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Postby libbiek30 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:09 am

Has anyone tried to stop having aspartame in their diet. I read an article that said it causes lots of the symptoms of fm. I tried but it is in so many products. I am doing weight watchers as I feel better when I loose weight, but it is in most diet products. :elephant
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Re: aspartame

Postby ru.campbell » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:49 am

Aspartame has ill-effects on people without Fibro as well. The idea, like sugar, is that it fires certain sensory systems in the brain in to overdrive, thus aiding the whole pain/sleeplessness business.

In fairness I've read this advice about Gluten and wheat, sugar, MSG, Fat, Dairy and, if followed totally, would starve to death.

Having said that there is a lot of evidence that Aspartame makes some people feel like hell whether they have FMS or not.

I would cut it out anyway--our bodies don't need it so there's no point in loading up on it. Should people not be able to do without their diet soda fix I would strongly suggest only buying those drinks that are caffeine free--it won't stop bad sleep and tiredness but I have found that, every few nights, I do seem to sleep so much better and I'm sure cutting out caffeine is the reason.

I think Coffee addicts should have one in the Morning and then leave it alone!

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Re: aspartame

Postby libbiek30 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:01 am

I set agree about the caffeine I drink tea in the day but have decaffeinated evening. I know if I've had too much as I can't sleep! : :-D
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Re: aspartame

Postby Flash » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:16 am

I had mentioned aspartame on here some time ago. I have been an enemy of it for years. When the stuff enters the body it reacts and the result is formic acid, the same type as ants have in their bites.

In America, some people diagnosed with M/S were found to actually have aspartame poisoning. When they stopped having canned drinks, which was their main culprit, many improved.
It is in so many things but I for one will not buy 'sugar free' or 'diet' drinks including squash. I feel that the low amount of sugar in a glass of 'high juice' is far better than a load of poisonous chemicals.
My sons are 19 and 22, neither are over weight and both have perfect teeth.

It's disgusting that our government allow it when some countries have banned it. We are told that more natural sweeteners are too expensive when the truth is we have agreements with big companies to keep it in our food chain. Money is more important than our physical well being.

There is much knowledge and debate about it, although the negative effects are denied. Yet have a look on the food shelves... Anything 'sweetener free' is more expensive. Where as years ago we could all afford this stuff it has now turned into something that only the more fortunate can afford.
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Re: aspartame

Postby Karou » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:03 pm

Imo this is nasty stuff. When I went back to the hospital after my gallbladder surgery, I had a lot of problems. The specialist knew I was trying to lose weight and suggested to cut this out. Made a huge difference to the IBS but I've also noticed that aspartame will make my Fibro symptoms worse.

I use stevia, honey, maple or agave syrup. Takes a bit getting used to but I feel better without aspartame. Strange, other sweeteners don't seem to make me feel worse.
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Re: aspartame

Postby SharonL42 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:10 pm

I cut aspartame out of my diet 3 years ago as my neurologist told me it was a big trigger for migraines which I differ from big time.
My migraines improved massively & I now can tell in minutes if I've drunk something with it in.
Aspartame is in most drinks-especially low sugar need to check the labels carefully.
I also try to cut out MSG tho this is in so many foods it's hard to omit it.
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Re: aspartame

Postby Foz » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:08 am

Morning All,

long before I was told I had FM, I had an allergy test done by a Homeopathic Doctor.
she told me I was allergic to aspartame as well as wheat gluten, dairy, soya, red wine and chocolate.
so the quest began......
it turns out that I switched supermarkets from Tesco to asda.
Tesco use aspartame in everything whereas Asda use ascalame k, ok still a chemical but one that doesn't effect me.

I too make sure not to have sugar free drinks and food but we still have the fizzy Asda own drinks.
I don't have an issue with being wheat and dairy free as I also looked into what food my mother use to eat... meat, veg and potatoes.
they are free from wheat and dairy.

When I visit a friends/family house I stick to coffee or water or take my own bottle of fizzies if there for the day.
my true friends and loving family are now use to me checking labels or bringing my own stuff.

Oh not forgetting Sainsburys too keep away from aspartame in the products I have bought so far, plus co-op not too bad.

hope this helps a little :)

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Re: aspartame

Postby SchroedingersCat » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:07 am

I don't eat diet products, don't drink fizzy drinks, and eat very little processed food generally. I still have FM, sadly. I've tried cutting various things out of my diet, as people have mentioned above (wheat and oxalates being the biggies) and it made absolutely no difference whatsoever.
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Re: aspartame

Postby Sioriwish » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:39 pm

It isn't just aspartame you have to look out for, it's also acesulfame k, another artificial sweetener that is used in all sorts of drinks etc. That is just as bad for you as aspartame, and normally wherever you find acesulfame k, there will be aspartame.

I have found that when I don't drink stuff with aspartame and acesulfame k in them, I feel so much better, less pain, less groggy, no headaches, I can think more clearly and the pain isn't as constant, but if I go back to them for few days, it all comes back. And when I do drink fizzy pop, I drink ASDA own brand fizzy drink.

Every supermarket that I have been into uses this stuff, asda, tesco, sainsburys, morrisons etc. You just have to check the labels of everything that you could possibly have sugar in it, or that says no sugar, low sugar or diet. And there will be A LOT of that stuff that says them that has them both in, you'll be surprised at how many does.

I always thought that diet made no difference what so ever, but now that I've actually set my mind to a more positive state and continued with avoiding what is bad for me, I do feel better for it. It's most definitely worth a shot at trying, it may not work for some people or affect you the same, but it's worth the try :3
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