That's a good rule of thumb. Unless it specifically states "no aspertame" (which many products are now printing specifically on the labels) assume it is... but always read the labels. I used to laugh at people who spent an hour in the grocery store reading the backs of every product they put in their basket. Now I am among their ranks and glad to be.
If it's any consolation, once you get away from the sweets, you will start to not miss it. I have stayed away from sugar for about a year and had a piece of birthday cake at work and thought I was going to get sick, it was so sweet. I felt like I did when I was 8 after a Halloween binge. You just have to let your body re-adjust. Good luck!
P.S. On a related note, whats the story on Splenda. It's not half bad... and it claims to have no ill-effects. It's no good for cooking, but I have used it in oatmeal before and it's pretty yummy. I have my fingers crossed that future testing will say nothing negative... anyone have any additional info?
[This message has been edited by Naxis (edited 06-16-2001).]