Aspartame

Aspartame is an artificial sugar substitute. It was originally sold under the brand name of Nutra-Sweet.

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What gum does not have aspartame in it?

Very very little gum doesn't have aspartame in it. Mainly bubble gum has no aspartame but I found some aspartame in Hubba Bubba.

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Does aspartame cause multiple sclerosis?

No other consumable substance on the face of the earth has been studied more than aspartame. Over 30 years and over 200 scientific studies (the REAL kind, with words like "double-blind," "placebo-controlled," and "randomized" in their titles) have proven, re-proven, and reaffirmed, that aspartame is safe.

Researchers have spent a great deal of time reviewing every claim by people who believe that aspartame causes everything from MS (which, by the way, no one knows the cause, and has been documented for over 200 years, LONG before aspartame was even invented) to migraines and bulging eyes. Not a single claim of any cause has panned out under true scientific scrutiny. If you do have "proof" that aspartame causes any sort of disorder, look through your proof and see if there are any scientific studies that were done. Scientific studies use the big words above -- randomized, placebo-controlled, and double-blind. Those tenets of a true scientific study ensure that there is no bias in the group and that the substance is tested against a "placebo," or a control substance. In essence, if there is no appreciable difference between the group which took the tested substance and the group which took a placebo, you can say that the substance did not appreciably contribute to those people developing the symptom in question.

Now, to more of the scientific detail. Aspartame is a compound made of two ingredients: aspartic acid, and phenylalanine. When aspartame is consumed, it is broken down in the body into three components: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. These three substances are then absorbed by the body and used in natural body processes, the same way your body uses those three substances when they are derived from food. None of the components of aspartame, nor aspartame itself, builds up in the body. The amounts of the three substances derived from aspartame are far smaller than you would get from food as well. For example, if you were to have a glass of tomato juice, you'd get about six times the methanol than you'd get from an aspartame-sweetened drink of roughly the same size. A glass of skim milk would give you six times the phenylalanine and thirteen times the aspartic acid you'd get from an equivalent aspartame-sweetened drink.

In short, hundreds of scientific studies over the past three decades have all resulted in the same outcome, and the same conclusion: aspartame is safe.

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Does acesulfame potassium contain aspartame?

No, acesulfame potassium is an entirely different molecular entity. However, many diet soft drinks that contain acesulfame potassium also contain aspartame as an artificial sweetener.

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What sweeteners do not contain aspartame?

Splenda is one that does not contain aspartame. It contains sucralose.

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Aspartame

What happens if you water a plant with aspartame water?

aspartame is a 0 calorie sweetener, more commonly known as Nutrasweet or Equal

I recently did an experiment where I watered 3 mung bean plants with water and another 3 plants with aspartame-water. I used a 1/2 teaspoon of Equal mixed with 6 oz of water and poured 2 oz off the mixture on each plant. The same with regular but without the Equal. The aspartame plants started to smell rotten. I conducted my experiment for 3 weeks. On the last day the aspartame plants grew tall but the stems weren't as strong and the leaves looked misshapen, not like the regular, so my advice to you is not to water your soil with aspartame.

aspartame converts into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) in the human body when it is digested. it is possible that is the cause of the decay and eventual death of your plants. it may be that the same chemical process happens in plants as well and well... its just common sense on what happens next. as for people complaining that aspartame is bad for you... it is... but when used in moderation its just as bad for you as sugar. (which also kills you when you have had too much).

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Is a artificial sweeteners that contains aspartame a element or mixture?

Aspartame itself is a compound, but if a sweetener contains it it is a mixture.

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Does hermesetas contain aspartame?

The Hermesetas website says that Hermesetas Gold DOES contain a blend of ASPARTAME and something else!

So it issomething to weigh up when considering the question of just what products contain apartame.

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What does aspartame do to your body?

Good question. There is a lot of debate about this issue. Here are some known facts:

  1. Weight gain - slows the metabolism significantly. You are better off drinking regular soda for example than diet.
  2. Pregnant women shouldn't touch anything with aspartame since it isn't known if it can damage the fetus.
  3. Causes hunger when there is none.
  4. Possibly destroys neurons (brain cells).
  5. Headaches
  6. Dizziness
  7. Menstrual problems
  8. sleep disorders
  9. fatigue

In other words DONT DRINK DIET DRINKS!!!!!!!

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How many drinks containing Aspartame can you safely consume each day?

