Aspartame Update

By Copperchef Latest Reply 2014-05-26 22:45:59 -0500
Started 2013-11-13 09:14:45 -0600

Hello All,
About 2 months ago, I quit using all artificial sweeteners including Aspartame. I also avoid any products that use it or any artificial sweetener as an ingredient. I am using whole food products, such as raw honey, agave syrup and even raw cane sugar as my sweeteners. First let me say that a lot of my joint pain has diminished. I suffer from arthritis. Not gone but a lot less of it. I drink my coffee, use half & half, and just a little raw sugar or raw honey. Numbers are good, no big spikes. I also, enjoy my morning whole grain toast with organic peanut butter, raw honey and cinnamon. However, I did not start using the new sweeteners till I was off the artificial ones for a month.
My blood sugars and A1c have been under control for a long time. I would not recommend this for everyone. I talked with my doctor, he has a belief in holistic medicine as well as conventional. To tell you the truth, he was skeptical, but after seeing my results, he was impressed.
I monitored myself religiously for about 8 weeks, 5 times a day, sometimes more. I also tested my A1c every two weeks. all in all, the only change was to increase my Metformin from 500 mg in the morning to 500 mg twice a day. My Victosa has stayed the same at 12mg once in the morning.
Thanks for letting me post, keep you all posted as the experiment continues.

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MOIDEEN 2014-05-26 22:45:59 -0500 Report

All replies help full, When I among the party sometime I make take a bit more food which raise blood sugar, then I add extra 500mg metformin, I have monitored these results, are good, it is delayed means slow increasing of blood glucose, I obtained, is this harm for diabetic patient ? is that regular dosage is better than this ?

Czarina50 2013-11-18 14:54:58 -0600 Report

Good for you! Good to hear some positives, and man I've been hearing positives about healthy, natural foods for years. You confirm it, and add your own positive experiences. I've really always shied away from phony sweeteners, because I hate the way they taste, and I believe the bad reports! My doc, too takes a holistic approach to anything and everything she can, so when I tell her I've changed something for the better, she's thrilled. Thanks again!

Grandmama16 2013-11-14 01:35:59 -0600 Report

Every post says a few seconds ago so I 'm not sure how old this is but let me say that I agree with you. I use Truvia and another sweetener called Monk's fruit for coffee, but for baking I use a generic Splenda. Is that aspartame? However, I don't feel well…depression, fatigue, (had for years but it's worse despite meds). I've heard bad things about Agave syrup…it's mostly fructose. Things can be confusing and artificial sweeteners can make my fibromyalgia worse. My nerve test recently may tell if I have Neuropathy or something else. I take Neurontin for that and 1500 mgs of Metformin to control B/S. I pay attention to carbs but numbers are up and down. In the stories I've read here, tho, there are many a lot worse off. I have type 2 and diagnosed last year…tho denied it for awhile. Now, can't make the easy rice or pasta dishes anymore. Thanks for your input.

gurgle63 2013-11-14 22:11:28 -0600 Report

Good afternoon, I live in NZ. I have been taking Splenda for about 6yrs and there is no Aspartame in it. It's a sugar derivitive, before that I was taking Equal, now, that does have Aspartame present. I find Copperchef's post interesting, I will try the honey and raw brown sugar sometime. I have been Type 2 for 3 yrs, and have basically buried my head in the sand until now. I'm struggling a bit with carbs, but will keep on keeping on.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-14 02:23:28 -0600 Report

Splenda does have aspartame in it. And I'm sorry to hear that! I can't eat pasta because it makes me really sick so I hear ya. :(

jayabee52 2013-11-14 17:36:40 -0600 Report

Howdy JayW
How did you learn that? Nothing I have read said anything remotely similar to that. "Splenda, or sucralose, is made by beginning with a molecule of true and natural sugar. Three hydroxyl groups, or atoms that are composed of hydrogen and oxygen, are removed. These are then substituted with three atoms of chlorine. . . . , the same chlorine found in the bottle of bleach that you use to sanitize the toilet." ( see ~ also see ~ .

Aspartame is made by "Aspartame is made from aspartic acid and phenylalanine, as the methyl ester" ~
Chemically the two substances could not more different.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-13 22:07:10 -0600 Report

Oh my gosh! This is AMAZING because I did the same thing and now I'm so stable and so unbelievably healthy! I'm so happy I finally met someone who agrees that artificially sweeteners are bad for you. Thank you so so so much for posting this. Everyone I talk to literally thinks I'm crazy..but ever since I got diagnosed and I did research on it I stopped using them all together. Ever since, my depression and anxiety is gone, stomach pain is gone, my eye sight got better, my headaches went away, and seriously my blood sugars are always consistent; much more than they ever were.
I hope you continue this experiment! I will as well. :) Best wishes.