 I get migraines. My migraines are more frequent if I have aspartame.
I am a migraine sufferer and was told by my endocrinologist to avoid aspartame specifically. My acupuncturist agrees and added Splenda to the banned list.

My other problem is a family history of diabetes. I'm in decent physical health, watch what I eat, exercise and stay away from refined sugar, but I have to confess needing something sweet in my morning espresso and occasionally wanting something sweet after dinner, so I'm researching how bad Splenda really is and other artificial sweetener options.

Thanks for the posts!
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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I have been using Stevia, an all-natural sweetener, with no side effects and it takes great compared to Splenda!
Yes, yes - I bought some Stevia from Trader Joe's and it was awful tasting, but then I heard on ... city-data that I had bought a brand that was notofiously bad tasting. And there are critics of Stevia also, on the medical side. It is so difficult to sort through all of this, isn't it? I'm tending to think that sugar, maybe the unprocessed types, would be best.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:20 PM
 
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Yes, I had seizures for 10 years, starting in 1983, the year they started putting aspartame in the food. The seizures got scarier--at first I'd just get the aura, and that was strange enough, but then I began blacking out and falling to the floor so I went and got the whole work up, though they couldn't find anything wrong, so I had to take tegretol. Every year, around the month of Sept, I'd get break thru seizures, meaning that I was having them despite the meds. Then they'd go away again. Well, in 1992 I got pregnant with my first child and I cleaned up my diet and took out anything unnatural, and I remember thinking that I just didn't trust aspartame. Well the seizures went away completely and I've never had another one, and though much of what I hear sounds like hysteria, my personal exp is that I will never touch the stuff again--for me it's poison. I finally figured out why I was having them in Sept--I'd drink diet soda during the summer, and as the weather cooled off I'd switch to other beverages.

My brother, who is an airline pilot, told me that he started having memory problems and one of the pilots told him that most pilots he knows stay away from the stuff b/c it has well known problems connected with it.

I must also say that I work with special ed kids and I know that the incidence of autism started exploding in the 80's, and I sort of wonder whether it has anything to do with aspartame--I've not convinced of the vaccine connection yet, b/c those were around long before the 80's. could the mothers consuming aspartame while pregnant have anything to do with it? It's just speculation, and I'm no scientist, but I wonder whether anyone has ever followed that clue.

I tend to not trust splenda either, and don't like stevia, which leaves saccharine. I've decided that it's probably not that bad for you, compared to aspartame--I just try to limit the sweet taste altogether, though that's hard, b/c I'm a sugar junkie.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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Yes, I had seizures for 10 years, starting in 1983, the year they started putting aspartame in the food. The seizures got scarier--at first I'd just get the aura, and that was strange enough, but then I began blacking out and falling to the floor so I went and got the whole work up, though they couldn't find anything wrong, so I had to take tegretol. Every year, around the month of Sept, I'd get break thru seizures, meaning that I was having them despite the meds. Then they'd go away again. Well, in 1992 I got pregnant with my first child and I cleaned up my diet and took out anything unnatural, and I remember thinking that I just didn't trust aspartame. Well the seizures went away completely and I've never had another one, and though much of what I hear sounds like hysteria, my personal exp is that I will never touch the stuff again--for me it's poison. I finally figured out why I was having them in Sept--I'd drink diet soda during the summer, and as the weather cooled off I'd switch to other beverages.

My brother, who is an airline pilot, told me that he started having memory problems and one of the pilots told him that most pilots he knows stay away from the stuff b/c it has well known problems connected with it.

I must also say that I work with special ed kids and I know that the incidence of autism started exploding in the 80's, and I sort of wonder whether it has anything to do with aspartame--I've not convinced of the vaccine connection yet, b/c those were around long before the 80's. could the mothers consuming aspartame while pregnant have anything to do with it? It's just speculation, and I'm no scientist, but I wonder whether anyone has ever followed that clue.

I tend to not trust splenda either, and don't like stevia, which leaves saccharine. I've decided that it's probably not that bad for you, compared to aspartame--I just try to limit the sweet taste altogether, though that's hard, b/c I'm a sugar junkie.

Wow. That's pretty serious. OK - I was told by my acupuncturist that aspartame is actually a neurotoxin. I wasn't sure I believed her, but after reading your story, I'm becoming a believer. She also told me that when aspartame is heated up, it (chemically) becomes formaldehide. She cited an example of Gulf War Syndrome, back in the '90s. She said that Pepsi Co was very generous to the soldiers during the first Gulf War and donated lots of soda... and DIET soda containing aspartame. Well, the soda sat in un-airconditioned tents in the desert heat. So, there's speculation that the aspartame in the diet sodas may have contributed to GWS. Not sure I believe that, but it's an interesting theory.

I have an autistic niece and am very curious about the link between autism and environmental chemicals.

Thanks for the post - very interesting!
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I don't drink soda anymore because regular soda is too sweet and diet soda contains these artificial sweeteners. Is there a soda product that just contains less sugar (HFCS) like half or less?
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