If you have been tested and found to NOT be phenylketonuric, go for it. If you ARE phenylketonuric, any amount of aspartame can cause serious problems. Laws in most states require that infants be tested for phenylketonurea before they are allowed out of the hospital. If you were born in a hospital, you have been tested. If you have eaten a banana and not gone into siezures or suffered serious brain damage, you are NOT phenylketonuric and you could safely consue the amount of aspartame that is in 12 diet cokes every day. On the other hand, you SHOULD be concerned with the phosphoric acid and some of the other chemicals that are in soft drinks, and restrict your intake of them. === === Note: This information required a Freedom Of Information Act request to pry it from the reluctant hands of the FDA. Nutrasweet (brand name for Aspartame) was not approved until 1981, in dry foods. For over eight years the FDA refused to approve it because of the seizures and brain tumors this drug produced in lab animals. The FDA continued to refuse to approve it until President Reagan took office (a friend of Searle) and fired the FDA Commissioner who wouldn't approve it. Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed as commissioner. Even then there was so much opposition to approval that a Board of Inquiry was set up. The Board said: "Do not approve aspartame". Dr. Hayes OVERRULED his own Board of Inquiry. Shortly after Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., approved the use of aspartame in carbonated beverages, he left for a position with G.D. Searle's Public Relations firm. Long-Term Damage. It appears to cause slow, silent damage in those unfortunate enough to not have immediate reactions and a reason to avoid it. It may take one year, five years, 10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and some irreversible changes in health over long-term use. METHANOL (AKA WOOD ALCOHOL/POISON) (10% OF ASPARTAME) Methanol/wood alcohol is a deadly poison. People may recall that methanol was the poison that has caused some "skid row" alcoholics to end up blind or dead. Methanol is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounter the enzyme chymotrypsin. The absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free methanol is ingested. Free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above 86 Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or when it is heated (e.g., as part of a "food" product such as Jello). Methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. An EPA assessment of methanol states that methanol "is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed. In the body, methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formic acid; both of these metabolites are toxic." The recommend a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day. A one-liter (approx. 1 quart) aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol. Heavy users of aspartame-containing products consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily or 32 times the EPA limit. See the nearby links for an official FDA view and an independent assessment.

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Aspartame

How does Coke affect your health?

Coke will give you extra energy.If you drink too much you could gain weight.It isn't good for your teeth either. It's okay to have a can maybe 1-2 cans / bottles a day

Diet coke and coke zero contain an additive called 951 this can give you brain cancer and leukemia.

To improve on the above answer, Coke has around 40 grams of added sugar for one 12 oz. can. Your daily limit of added sugar if you are an adult male is 37 grams. For a woman, it's only 25 grams. For a child or teen, it is higher, around 65 grams at the highest. If you have a can of Coke a day, let alone 2 or more, you have already consumed 3 to 15 grams more than you should have of added sugar for the entire day if you are an adult. This is only a 12 oz. can we are talking about. Double this and you have had 80 grams of added sugar! And just off sugary water! If you were going to enjoy your sugar, instead of Coke, have something more gourmet and not so dense in sugar like Coke. For example, have a lollipop, which you can suck on for a long time instead of devour in a minute. Or, have fruit ice, which even has some real fruit in it as well. Coke can also replace healthier beverages like milk and fruit juice. In fact, if given the option to them, many teens will choose Coke over milk, despite whether they know what the nutritional content is or not. So it is no surprise that teens are now developing

Type 2 diabetes at an extremely young age as well as increasing their risks for osteoporosis and other diseases of the spine. Though Diet Coke is known for aspartame, an artificial zero-cal sweetener, it is better than regular Coke. The little energy that Coke does give you will wear off within 10 or 15 minutes at the most. But out of all beverages, water is always the best choice. With zero calories and a guaranteed hydration, you won't be inquiring anything about water, because H2o is what Mother Nature truly intended humans to have.

Coke is actually not as bad as coco-cola or Pepsi since it contains slightly less sugars and carbohydrates. Regular coke has about 160-170 calories from sugars, and is high in carbohydrates and sodium. It also has some additive substances added inside to make the flavor pleasant, but can cause addictions. Soda is known to cause acne as well. Diet coke or coke zero can be a pleasant drink to enjoy, since it has 0 calories and 0 sugars added inside. But it is cheaper and free to drink water instead.

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Does aspartame help people with the genetic disease phenylketonuria?

Aspartame is a sweetener that is made up of two amino acids, one of them is call phenylalanine. The digestive system of those who have the genetic disease, phenylketonuria cannot digest this amino acid. It wreaks havoc in their bodies; so it does not help but hurt. This is why there is a warning label on products with aspartame warning those with phenylketonuria that there is phenylalanine in the product.

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How is aspartame bad for you?

I don't know the word but maybe I can answer it later.

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What artificial sweeteners do not contain aspartame?

Aspartame is sold in the US as Nutrasweet and Equal.

Sweet N' Low is saccharine.

Splenda is sucralose.

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Chewing Gum
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Does 5 gum have aspartame?

Yes it does.

