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August 13, 2013 5:25 PM
I think it's an individual thing. Some people artificial sweeteners will NEVER effect...some people it will. I have developed several problems with ALL artificial sweeteners. So I am slowly giving them all up. I have decided to just have "less" of stuff rather than drinking diet versions. But that's me. In the end artificial sweeteners are chemicals, and no matter HOW much they try to convince the public they are totally safe...I don't feel that they are. After a prolonged use they could cause many health problems...or not. So again, it comes down to a personal choice.
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August 13, 2013 5:32 PM
There is a lot of scientific study on the effects of aspartame, rather than rehash it all here, I'll just dump a link to the american cancer society and quote a bit of relevant information:

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/aspartame

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In the United States, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products must be tested for safety and approved by the FDA before they can be used. The FDA also sets an acceptable daily intake (ADI) for each sweetener, which is the maximum amount considered safe to consume each day during a person's lifetime. The ADI is set to be about 100 times less than the smallest amount that might cause health concerns, based on studies done in lab animals.

The FDA has set the ADI for aspartame at 50 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of body weight. (In the European Union, the European Food Safety Authority has recommended a slightly lower ADI for aspartame, at 40 mg/kg.)

To put the ADI for aspartame in perspective, this would be 3,750 milligrams per day for a typical adult weighing 75 kilograms (about 165 pounds), far more than most adults take in daily. A can of diet soda usually contains about 180 milligrams of aspartame, so a typical adult would have to drink about 21 cans of diet soda a day to go over the recommended level.


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Researchers from the NCI looked at cancer rates in more than 500,000 older adults. The study found that, compared to people who did not drink aspartame-containing beverages, those who did drink them did not have an increased risk of lymphomas, leukemias, or brain tumors.


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Expert agencies in the United States and elsewhere that have evaluated aspartame have found it safe for use.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the use of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in the United States. In 2007, the FDA stated:

Considering results from the large number of studies on aspartame's safety, including five previously conducted negative chronic carcinogenicity studies, a recently reported large epidemiology study with negative associations between the use of aspartame and the occurrence of tumors, and negative findings from a series of three transgenic mouse assays, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assesses the safety of sweeteners such as aspartame in the European Union. According to a 2009 report from its Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food:

Overall, the Panel concluded, on the basis of all the evidence currently available… that there is no indication of any genotoxic or carcinogenic potential of aspartame and that there is no reason to revise the previously established ADI for aspartame of 40 mg/kg [body weight].

Though research into a possible link between aspartame and cancer continues, these agencies agree that studies done so far have not found such a link.


Basically, TL;DR - It's considered safe as long as you're not getting more than about 20 cans of diet pop a day and all current peer-reviewed science supports that conclusion and more is piling up constantly in support of that conclusion.
  45251293
August 13, 2013 5:35 PM
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I stand steadfast in my belief that 0 calorie drinks have no effect on my weight loss or gain. If they did then water would have the same effect.


BUT THE TOXINZ ARE TRICKING YOUR BODY INTO EXPECTING SUGAR AND STORING EXTRA FATZ
August 13, 2013 5:35 PM
I don't drink sodas very often anymore, but when I did it was Coke and then eventually Diet Coke. I remember being pretty annoyed with the company when they announced "New Coke" and relieved when "Classic Coke" came back.

Oh, aspartame? Meh, don't care. It has zero calories, tastes sweet, and has been studied inside and out. Avoid drinking 20+ Diet Cokes a day, every day, and you should be fine. And no, gaining weight from a 0 calorie beverage? Not happening.
August 13, 2013 5:35 PM
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... The amount of aspartame you would have to ingest before it became an issue is way more than I would ever drink in a day (for me it would be 20+ cans a day for an extended period of time) so I will continue to enjoy it and drink my 100+ ounce of water a day..... Best of Luck


Exactly what my endocrinologist told me when I was in for my last thyroid and PCOS appointment. I had told her I went back to regular sodas, because I was reading such 'bad stuff' about diet drinks on the myfitnesspal threads - or the 'confusing stuff' rather....and she explained the same thing to me as guy said above....so back to diets for me :)


Ed is one of the good guys on here, he generally does his research and keeps current. Also a huge inspiration to a lot of us with a lot of weight to lose.
  45251293
August 13, 2013 5:37 PM
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They can defend it until they are blue in the face. Aspartame only means two things for me, instant throbbing headache and horrific nausea. If I accidentally eat or drink something with aspartame in it it can knock me on my a$$ for a couple of hours of feeling like complete crap.


