What is Avoid aspartame (sweetener)?

Category: Nutrition/Diets


Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 94 11
Multiple sclerosis 41 2
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 18 1
Migraine headaches 7 1
Fibromyalgia 5 0

Show all 18 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Headaches 2
Breathing difficulty 1
Vertigo 1


Based on patients currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 7
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 5
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)


Currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 7

Stopped using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 13
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 11
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4 patient evaluations for Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Oct 12, 2016 (Started Apr 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Dr. Adrian Gross, the FDA’s own toxicologist, testified before Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer. Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It also worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS (and ALS), lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression. Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as 'excitotoxins.' They 'excite' or stimulate the neural cells to death.

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 7, 2008 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My son took me off Aspartame over 20 years ago because his college professor said it was bad for ANYONE and I was already sick with something. He drove all the way home from college and threw out everything in the house with aspartame in it. Now, if I just taste the stuff I gag. Never eat or drink anything without checking first!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 6, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Side effects: headaches

  • 0 helpful marks
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