Equal- Aspartame

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Jadea

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 07:36
I have read some data on the potential side effects of using Aspartame. Not pretty. However, I have used it for years and currently have a big BJ's box full of the stuff. Atkins doesn't even list it as an acceptable sugar substitute. All that said- Why? Is it because it has potential negative effect on your brain and health in general or because it will negate attempts at cutting back on carbs?

Side note: I plan on switching as soon as my box runs out. UNLESS it is going to hamper my weight loss- I will finish what I have. After years of using it what is another month?
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fredmugs

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 07:53
I read somewhere that the Atkins people believe that your body processes Sucralose better than it does Aspartame. I don't remember why and I do not follow Atkins but I did switch from the yellow packets to the red ones.

Check this out.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sucralose-vs-aspartame.html

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BuffyBear

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 08:13
If you go on Atkins website and type "aspartame" you will find an interesting comment from Colette Heimowitz (Atkins Nutritionist) on Atkins position on aspartame - yes - it is acceptable for Atkins. Although some people do have a bad reaction to aspartame some of its evil reputation comes from urban legends (check our the SNOPES Site). As much as I love the stuff I like to error on the side of caution and only have one serving a day.
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missyewhodat

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Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 13:53
I was using equal in my coffee and not having results on the scale. Some nice people pointed out the Equal can react differently in people and may be causing the problem. I switched to the Splenda, and have lost 1 lb. a day since Wednesday. It is slowing down again now, but it definitely made a difference when I switched. I too have a big box of pink packets, but I will put them out for guests and keep using my Slenda.
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BuffyBear

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 18:12
Thanks for sharing - missyewhodat. I need to do some experimenting with sweeteners,caffeine, etc. to find the right balance.

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Evie1010

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 19:08
Aspartame is scary. I wanted to share my personal experience in hopes I could help someone else. Years ago, desiring to lose some weight, I began to consume various sugar-free products, especially sodas, which were sweetened with aspartame. Over time, I began to experience adverse side effects. Allow me, if you please, to fast-forward to a later time, when I was stuck in a hotel room on the evening after a teaching conference. Channel surfing, I came up on an infomercial explaining the evils of aspartame, detailing side-effects and offering to mail some free information. While watching, I honestly and truly felt as if they were describing ME. They described head-aches and blurry vision, inability to remember or recall short-term memory tasks and a plethora of other adverse symptoms of what is called Aspartame Syndrome. I instantly remembered my students just asking me that very week while in class if I was okay. Standing near my brightly lit overhead projector, I began to feel as if a hazy film blurred my vision; rubbing my eyes and temples my students became concerned. I blinked hard several times in effort to clear the fog until I felt I could proceed. This problem continued to happen, as did numerous headaches. The worst problem I experienced was with my memory; I have always had a keen memory, able to remember very minute details - and there I was, forgetting significant things such as an afternoon parent-teacher conference or a meeting with the teachers whom I mentored after school. All I could ask was what is happening to me? This is so absolutely unlike me. I will be forever grateful for viewing that random program on the dangers of aspartame. Aspartame syndrome can even lead to brain tumors, I learned...and cancer. Immediately I gave it up "cold turkey" - no more sodas sweetened with asparatame and I cut out all foods which uses asparatme as a sweetner. In no time at all, every single symptom left me. I've never had any of those same adverse reactions reoccur. The key thing to remember is this: if consumed on a regular basis, or in abundance, asparatame syndrome can most certainly become a real threat. If rarely consumed, one will not likely experience the adverse problems.

A dear friend of mine was complaining about her inability to focus, to remember details, often forget vital things - whether in conversations we had or plans we had made. As a bank president, she began to feel wary due to the small details that she was allowing to slip by her due to her increased forgetfullness. She also gained a lot of weight, especially in her midsection, and complained of aching and lethargy. For three years I'd been asking her to give up her aspartame-laden soft drinks. She finally listened. She has been aspartame free for over one month and every symptom she had is gone. The aching she felt in her joints, especially hands, is entirely gone. She is back to her old self and she attributes it to giving up aspartame.

