Artificial Sweeteners- sweet poison?

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by Hardrock, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. Hardrock

    Hardrock New Member

    Has anyone discovered that aspartame is causing them to get sick? I've been reading that it has been associated with sinus problems which is exactly what I've been attributing to overtraining symptoms. I've been drinking Diet Pepsi for years and started using Equal in my morning oatmeal recently. Is it just coincidence that my getting sick may be related to this increased aspartame usage and not overtraining?
  2. Aaron_F

    Aaron_F New Member

    Considering aspartame 'causes' every single potential problem known to man, why not.. [​IMG]

    back off training or back off the aspartame nad see what happens.
  3. Hardrock

    Hardrock New Member

    Thanks for the reply. I've quit using aspartame products for 3 days now and my sinuses are clearing up- still not sure if it's because of not using aspartame or I'm recovering from this cycle.
  4. aspartame=bad
    you minus aspartame = good
    you minus (bad) = good
  5. Hardrock

    Hardrock New Member

    Must be the new math [​IMG]
  6. Sonny

    Sonny New Member

    You need to use Splenda . It contains no aspartame.
    It is also the only one that you can even give to infants without any side effects.
  7. Hardrock

    Hardrock New Member

    From what I've read Splenda may be just as bad for you as aspartame- sugar in which the hydroxl atoms have been replaced by chlorine, which is a major toxin. I think I'll just swear off any artificial sweeteners but thanks for the reply.
  8. Rain

    Rain New Member

    A lot of protein powders use aspartame as a artificial sweetener... But maybe the total dosage is lower than in diet drinks.

    / R
  9. Hardrock

    Hardrock New Member

    You're right Rain. I always check the ingredients on the protein powder I buy. The ON Whey I'm currently using has acesulfame K and sucralose. I'm going to switch to their Natural Whey which doesn't have either.
  10. Jake

    Jake New Member

    Last I checked, ON Natural used stevia as the sweetener. Not that I mind- it's about the only one that doesn't give me a bitter aftertaste, but according to the FDA, stevia is the devil's work (untested in trials, blah, blah, blah). Never mind that it's been used in Central and South America for oh, millennia now. I think the sugar lobby is just a bit too powerful...
  11. Jester

    Jester Well-Known Member

    Umm, why not just knock off the equivalent of 30 grams of sugar (that you would like to add for taste and energy) from elsewhere in the diet . . .?

    Does anyone actually prefer the artificial sweeteners in taste?
  12. Staxx

    Staxx New Member

    I use strictly Stevia or honey. Stay away from aspartame or splenda if you can... splenda is marketing at it's best.

    I won't advertise on here but you can customize your protein powders at a few sites online... I always add stevia to my powders.
  13. Hardrock

    Hardrock New Member

    Yeah, I'm now using stevia, even though there are also some concerns over it's use. Also researching something called erythitol which comes from fruit and grains and may be even better than stevia as far as health concerns go.
  14. What about dextrose?
    What is it then?
  15. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dextrose is glucose. That's probably as basic as you can get when it comes to sweeteners.

    Personally, I don't see what all the scare is about artificial sweeteners. I use them when I'm cutting and don't want to the extra calories from any sugar I might use, but I don't worry about it.
  16. Jester

    Jester Well-Known Member

    Does it actually taste better though?
  17. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member

    Actually I do, especially when it comes to Iced Tea. I never realized there were so many problems with aspartame. 10% methanol?
  18. Rain

    Rain New Member

    My main concern about artificial sweeteners is the taste. A hollow, empty excuse for sweetness. I guess that's why it's called artificial.

    / R
  19. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member


    Similar to the aspartame thread that I bumped... I am interested in the true effects of the chlorine in Splenda.
  20. quadancer

    quadancer New Member

    Stevia has no "long term" studies done...except for the fact that it's been around forever - I don't like the slightly licorice taste of it, but get along w/ it overall.
    erythitol : expensive here, bad taste for me.
    Splenda: No long term studies is all I've found. The methanol amount was negligible.

    What do I use? Think Pink. Sugar Twin and it's associates use dextrose and maltodextrin, which BB'ers use in gigantic amounts around workouts, and saccharin, which causes ...get this, the original reason for the scare...ONE type of cancer in ONE type of rat when given megalithic amounts of the stuff. No humans damaged yet.
    Can you spell "sugar lobby" kiddies?

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