Aspartame?

  • raidersarem

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    Jun 23, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    What do you guys think about aspartame, and anybody found any really good evidence against or for it?
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    Jun 23, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    I developed an allergy against it, so no more diet-sodas for me. (Which is a good thing btw)
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 23, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    I just think it tastes like crap.

    Want to drink something that won't make you fat? Drink water. Or skim milk.
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    Taste wise, I find it pretty nasty.

    I think one of the biggest arguments against it backed with research is that although it doesn't have substantial negative side effects on its own, it does increase the urge for sugar filled foods. I definetly saw a lot of that in a friend of mine. Her house was stocked with diet sodas and she would have ridicuolous sugar cravings.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    crap
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI just think it tastes like crap.

    Want to drink something that won't make you fat? Drink water. Or skim milk.


    Haha agree. I find it hilarious/sad at the same time when I see an obese individual drinking 10 diet sodas in a row. Just because it says "diet" doesn't make it healthy. The diet sodas being destroyed are usually accompanied by deep fried foods as well. Pointless.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    I have epilepsy, and can have seizures if I take it. This is a hotly debated topic, but my own experience suggests that aspartame can make me have a seizure. I therefore avoid it, and drink no diet soft drinks that contain it, which eliminates most of those sold in the US.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    sugar alcohol is the new aspartame.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 said
    Bunjamon saidI just think it tastes like crap.

    Want to drink something that won't make you fat? Drink water. Or skim milk.


    Haha agree. I find it hilarious/sad at the same time when I see an obese individual drinking 10 diet sodas in a row. Just because it says "diet" doesn't make it healthy. The diet sodas being destroyed are usually accompanied by deep fried foods as well. Pointless.


    "i'll have two big macs, an extra large order of fries, a double cheeseburger, a regular cheeseburger and a large diet coke, please."

  • kietkat

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    Jun 23, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    I find aspartame to be a suitable sweetener for coffee and other foods. It's just aspartate-phenylalanine methylester; an easily hydrolyzable diamino acid compound.
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    I have heard that aspartame isn't good for you - so I don't use it at all
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    Jun 23, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    For some reason it makes my heart race and gives me a headache,just like msg.
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    Jun 23, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    I get a headache after drinking anything with aspartame.
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    Jun 23, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    rangard said
    JoeB1986 said
    Bunjamon saidI just think it tastes like crap.

    Want to drink something that won't make you fat? Drink water. Or skim milk.


    Haha agree. I find it hilarious/sad at the same time when I see an obese individual drinking 10 diet sodas in a row. Just because it says "diet" doesn't make it healthy. The diet sodas being destroyed are usually accompanied by deep fried foods as well. Pointless.


    "i'll have two big macs, an extra large order of fries, a double cheeseburger, a regular cheeseburger and a large diet coke, please."



    Haha, I do that icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    Aspartame tastes like it's spelled: ass-part-a-me.
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    Jun 23, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    I believe a significant number of the individuals claiming a reaction to it are simply experiencing psycosomatic symptoms. Or in laymans terms a reverse placebo effect where you convince yourself your experiencing a reaction to it so you manifest actual symptoms

    Evidence for it
    A tiny pince of the stuff replaces 12 spoons of sugar and 350kcals in a can of soda... better living through chemistry, It's like a miricle. So one study showed if you fed a rat it's body weight in aspartame and it's body temp some how reached 80c it could cause cancer.... You could fill a room with all the studies that would show how bad 2 cans of soda could do in regards to diabetes, heart disease and cancer

    The same with MSG the evidence of negitive effects is near non existant but I can make a 5 egg omlette with 1 yolk, 5 whites and MSG and that saves 12.5g of saturated fat...
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    Jun 23, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    I saw an article at work that stated that Aspartame, when consumed throughout the course of your life, could lead to a higher risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis. The same article stated that when warmed to a certain temperature, Aspartame essentially becomes Formaldehyde. Apparently its almost chemically identical to Embalming fluid..... Pass.
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    MsclDrew,
    Why on earth would anyone attempt to falsely convince themselves that they are having a reaction to a food product? You either have a reaction to a food product or you don't. Your suggestion and evidence are ridiculous.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Jun 23, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    it's the worst. blech
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidAspartame tastes like it's spelled: ass-part-a-me.


    So I take that to be a positive endorsement of it by you.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jun 23, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    its cool to me. i always get a diet soda when i have a craving for a soda. which is not to often, but it does happen.
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    paulflexes saidAspartame tastes like it's spelled: ass-part-a-me.


    So I take that to be a positive endorsement of it by you.
    Not really. My ass tastes nasty. But then again, I'm really not flexible enough to make that statement with confidence. I might need a 2nd opinion.
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    Jun 23, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    Gives me headaches.

    Don't know if it's psychosomatic, but it is consistent. I avoid it.
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    Jun 23, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    goodtr8s saidMsclDrew,
    Why on earth would anyone attempt to falsely convince themselves that they are having a reaction to a food product? You either have a reaction to a food product or you don't. Your suggestion and evidence are ridiculous.


    Have you never heard of a hypochondriac?

    Or the placebo effect....

    If someone can convince themselves that a pill containing nothing is having a positive effect on symptoms you don't think that they can convince themselves they have an a minor allergy when bombarded with false information in regards to food additives
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    Jun 23, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    MsclDrew,everyone is not a hypochondriac,millions of people have food allergies,food allergies exist.The FDA change positions on evaluated food and drugs all the time,that inconsistency shows error and incompetency,therefore most people listen to the warnings and take them with a grain of salt(no pun intended).You cannot discount all adverse reactions to aspartame and msg as self inflicted illusion.
    If you want to stuff yourself with a lab produced,unnatural products,by all means go ahead.