If someone reading this post is hooked on diet sodas, may I recommend Diet Rite products which are the few products not sweetened with the poison? If your grocier does not carry it, simply request they order for you. We've suggested this to friends and their grociers happily comply and are even surprised at the frequency with which they sell out. There are a variet of flavors, too.

This helped us to wean ourselves off of diet sodas, altogether. Today I only drink water, tea or coffee...and I don't even care for carbonated beverages anymore. I no longer have any cravings for the stuff at all. Just so you know, we were soda-holics a long time ago. My husband could down a 2 liter of Coke daily by himself with no problem. Now all we have a taste for, really, is WATER.
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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 19:19
Thanks also Evie.
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Cindy...

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 19:22
Thank you Evie for this information. I know that airline pilots are not allowed to have aspartamine in their systems before flying. There must be a reason for this kind of rule and now you have confirmed it. Thanks again for your information.
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RedHolly

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 19:35
Wow, this was very informative and helpful. Thank you Evie!
Evie1010

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 20:12
I am so glad you found it helpful ladies... Smile
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Evie1010

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 20:14
@Bren, thank for letting me know. It's like we shared the same ill effects. Can you please send me a PM of a list of some of the favorite things you have found that do not have aspartame as an ingredient? I would love to learn of other options I might try when I get into another phase of Atkins. I'd appreciate you sharing some tips with me. From one Aspartame Syndrome SURVIVOR to another, i loves ya!
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HealthyBabs

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 22:24
Evie, I don't sweeten my coffee and I don't drink diet drinks at all. What other common foods is this stuff in that should be avoided? I guess I never really paid attention to it but surely don't want to be eating it if I can avoid it.
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Evie1010

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 22:30
Hey Babs! It is in quite a lot of things. Too many to name. Common in syrups and sugar free jello, sugar free cookies, candies, sauces, ice cream... Lots of foods have it. It just takes looking for it among the ingredients.
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HealthyBabs

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Posted: 20 Feb 2011, 22:38
Thanks Evie, I am running to my pantry as we speak.....!
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Helewis

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 04:36
Any thoughts about Stevia?
Evie1010

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 07:19
@Babs, what did ya find?

@Helewis, my very humble opinion - it's good and one of the safer options for sweetner. I use it. I also use Splenda. My husband has been trying to get me to view the website (truthaboutsplenda.com) which he came upon - although I have not visited it yet, he says there's some real eye-opening stuff there, and he's asked me to stop using it altogether.
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HealthyBabs

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 07:36
@Evie- I checked the Polaner Sugar Free Apricot Preserves and Turkey Hill Sugar Free Fat Free Chocolate Ice Cream that I like on occasion, both are sweetened with sucralose. I tend to stick with blue agave, honey or maple syrup for sweetners but I know you can't have those on Atkins. I just lean away from the fakey fake stuff if at all possible. For a substitute, I have splenda which I use for baking as opposed to white sugar. I will keep an eye out for the aspartame however and avoid it in the future products I buy. Thanks for the info on this.
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Evie1010

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 08:43
you're welcome! Glad your pantry appears to be poison-free...
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fredmugs

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 08:51
I actually stated my first post incorrectly. I switched from the pink sweet and low with aspartame to the yellow Splenda with sucralose.

Honestly I also consume a lot of asparatame because I drink a lot of diet soda. I do occasionally get diet rite products because they are sweetened with sucralose but I prefer the taste of cherry coke zero and diet mt dew.

I haven't had any problems or symptoms related to my aspartame consumption but the argument for sucralose does make sense. I have used splenda in oatmeal and although it pales in comparison to brown sugar it does an adequate job of making it palatable.

I love Turkey Hill ice cream but I'm avoiding all dairy until my biggest loser competition is over.
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Helewis

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Posted: 21 Feb 2011, 17:38
I agree. And at least Stevia is natural. I use it in occasional baking and it comes out great.



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