What is Avoid aspartame (sweetener)?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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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 74 10
Multiple Sclerosis 28 1
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 15 1
Allergic reaction 5 0
Migraine headaches 5 1
Fibromyalgia 3 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 12

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

Side effect Patients
Headaches 2
Breathing difficulty 1
Vertigo 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Dosage Patients
daily 13
all the time (24/7) 1

Why patients stopped taking Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

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Reason Patients
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 8

Stopped using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients
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 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 11
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4 patient evaluations for Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

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msims1963
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msims1963
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Oct 12, 2016 (Started Apr 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • 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.

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Impy Ann1
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Impy Ann1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Dec 7, 2008 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • 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

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woobie
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woobie
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : moderate
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VL 0
I have:
HIV

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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

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