This!! Whether it's soda or any other food, aspartame is poison to me. I won't let my kids have it either.
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August 13, 2013 5:39 PM
Three words... water, water, water! Corporations are not in our interests!
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August 13, 2013 5:39 PM
*sips his poison*
August 13, 2013 6:10 PM
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They can defend it until they are blue in the face. Aspartame only means two things for me, instant throbbing headache and horrific nausea. If I accidentally eat or drink something with aspartame in it it can knock me on my a$$ for a couple of hours of feeling like complete crap.


Of course they defend it. It will cost them money to change it, and cost them money if everyone stops drinking it. Win Win if they can make you feel stupid because you avoid it.

I don't get nausea from it, but I do get migraines, muscle tremors and skin lesions.
They can keep their sh#t.
August 13, 2013 6:12 PM
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I think it's an individual thing. Some people artificial sweeteners will NEVER effect...some people it will. I have developed several problems with ALL artificial sweeteners. So I am slowly giving them all up. I have decided to just have "less" of stuff rather than drinking diet versions. But that's me. In the end artificial sweeteners are chemicals, and no matter HOW much they try to convince the public they are totally safe...I don't feel that they are. After a prolonged use they could cause many health problems...or not. So again, it comes down to a personal choice.


I also have developed problems from artificial sweeteners. Not just aspartame but also splenda. I'll just have tea or water. I don't have to worry about whether those are going to hurt me or not.
August 13, 2013 6:15 PM
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Coca Cola is about to launch a campaign defending Aspartame and the use of artificial sweeteners in diet pop or soda for my American friends :)

FYI, people in the north part of the great middle of the US that most people just fly over also say "pop", as does my mom.

Ref: http://www.popvssoda.com/
Edited by TwoPointZero On August 13, 2013 6:16 PM
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August 13, 2013 6:42 PM
Well it's pretty simple really and science is the last word. Simply put, studies show that consuming diet drinks are directly correlated to increased weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, MetS and early dealth.

Studies also show that obese people with diabetes, MetS, insulin resistance and hyperlipidemia etc. when on a weight reducing diet show improvement in all aforementioned conditions. More studies are needed.
August 13, 2013 6:51 PM
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For the last time, Diet Coke is the nectar of the Gods, and I don't care what is or isn't in it.


QFT

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August 13, 2013 6:52 PM
"Studies show" whatever is convenient for them to show. As for me, I get headaches from just about everything just about every day. One thing I can say is that I've never gotten one from diet soda. I mean, you can develop an allergy or intolerance against literally ANYTHING, so imo, if you don't have issues, it's good. If you have issues, it's bad. I can handle artificial sweeteners just fine.
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August 13, 2013 6:52 PM
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Three words... water, water, water! Corporations are not in our interests!


They are if my interest is in drinking Diet Coke.
  20711900
August 13, 2013 6:53 PM
For the first time in my life, I am now starting to have concerns about aspartame...
August 13, 2013 6:54 PM
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Basically, TL;DR - It's considered safe as long as you're not getting more than about 20 cans of diet pop a day and all current peer-reviewed science supports that conclusion and more is piling up constantly in support of that conclusion.


All current peer reviewed science?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8373935
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7936222

Because something isn't carcinogenic or genotoxic doesn't mean that it can't cause issues with some people.

I drink quite a bit of it, and you'll pry it from my cold, dead hands, but you're overselling your position.
August 13, 2013 6:55 PM
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For the first time in my life, I am now starting to have concerns about aspartame...


if you rearrange the letters in "aspartame", they spell out "paul is dead".

coincidence???

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Edited by BrainyBurro On August 13, 2013 6:56 PM
August 13, 2013 6:56 PM
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For the first time in my life, I am now starting to have concerns about aspartame...


if you rearrange the letters in "aspartame", they spell "paul is dead".

coincidence???

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Smart ass.
August 13, 2013 6:59 PM
Splenda gives me a nasty headache, still prefer asaprtame, although I hardly use it.
  30777053
August 13, 2013 7:01 PM
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For the last time, Diet Coke is the nectar of the Gods, and I don't care what is or isn't in it.


Love it! I've been drinking DC since its creation on the 80s.
  3435741
August 13, 2013 7:02 PM
i enjoy soda. I do not enjoy the calories in normal soda. You form your own opinion on this.
August 13, 2013 7:05 PM
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx
August 13, 2013 7:06 PM
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For the first time in my life, I am now starting to have concerns about aspartame...


if you rearrange the letters in "aspartame", they spell out "paul is dead".

coincidence???

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this is hands down the best reason i've ever heard to stop consuming aspartame.
August 13, 2013 7:07 PM
it doesnt even matter.....All Soda is bad for you. The carbonation alone. In one of my classes we did a science project and poured the soda on something in a vehicle that was eroded. And the coke actually ate the erosion off right there. What do you think it does to your insides if it eats away eroded rust off of metal? Cant be good
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