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#1 CharliMarley

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

I just saw a warning about Aspartame on Facebook and the article said it was causing Leukaemia and Lymphoma in people and my DH has about 8 of these tablets in his cups of tea every day. Does anyone know if this is a real worry, or is someone trying to scare us? unsure.gif

#2 Clever Clogs

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

I won't touch it

#3 OneProudMum

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

It's terrible stuff.

#4 Maple Leaf

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

I won't touch it either.

8 tablets! wow.


#5 Logical nonsense

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

I don't drink anything with sweeteners in it as its not natural,
that sweeteners cause cancer I have heard before,

Just curios does he have 8 tablets in one cup of tea??
They sweeteners are 200 - 600 times sweeter than sugar.
That can't be good for you.

#6 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Would not touch it even with someone else's ten foot pole!

It is approved as fit for human consumption though....




#7 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

snopes.com disproved the FB post. I saw it too. It's been going around for years.

As far as safety goes - I can't imagine it is healthy for you but the litigation costs of them hiding test results showing it's carcenogenic would be too extreme to risk corporately.

#8 misseb

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

Disclaimer: I am not a Dr and this is going off memory.

There was a journal article published about 5 or so years ago linking aspartame with a spate of 20 something year olds being diagnosed with MS, with no family history or other normal factors. They all drank diet drinks a lot and their symptoms were linked to high levels of aspartame. Big food companies that use it disputed the results.

Many people believe that it can build up in your system and cause damage to nervous system.

I do know someone at the moment who is undergoing tests for MS, motor neuron etc and it has been suggested by one Dr that it may be linked to their 3-4 can day diet cola habit.

#9 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

What's aspartame?


#10 LookMumNoHands

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

I don't touch it either. I got told it can cause other things too, such as headaches. I get a lot of headaches, so won't consume anything that could make them worse.

It sh*ts me how many things have it! It's very hard to get a pack of breath mints that aren't sugar free.  mad.gif

#11 blackbird

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

I am very sensitive to artificial sweeteners and preservative, even the stuff on dried fruit gives me problems, I get a bad odd ache in my head and a furry feeling in my mouth, cant be good. I do remember reading studies on it and it isnt just a scare tactic I am pretty sure there is good research to say it isnt good.

#12 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

I was drinking diet coke during my last pregnancy but stopped half way through when I read about how bad it is. I'm not sure if it's true but I thought best to stay away.

I occassionally have the odd class of diet soda here and there but it's something I'm working towards cutting out completely.

#13 noi'mnot

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:52 PM

Wikipedia says it's ok.

This one says it's ok too.

EU is happy with it.

FSANZ is happy with it too.


Personally, I know nothing about its safety or lack thereof. I'd like it if somebody could link me some peer-reviewed evidence for its lack of safety, rather than "it causes MS" or "it's bad, hmmmkay".

I'm not being inflammatory, I'm genuinely interested in actual evidence.


ETA: I respect that many individuals have reactions, but would prefer scientific evidence.

Edited by noi'mnot, 07 February 2013 - 04:53 PM.


#14 IsolaBella

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

QUOTE (LookMumNoHands @ 07/02/2013, 05:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't touch it either. I got told it can cause other things too, such as headaches. I get a lot of headaches, so won't consume anything that could make them worse.

It sh*ts me how many things have it! It's very hard to get a pack of breath mints that aren't sugar free.  mad.gif



Me too. I don't drink diet soft drinks as everyone I know who consumes these does so to excess and have weight issues.

I think the jury is sort of still out on this like mobile phones.... Ie there is still continuing research on the topic.



#15 IsolaBella

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805418

Pub med on testing on rats

The results of this carcinogenicity bioassay confirm and reinforce the first experimental demonstration of APM's multipotential carcinogenicity at a dose level close to the acceptable daily intake for humans. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that when life-span exposure to APM begins during fetal life, its carcinogenic effects are increased.


#16 blackbird

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

http://www.bmj.com/content/330/7486/309.2?tab=responses

#17 noi'mnot

Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

Thanks Isolabella. Good to see a life-span study. I will keep looking. original.gif

#18 blackbird

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:02 PM

QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 07/02/2013, 05:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805418

Pub med on testing on rats

The results of this carcinogenicity bioassay confirm and reinforce the first experimental demonstration of APM's multipotential carcinogenicity at a dose level close to the acceptable daily intake for humans. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that when life-span exposure to APM begins during fetal life, its carcinogenic effects are increased.



Wow!!

#19 Cyaira

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Personally I feel my health is better off consuming aspartame instead of sugar! But each to their own.

It's not safe for people with PKU, obviously.

Edited by Cyaira, 07 February 2013 - 05:12 PM.


#20 Ariah888

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

An article with an overview of what it is
http://www.naturalnews.com/034320_aspartam...de_effects.html

The leukemia lymphoma study. PubMed links at the bottom of article.
http://www.naturalnews.com/037772_aspartam...a_lymphoma.html

#21 elizabethany

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

Back in the day (like 20 years ago), there was a rat study that found a link between aspartame and cancer, when they were having a dose equivalent of drinking 20L of diet drinks a day for 60 years.  There was no link when the rats were given realistic doeses that a person would drink.  Hype has been going around about Aspertame since then.

If you have PKU, it is really bad for you.  But it is still certified safe pretty much everywhere in the world.

#22 Starrydawn

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

QUOTE (Cyaira @ 07/02/2013, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Personally I feel my health is better off consuming aspartame instead of sugar! But each to their own.

It's not safe for people with PKU, obviously.



I feel the opposite. I certainly don't think sugar is good for us. But I would take it over aspartame any day.

#23 PatG

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

I haven't done enough reading to know if it is bad for me but I can't stand the taste so try to avoid foods/drinks containing any kind of artificial sweetener.

#24 purplekitty

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 07/02/2013, 05:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just saw a warning about Aspartame on Facebook and the article said it was causing Leukaemia and Lymphoma in people and my DH has about 8 of these tablets in his cups of tea every day. Does anyone know if this is a real worry, or is someone trying to scare us? unsure.gif
National Cancer Institute in the US,
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factshe...cial-sweeteners
QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 07/02/2013, 05:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805418

Pub med on testing on rats

The results of this carcinogenicity bioassay confirm and reinforce the first experimental demonstration of APM's multipotential carcinogenicity at a dose level close to the acceptable daily intake for humans. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that when life-span exposure to APM begins during fetal life, its carcinogenic effects are increased.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17828671 says the opposite.
QUOTE (Ariah888 @ 07/02/2013, 06:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
An article with an overview of what it is
http://www.naturalnews.com/034320_aspartam...de_effects.html

The leukemia lymphoma study. PubMed links at the bottom of article.
http://www.naturalnews.com/037772_aspartam...a_lymphoma.html
Natural News is an unreliable source of information.
Harvard hospital apologizes for promoting weak data for the link between aspartame and cancer.

#25 Kay1

Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

QUOTE
I do know someone at the moment who is undergoing tests for MS, motor neuron etc and it has been suggested by one Dr that it may be linked to their 3-4 can day diet cola habit.


My SIL had this. She was living in Saudi at the time (theory is aspartame becomes toxic when heated). I drink it very rarely and would never use it in hot drinks or have it in third world places where it may have been stored in extreme heat.




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