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    Diet stuff and asparatame

    After reading about asparatame and it turning to formaldahyde in your stomach Im a wee bit worried. So i started checking labels and Its EVERYWHERE. Kids no sugar squash everything. It seems anything diet or low fat will Have it. And it seems heating it like in diet coke chicken is lethal!

    Anyone else concerned?

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    You'll find any number of debates on this - I found this on MyFitnessPal forum:

    Aspartame is aspartic acid + phenylalanine. Both of those are amino acids that your body needs on a daily basis anyway. They are also in every single protein source you eat. In fact, 4 oz of chicken breast contain as much aspartic acid and phenylalanine as 23 cans of diet soda.

    Do some people have bad reactions to it? Sure, but millions of people have bad, sometimes instantly fatal reactions to peanuts or shellfish. Does that mean it's bad for everyone else? No.

    Also, as for the "toxic chemical" during metabolism, I assume you mean either formic acid (formaldehyde) or methanol. Both are actually naturally occurring compounds in the human body, as well as found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, in higher concentrations than you'd get from a diet soda, so any article that pushes that as a negative on aspartame is scaremongering.
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    Maybe i need to look in this more!

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    My husband used to work regularly with aspartame in his previous job 'inventing' new foods and he is not worried about it in the slightest. The hype originally came from America where a handful of people had a bad reaction and then it got blown out of all proportion. Sure, some people may react badly to it but that doesn't mean it's a 'poison' HTH
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    Is this stuff in every single type of sweetner?

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    I heard that the formaldehyde thing was a hoax. saying that though, aspartame is evil. I would rather use splenda or even better, Stevia or Trivia.

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    Unless you grow it, breed it, kill it, cook it, eat it you just don't know what's in our food


    You can drive yourself mad looking for additives, preservatives or anything else, or you can just not worry about it.

    If you research enough you can find debates on not eating eggs, fruit, meat, dairy, anything! We have a choice.

    Not processed is best, but I know I have a very busy life and I don't have time for checking every single label in shops. It "slightly" concerns me, but I've been dieting for years, eating low fat, low sugar, artificially sweetened products and I'm still here :-)

    Each to their own but I don't have time to worry about such things at this point in my life.

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    Aspartame has a nasty after taste..... But that's the worst thing about it, oh and my brother is allergic (but pink rash and going gaga type allergic)
    but if your not allergic it's fine.
    saying that I still prefer to use stevia or Splenda.
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    I've read very contradictory reports including some horror stories (there is definitely a thread on here by a lady who ate a LOT of sweetener and got poisoning diagnosed by the dr). I'd say if you notice any issues such as increased tiredness, depression, joint problems, keep an eye on it. Also, it's widely thought that aspartame can mess with your appetite and insulin control, so if you suspect it makes you hungry, keep an eye on it too.

    Myself I just feel I'd prefer to stick to slightly more natural foods and learn to change my tastes away from craving really sweet things for the long term, so I limit sweetener to diet Coke/RedBull when knackered, and the occasional sugarfree jelly or mullerlight when I really need something sweet and low-syn. I don't think Hifis or Alpen Lights have sweeteners in them. When I make cakes I use honey or juice and a bit of sugar, not sweetener, though sugar isn't exactly good for us either (article in the Guardian today!)

    I definitely feel lesss well on days I have Red Bull and it really messes with my digestion. But that could be all the other nasty chemicals in it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinknails2012 View Post
    Is this stuff in every single type of sweetner?
    Splenda is aspartame free!

    I have had a bad reaction with it myself during my sw time, I had used sweetener every morning with my porridge and evening with my fruit salad along with muller light yogurts and coke zero
    And after a number of weeks of eating like this I ended up with a kidney infection and had to be put on anti biotics

    Spoke to my gp who confirmed that the change in my diet with the increased amount of aspartame was more than likely the cause for my problems

    Needless to say I stick to water, some Splenda and natural unsweetened yogurt from now on

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    I feel like eating Mullerlights has become my lazy way to weightloss. Ok once in a while, but probably not a great health choice long term and not in the mindset of being mindful and making food from scratch. Think I will switch to natural Greek yoghurt with a bit of honey this week. A couple of syns but worth it.
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