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2/28/11 7:40 P

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The Canadian government approved aspertame 10 years before the U.S. I used to go to Windsor to get my sodas and other foods that had artificial sweetners. All the tests about artificial sweetners were giving small mice massive doses of them. Their body weight combined with the sweetners they were given caused all the problems. Cyclamates back in the 1958's were taken off the market because they caused cancer, FUNNY they never took sacrine off the market, they just forced the manufacturer to post the warning on the packaging. Largely the whole topic of artificial sweetners is a political argument sponsored by the lobyiests of the major manufacturers.

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2/26/11 10:01 A

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Ask 10 people and you'll get 10 answers, but here's my take...

Life's simply too short to deny yourself everything! As a diabetic, I already skip alcohol (drugs, of course!), processed foods, sugar, carbs and more.

I prefer the taste of Splenda in my coffee so that's what I use. Actually, because I use enough Splenda to affect my ultra low carb lifestyle (1 packet = 1 gram of carbs), I use uncut Sucralose to sweeten my stuff. That way, I get the taste without the carbs.

As for sodas, they're a very occasional treat for me and only clear sodas at that. Dark sodas contain all sorts of chemicals that are lousy for your kidneys and especially your bones. My husband suffers from kidney stones and dark sodas are at the top of the list of foods to avoid because of the chemicals.

If most of your food comes from whole food products and artificial sweeteners are just a condiment, I say why not. That's my opinion and I've been eating this way for nearly 20 years and doing fine.

On a side note, I'm currently on Medifast (1 week down!) which is a real departure from the clean diet I'm used to. All dehydrated food with lots of supplements but I've been unable to budge even a pound lately so I'm trying something 180 different.

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Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.



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2/26/11 9:49 A

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I have heard conflicting answers on if diet soda is bad for you. I have heard that aspartame was rejected by the FDA 27 times before approved! What have your dieticians told you? Should we avoid sugar substitutes when possible?

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