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WynnieG 02-13-2006 10:51 AM

OT- NY Times article on Aspartame Study
 
A new Aspartame study discussed in a recent Times article was a pretty disturbing read.

I know that at some point in my life I've consumed this stuff, and to know that it turns to formaldehyde in your system -- !!! Ugh. I'm never buying chewing gum or breath mints again. Thank goodness I was never a fan of diet soda.

The thing that gets me is that this additive is in soooo many items we don't even think about. Toothpaste. Chewing Gum. Muffin mixes. Kid's lunch box drinks.

I sometimes wonder if the FDA is getting paid off to let these chemicals into the food market, so that the pharmaceutical lobby will have a disease to treat (and charge us for a 'branded' medication) down the line. I wouldn't put it past them.

Jaxhil 02-13-2006 03:14 PM

I quit drinking it 7 yrs ago, when I was pregnant with my second DS-my DMIL told me about the dangers and I haven't touched the stuff since!

It was nasty anyway, lol

Vendie 02-13-2006 05:51 PM

I would rather give up pop all together than drink diet pops. yuck.

It's interesting to note tho that formaldehyde is one of the by-products of alcohol metabolism. But of course, you'd have to be a chronic heavy drinker to really deal with the effects of that.

Julie 02-13-2006 06:29 PM

I can't stomach the taste of artificial sweeteners...good thing because they're so skeeeeery. :shock:

Darhain 02-13-2006 07:21 PM

Re: OT- NY Times article on Aspartame Study
 
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Originally Posted by WynnieG
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I sometimes wonder if the FDA is getting paid off to let these chemicals into the food market, so that the pharmaceutical lobby will have a disease to treat (and charge us for a 'branded' medication) down the line. I wouldn't put it past them.

Well, perhaps not by the pharm companies (though I wouldn't doubt it), but by the chemical companies that are producing these things, yep. Lobbyists make big money, sister, and for a reason. :(

If it ain't natural, I don't want it. Hell, even if it is natural, sometimes I don't want it (sugar, anyone?) ... it's so sad that we've gotten so far away from the nutritious way in which we were intended to fortify our bodies.

knittingachiever 02-13-2006 08:06 PM

There are so many things out there that are worse for our health than chemical additives. We'll all die from exposure to the chemicals spilling out our car exhausts long before NutraSweet could hurt us.

I don't trust government agencies further than I can throw them, but generally the science that the FDA and the USDA bases their decisions on is pretty sound.

Jan in CA 02-13-2006 08:07 PM

Well, I happen to LIKE Diet Coke and I only drink maybe 3 a week, not the 5 twenty ouncers a day they did the test on so I think I"ll survive. I don't mind drinks with splenda though so if that was an option in my DC I'd go for it.

knittingachiever 02-13-2006 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Well, I happen to LIKE Diet Coke and I only drink maybe 3 a week, not the 5 twenty ouncers a day they did the test on so I think I"ll survive. I don't mind drinks with splenda though so if that was an option in my DC I'd go for it.


Jan in CA 02-13-2006 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by knittingachiever
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Well, I happen to LIKE Diet Coke and I only drink maybe 3 a week, not the 5 twenty ouncers a day they did the test on so I think I"ll survive. I don't mind drinks with splenda though so if that was an option in my DC I'd go for it.


Well there you go! I wonder if I'm drinking it now and didn't know.. :thinking:

JENinIA 02-13-2006 09:22 PM

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Well there you go! I wonder if I'm drinking it now and didn't know.. :thinking:[/quote]

I think the DC with Splenda is the DC Zero - it says Splenda on the can or whatever- or at least it did last time I looked. They also have the reg DC which is the aspartame.


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