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Miss Megara 11-23-2005 08:39 AM

Aspartame Urban Legend
 
I just wanted to give a 'heads up' about aspartame. A lot of what I am reading here regarding it is called an 'urban legend'.

I drink Diet Coke on almost a daily basis, where as my sister-in-law won't so much as chew a piece of sugarless gum due to what she has 'read' on the internet about apartame and the like.

For those of you who love Diet Coke and are hesitant to drink it because of what you have read, I thought I'd post a link to ease your minds. :)

Edit - I can't get the link to work, copy and paste this in your browser:

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plymouth 11-23-2005 09:04 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
Scientists at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center in Bologna, Italy, decided to re-test aspartame and have recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. They found about twice the normal rates of lymphoma and leukemia in laboratory rats.

Moxie75 11-23-2005 09:09 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=plymouth]Scientists at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center in Bologna, Italy, decided to re-test aspartame and have recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. They found about twice the normal rates of lymphoma and leukemia in laboratory rats.[/QUOTE]

I totally agree with this post. I have read several books that also state this. Not to mention since I have given up aspartame I have yet to have a headache. I go by what my body tells me and as far as I'm concerned it does not agree with me at all. The funny thing is since given up artificial sweetners I have lost weight eating raw sugar..Lisa

cookiepls 11-23-2005 10:25 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=Moxie75]I totally agree with this post. I have read several books that also state this. Not to mention since I have given up aspartame I have yet to have a headache. I go by what my body tells me and as far as I'm concerned it does not agree with me at all. The funny thing is since given up artificial sweetners I have lost weight eating raw sugar..Lisa[/QUOTE]
My mother-in-law gave up the diet sodas and with it, her headaches and food cravings. She drinks regular Pepsi now. She's lost 8 lbs. and tells me she feels a lot better. My father-in-law won't give them up but he takes aspirin for his headaches almost every day. He sees the connection, but he's stubborn. :rolleyes:

Moxie75 11-23-2005 11:46 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=cookiepls]My mother-in-law gave up the diet sodas and with it, her headaches and food cravings. She drinks regular Pepsi now. She's lost 8 lbs. and tells me she feels a lot better. My father-in-law won't give them up but he takes aspirin for his headaches almost every day. He sees the connection, but he's stubborn. :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

You know this is so funny. I was taking ibuprofen every day thinking it was from work stress. Well here I still have the work stress but no headaches. I never made the connection until one day I did not have my raw sugar with me and i put a half sweet & low. I got a that same headache right afterwards. Now if I am out of of raw sugar or organic maple syrup I do not sweeten it at all...Lisa

starsofglass 11-23-2005 01:58 PM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=plymouth]Scientists at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center in Bologna, Italy, decided to re-test aspartame and have recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. They found about twice the normal rates of lymphoma and leukemia in laboratory rats.[/QUOTE]

And, if I remember correctly, it didn't matter how much aspartame.

pipermac 11-23-2005 02:16 PM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=starsofglass]And, if I remember correctly, it didn't matter how much aspartame.[/QUOTE]

I guess it is my time to Add Comments.

First off the recent study that was conducted has been considered to be extremely flawed...accordning to many Experts. In The Study they Let the Rats Live much longer then the Guidlines specify. Rats, Like Humans, Have a much higher rate of cancers in old age. thus Guidlines say that the rats lives must be terminated before they get too old. This was not done. The Age of termination is supposed to be and about 102 weeks.....In this study the last rat died and 159 weeks. 102 weeks is about the equivalent of 60 years for a human. Buy letting the rats live to an age where cancer is more prevelant there is no way to tell what the cancer could be attributed to.

Here is and interest tidbit:

Most scientific organizations that have weighed in on the question have come to the same conclusion, including the American Medical Association, the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society.

In its report on aspartame, the American Cancer Society concludes that "current evidence does not demonstrate any link between aspartame ingestion and increased cancer risk."

starsofglass 11-24-2005 03:47 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=pipermac] Rats, Like Humans, Have a much higher rate of cancers in old age. thus Guidlines say that the rats lives must be terminated before they get too old. This was not done. The Age of termination is supposed to be and about 102 weeks.....In this study the last rat died and 159 weeks. 102 weeks is about the equivalent of 60 years for a human. Buy letting the rats live to an age where cancer is more prevelant there is no way to tell what the cancer could be attributed to.[/QUOTE]

Even so, if the aspartame consuming rats have more cancers than the others, I'd say it's an indication.

