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Relationship Between Artificial Sweetners & Depression??

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Old 03-26-2004, 07:38 PM   #1
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Question Relationship Between Artificial Sweetners & Depression??

Maybe this was just a coincidence. Recently I ran out of my usual Pepsi One diet cola which I normally would consume about 3 per day. I didn't have the opportunity to go out and buy more, so I drank my husbands regular cola with real sugar. Within about a week, I had more energy and didn't feel as depressed as I normally do. I think I was off the artificial sweetner for nearly two weeks feeling fairly decent emotionally/mentally. I then realized I'd gain weight from drinking all this real cola so I finally got out and bought more diet Pepsi One. Soon after drinking my diet Pepsi, I sunk back down into the usual mental funk I am always in. I am beginning to wonder if Nutra Sweet/Aspartame, etc. can cause depression or make symptoms of depression worse. I have read somewhere that Aspartame can cause problems with short term memory but haven't read anything concerning depression. Has anyone had similar experiences??


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Re: Relationship Between Artificial Sweetners & Depression??

Aspartame is poison and bad, bad, bad....there's lots of information on it. Do a serious search on side effects.

It's addictive, it fools the pancreas to release insulin (but no sugar in which to use up the insulin) which causes a release of brain chemicals, cannot be digested, irritates the intestines, causes diarrhea,...etc.......

I don't think that's the cause of "depression", but it may change something in the body/brain..etc that can cause a change in mood.

That's great that you're feeling better....chocolate works for me!
Reconsider about the aspartame, just stop using it.

It's all a matter of perspective!
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