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Sensitivity to Aspartame Probed

Friday, October 16, 2009

This is another article that I found very interesting on the artificial sweeteners.
Maybe you will find it interesting also.

Sensitivity to Aspartame Probed
Filed Under Food Toxins, Future of Food

Scientists are to assess whether the artificial sweetener aspartame causes health problems in people unusually sensitive to it.

Expert advice is that aspartame - found in more than 4,000 products - is safe to consume.

However, a number of people have reported sensitivity to the product including headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhoea and fatigue.

The University of Hull study is funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Aspartame, 150 times sweeter than sugar, is found in products such as diet soft drinks, cereal bars, yogurts and chewing gum.

There have long been concerns that the sweetener is linked to a raft of health problems, including a greater risk of cancer, fertility issues, nausea, double vision and an effect on appetite.

However, after reviewing the available scientific literature, both the FSA and the European Food Safety Authority decided there was no firm evidence of any impact on health, and ruled that aspartame was safe to consume.

Professor Stephen Atkin, who will lead the new research, said: “This study is not to determine whether aspartame can be consumed safely; this has already been established, but rather to see whether certain people are sensitive to it.”

The Hull team hope their work will lead to a larger international study to pin down the issue once and for all.

Body chemistry

Professor Atkin also hopes to secure funding to analyse the chemical breakdown of aspartame in the body.

The sweetener can be broken down to produce methanol and formaldehyde, both of which have been previously linked to cancer.

However, it is not clear whether this process takes place in the body, or, if it does, whether the metabolites are absorbed into the blood in sufficient quantity to produce any biological effect.

Andrew Wadge, Chief Scientist at the Food Standards Agency said: “The study will address consumer concerns, including anecdotal reports that have linked a range of conditions to aspartame.

‘The Agency’s view remains that aspartame can be consumed safely and we are not recommending any changes to its current use.

“However, we know that some people consider that they react badly to consuming this sweetener so we think it is important to increase our knowledge about what is happening.”

One hundred people will take part in the Hull study, half of who have complained of side effects from aspartame.

The study is expected to take 18 months.

At present the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for aspartame is set by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) at 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

An adult would have to drink about 14 cans a day of diet soft drink, or consume about 80 sachets of sweetener to reach this amount.



  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MITECU 10/17/2009 6:32AM

    I use Splenda. I know that with aspartame, I get a migraine.

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SING4MYFOOD 10/16/2009 6:11PM

    I have problems with aspartame - I realized about 20 years ago that I got migraines related to the use of this product. I didn't believe it when my Nursing Supervisor (I'm a Registered Nurse) told me that this was probably the cause of my headaches, & kept using it. But I finally decided to go off of it - & what a difference! I also know of people who have had increased seizures when using it - I've also heard of people who had blindness related to it. But the effects on some peoples' bodies have been ignored - this stuff is dangerous!

I've tried to spread the word about this - I've known for about 15 years that it breaks down into formaldehyde - do we really want to put this in our bodies? I know we need help when we're overweight, but I'd rather be without the horrendous headaches I've suffered.

The only sweetener that I use is Stevia, a natural sweetener, which in the past had to be purchased at a health store or online. But it's now being sold in grocery stores under the name of Truvia. I'm in favor of the liquid, because it's less processed, but the powder has to do at times.

I hate the fact that there are lobbyists in Washington, DC who have their sole interests at heart - their fat wallets - so they keep the negative impacts of aspartame covered up!

To a healthier life for all of us!


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CAROLJ94941 10/16/2009 1:35PM

    Thanks for the info. I use artificial sweeteners and often wonder if they're ok to eat.

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The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Friday, October 16, 2009

I have been a big fan of what Dr. Mercola has to say about all the artificial sweeteners out there available to the people. I found out first hand in the 1980's what nutra-sweet did for me.
I was a mother of two school age children. I had a lot of responsibilities. I was experiencing some major headaches and seizers. I would black out and not remember what had happened. My daughter who was my youngest found me unconsicious on the bathroom floor. I was hopitalized they tested me for heart problems and put me on inderol. They found nothing. After I went home I took myself off the nutrasweet. After about a week the headaches subsided and no more black-out seizers.
I do not eat any of the artificial sweetners. I read ALL labels because they sneak it in products under the name of sucralose. READ THOSE LABELS!
Check out what Dr. Mercola has to say....

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CACTUSFLOWER* 10/16/2009 11:20PM

    I use Splenda and I think that it is better then any of the other artifical sweetners.

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SING4MYFOOD 10/16/2009 6:15PM

    Hmm - I read your other post & responded to it before I saw this one. Aspartame in the title is what caught my eye for the other one.

I hate it that so many of us have been affected by this poison. Like I said in my other comment, the negative impacts of this product have been covered up in the U.S. due to the presence of lobbyists who keep lining their wallets while doing untold harm to others.

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TEACHINMOM 10/16/2009 2:48PM

    I too quit using this and other artificial sweeteners when I found out about the health issues associated with it. The migraines stopped for me after I quit. It's horrible, toxic garbage that's allowed to be put in our food and drink and will be as long as people don't know about it and continue to use it. Hey it's making them loads of money!!! It's too bad people have to go through the kinds of things that you did! Thanks for telling people about it!!

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RBWILLEY 10/16/2009 1:31PM

    Ever since I became aware of the issues and controversies reported on aspartame back in the 90's I've avoided it and other artificial sweeteners whenever possible. If you read up on it's history, it's rather shocking.

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