Lenin 11-24-2005 05:58 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
Thank you Miss Magara,

These "urban legends" will never die. After a trillion doses are consumed the babble about how aspartame causes evey disease from lupus to Parkinson's goes on an on. It's the most widely used synthetic food additive in the history of the human race and has been given the seal of approval of virtually EVERY health organization on the planet and has been a diet aid for MILLIONS of people since the FDA approved it 30 years ago.

It is not surprising that the sugar institute WITH UNITED STATES TAXPAYER MONEY can buy a doctor in some silly clinic inh Bologna Italy to publish a paper claiming how superior sugar is. Thank God a FEW common products (like soda) can get by without adding to the pounds of sugar that Americans consume on a weekly basis.

"OOOOhhhh, I started drinking soda with aspartame and I fell, it must be dangerous."

If you get a headache from it, don't use it.

The aspartame-cancer connection is TOTALLY made up...there is no reputable medical source that would lend it's name to this "urban legend."

Those who prefer 9 teaspoons of sugar in a can of soda are free to indulge...I geess they'd put 20 teaspoons in if they could but then the soda would have to be eaten with a spoon.

pipermac 11-24-2005 06:15 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=starsofglass]Even so, if the aspartame consuming rats have more cancers than the others, I'd say it's an indication.[/QUOTE]


you might say it was an indication. buy the scientific community says that it isnt. it is not a reliable method of doing a study. I was just giving the basics of why the scientific community says that it is a flawed study.

MyPlague 11-24-2005 07:44 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
IMO everyone should just listen to their body and decide for themselves.

If it makes you feel bad, then don't ingest it. If it doesn't, and you don't believe in the cancer talk...then go ahead.

Personally I just quit drinking soda all together. It's ALL bad for you in the end. Totally empty calories. I haven't had a soda in over 2 and a half years. I feel ALOT better because I only drink natural stuff....water...100 percent oj and rice milk.

Well.....that's not entirely true. I do like alcohol a bit...but usually it's red wine....

Miss Megara 11-24-2005 07:51 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE]IMO everyone should just listen to their body and decide for themselves.[/QUOTE]

I totally agree with this statement. I mean some people are allergic to certain foods while others aren't. Where lies the difference with aspertame? Alleriges CAN come in the form of a headache and the like.

starsofglass 11-24-2005 10:00 AM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
Well, I avoid aspartame like the plague. Not too difficult though because I never drink soda... I have no idea if there really is a link between aspartame and cancer, but I like to be on the careful side. And I hate the taste of aspartame anyway :D

pipermac 11-24-2005 12:49 PM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
[QUOTE=starsofglass]Well, I avoid aspartame like the plague. Not too difficult though because I never drink soda... I have no idea if there really is a link between aspartame and cancer, but I like to be on the careful side. And I hate the taste of aspartame anyway :D[/QUOTE]

you ever Jay Walk? Drive a car?....you have better chance Dieing do those...among other things....then you do getting cancer from aspartame.

Say you like to be on the careful side is the like saying you wont go in a car because you could be in an accident, or you wont cross the street cause you might get hit by a car. Actually it is worse then that since people die in car accidents and getting hit by cars on a regular basis. but there has NEVER been one case of cancer that has been attributed to Aspartame.

starsofglass 11-24-2005 01:13 PM

Re: Aspartame Urban Legend
 
People take personal choices, weighing possible down sides and positive effects. Not stepping in a car makes my life a HELL of a lot more difficult. Whereas cutting aspartame from my diet doesn't give me any inconveniences whatsoever.

And like I said, I don't like the taste of aspartame anyway.

By the way, I rarely jaywalk, only when there isn't a car in sight. Even when I'm allowed to cross the road, I always look carefully before crossing. I don't have a driver's licence, but I only ride with people that I know are responsible and good drivers. I take risks into consideration, eliminating them completely is impossible, but I try to limit them.

Please leave me my freedom to make my own choices, without making me sound like a fool.

PS: I'm not only concerned about aspartame and cancer, simply all the negative effects it can have.


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