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Beer and Brewing
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Is there aspartame in lite beer?

the answer I am getting is yes there is in some. But all breweries, with the exception of a few, do not disclose that information on their websites, nor do they advertise it. I do think it is a violation of federal law to not put the Phenylketonurics warning on something that contains phenylalanine as it can be harmful or fatal to Phenylketonurics. So I guess look at the side of the bottle and if you see the familiar warning about phenylalanine then dont drink it. ASPARTAME KILLS!!!!

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What is the effect of aspartame on teeth?

Asparatame is considered an alternative sweetener. Alternative sweeteners are essentially calorie-free and at least 30 times sweeter than sucrose. There currently are five alternative sweeteners approved for use in the United States: saccharin, acesulfame-K, sucralose, aspartame and neotame. Aspartame is composed of two naturally occurring amino acids (the building blocks of protein) - phenylalanine and aspartate. Aspartame has a flavor similar to sucrose, and also functions as a taste intensifier and enhancer. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sucrose and has no aftertaste. A packet of this sweetener is equivalent in sweetness to two teaspoons of sugar (32 calories), for just four calories. Products that contain aspartame must carry a warning to people with phenylketonuria, a rare genetic disorder that prevents proper metabolism of phenylalanine. Unlike the alternate sweeteners saccharin, cyclamate acesulfame K, neotame and sucralose, which have no nutritional value, aspartame contributes calories. This is due to the fact that it can be used by the body just as any other protein, but the amounts are so small that its caloric value is insignificant. Aspartame does not contribute to tooth decay.

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Aspartame

What is the comparison between Aspartame and acesulfame potassium?

Neither. If you want your drink sweet, use sugar or honey or another all-natural sweetener.

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Does Gatorade contain aspArtame?

yes

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How much damage does aspartame do to your body?

Consider that aspartame (branded as "Equal", "NutraSweet") is considered an ant insecticide. It was previously banned by the FDA for causing brain tumors, until the chairman of the corporation's board, Donald Rumsfield, encouraged the FDA to change the status of aspartame from a hazardous material to "generally recognized as safe". Since then, the documents from the FDA about brain tumors have disappeared, but the numbers can still be found in independent university research. I have provided links to more information in the related links.

"Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include:

Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain."

The use of Aspartame has been banned in several European countries - and for good reason. I have added several links to help with information and research.

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What are aspartame and saccharin?

These are both artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is used in soft drinks and sugar-free gum, while saccharin is used mostly in lollies and drinks and is what is usually in the little sweetener packets at cafes.

They are both many times sweeter than normal white sugar and there is always a lot of controversy about them being bad for your health - ie cancer causing.

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Does aspartame increase insulin levels?

NO! The blood glucose effect is statistically INSIGNIFICANT!! This is a myth. This concerned me as I am trying to lose weight and several studies have been done, however the one below I feel is the clearest.

Twelve normal subjects and 10 subjects with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus were given, in random order at intervals of greater than or equal to 1 wk, three drinks of the same beverage: one unsweetened, one sweetened with 400 mg aspartame, and one sweetened with 135 mg saccharin. The amount of sweetener approximated that in 1 L of sugar-free soft drink. Plasma glucose, insulin, and glucagon were measured for 3 h after ingestion of the test beverage. Plasma glucose declined slightly throughout the test period, probably due to fasting, with no differences between the three treatments. Neither sweetener affected peak insulin levels in subjects with or without diabetes. Analysis of area under the curve showed that mean insulin levels were statistically significantly higher after aspartame than after saccharin or unsweetened beverage in normal subjects only, but the magnitude of the difference was small and unlikely to be of physiological importance in the absence of differences in glucose levels. Furthermore, the differences could largely be accounted for by a decrease in insulin values after both unsweetened beverage and saccharin, with no change from baseline after aspartame. Glucagon levels showed time-to-time variation but no overall differences. We conclude that ingestion of aspartame- or saccharin-sweetened beverages by fasting subjects, with or without diabetes, did not affect blood glucose homeostasis.

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What is the difference between aspartame acesulfame potassium and acesulfame K?

acesulfame potassium and acesulfame K are the same exact thing, just named differently. The nickname for acesulfame potassium is "Ace-K", hence the K in acesulfame K.

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Does aspartame hinder weight loss?

Absolutely YES!! Aspartame raises blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is too high, the pancreas releases insulin into the blood stream to regulate (lower) blood sugar. Blood sugar (glucose) plus insulin equals body fat. Raised blood sugar levels hinder weight loss and even cause weight gain.

Aspartame has many other side effects as well. It is made from a nasty combination of chemicals that should not be consumed by anyone who values their health. Many people who suffer from migraines find that they cease once they quit consuming aspartame and/or MSG.

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How many milligrams of aspartame are contained in each 1 gram packet of Equal sweetener?

I have seen references to 35 mg per packet.

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Does beer contain aspartame?

Yes! What I'm trying to find out is which beers so I can avoid them.

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