When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

February 3, 2010


As usual I am late at coming to the party. This past weekend I went with my son, daughter in law and our little Chloe to Montana. What for, you might ask. Well, to see a practitioner of Alternative Medicine.

Many of you know the many disabilities of Chloe. Some of you know I have health issues. All of you know that many times a medical Dr. cannot help you, so when that happens you try what ever you can find..... and that is what we did. The proof will be in the pudding as they say. I say we are already seeing differences in our family.

While visiting with this gentlemen he brought up many subjects. One of them was aspartame, or also known as phenylalanine. I had never heard of it. DUH.... I bet many of you have not either.

Look at the ingredients in all of your diet foods and drinks, and candy. YOU will find it.

The FDA says it is a fine product. Do you always trust the FDA? I have in the past. Of course in recent years I have come to question a lot of things concerning our food and the FDA.

Do you trust our politicians? Well if you do I have a bridge I want to sell you. In doing more research on the subject of Aspartame I have found that a lot of people (big shots in the government) made a lot of money when they agreed to pass aspartame being put in our food. So what, who cares, if you or I or many many other people get sick and die, yes die from using this product. As long as there is money to be made from the stuff, hey let it stay on our grocery store shelves.

If you want to know more about the subject go here or here or if you want to hear what I think is mostly a bunch of bull $#*%!!!!! Go here this is Aspartame's official site. When doing your research you will find many many sites on the subject.

Now go do your research but, first throw away that diet Coke you are drinking!!!!!!!!!

P.S. You all know how much I love Pepsi, well I have not had one in a month. I have gone down this path before. I hope I can stay on it.

I started drinking Fresca to replace it, only to find out Fresca is full of Aspartame. I guess I will keep looking, meanwhile water is doing the trick.

I realize there are a lot of things in our food that are not good for us. Mary left a very good comment on this topic. I am however, going to stay away from aspartame.


Kristina P. said...

Aspartame has been controversial for a long time. I know some people say it causes cancers in rats.

I don't think that will stop me from drinking diet soda.

Nana said...

Kristina, Kristina, you poor little rat.

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Mary said...

This has been a controversial issue for awhile because I remember everybody on the low carb diet boards (yeah, I did it for awhile) talking about it several years ago. I don't know where I stand on it except to say all things in moderation and that any artificial sweetener is probably only "okay" when limited. Which we humans tend NOT to do, especially when we are trying to cut back on sugar, and you're right - it's in everything!

That said, I have heard that some people when they eliminated all sources of artificial sweeteners have seen some improvement with certain health issues, but I'm not sure that's not just eating better overall and avoiding the artificial stuff from all sources. Truth is, we should all be eating foods that are closest to the source they came from - things that rot naturally - and not packaged foods, or nutritionally bankrupt sources like sodas of any kind. Just my two cents.

bj said...

This has been very tossed back and forth for years now. My daughter is an RN and she is scared of too much aspartame but I don't think a little would do much harm. She says drinking one soft drink with sugar is much better for you than 2 or 3 diet drinks. I think it is like anything else...good sense and moderation.

Grand Pooba said...

Okay I'm gonna say this but don't get mad at me because I know plenty of others who feel the same way.

I'm totally willing to take the risk and drink the diet drinks so I don't gain weight and avoid the sugar.

True story.

Joycee said...

We have to be scientists anymore to know all the dangers. FDA does nothing, we might as well not even have an agency that's SUPPOSED to protect citizens from dangerous ingredients. I watch Dr. Oz daily and he reveals so much on that show. Read his Real Age books and they are chocked full of good information that will help you eliminate the bad and find the good. Great post!

Amanda said...

Ugh, I've hated aspertame for the longest time right along with saccrine and that new crap they've got out now splenda. They taste totally nasty and everything they put it in you can just taste it, it's the nasty after taste you're always left with. Blech!

Good for you for giving it up, I'm convinced that it causes cancer and all manner of other bad stuff! Plus, I suspect it of being a migraine trigger, the few times I've ever eaten/ingested it it's been followed with one of the nastiest migraines in recorded history!

If you see it in your food put get rid of it and run in the other direction!!

Cherie said...

I kicked my COKE habit recently. I never drank diet because I have a very and when I say very I mean VERY health conscious Father In Law who has told me all about how bad aspartame is for many years.
He also knows how bad sugar is in large amounts (as well as refined foods - white flour, etc...and hydrogenated oils - it'll all kill you and it is all in junk food!) so after years of literally drinking sugar all day (coke) I kicked my habit January 1st and I am not looking back.

It has not been easy but now I don't crave it at all. I drink water, I make smoothies with no sugar and it is all good.

Congrats on kicking the Pepsi! You can keep it up!!!

Jane In The Jungle said...

I've known about it for a long time...and we never allow diet drinks here for us or the kids,never have...I'm VERY adament about that. Should have seen me the day I walked into my in-laws to see them giving one of my sons diet coke...uh..hello...mama bear here!!!!! Give me some good ol' sweet tea, coffee, or water with lemon:)

wendy said...

I have also heard of this controversy. We would probably all be apalled at the "dangers" that are in our foods/drinks.

I don't think as of yet, I am disciplined enough to STOP drinking my Diet Coke.
Sometimes I have to just pick my "cleanest dirty shirt" as they say.

Connie said...

I remember reading that it can cause bladder cancer along with other health issues. There are so many things out there that we need to be careful about eating. I think if we knew EVERYTHING, we'd starve!

Mimi Sue said...

I do like the moderation in all things statement. I just don't live it very well. (please pass the chocolate) Mimi