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Aspartame. A warning!

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I think that everybody is aware of the controvosy surrounding this sweetener. Well I have first hand experience of the dangers of this poison.

For those of you that have been reading my Journal you will know that I posted about my skin becoming inflamed, and holding water etc etc. It all began when I had a shave and then did some decorating. I believed that the sweat, paint and dust had agitated it and caused the inflamation, which it probably did. It is now 3 weeks since the shave, and 2 weeks since it flared up badly.

I have been having some mild secondary flare ups in other places and have thought nothing much of it.

During this week it was clearing up and settling down nicely. Then yesterday the itching started and a nettle rash came up on the inside of my biceps.

I began thinking what could be causing it. I thought maybe it was my body fighting back as I am into the last days of contest prep.

Then it dawned on me! Thursday evening I smashed a 2ltr bottle Dr Pepper Zero, and friday it started again. Then I had 500ml of Coke zero whilst driving yesterday afternoon, then another 500ml after my evening cardio. I then played poker yesterday evening, and had a 2 ltr bottle of sprite zero. I know this sounds a lot, but i figured i was only a couple of days away from cutting out all crap.

Last night my skin became really hot and itchy. At 4am this morning I woke up as i couldn't bare the irritation anymore. I grabbed my laptop and put 'aspartame skin rash' into google. Hey presto! it's a fairly common cause of skin rashes, hives, and urticaria.

I then googled images of urticaria..........

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This is exactly what mine looks like........

I then did a quick assessment of what I have been doing and it all adds up. I was even drinking loads of diet drinks when I was decorating. I then looked at my effervescent vitamin C tabs, and yep! they have aspartame in. The sugar free jelly I eat.....Aspartame! I've been consuming silly amounts of this sh1t, and I have no doubt others have on a cut up do.

I've been to the shops and got some piriteze antihistamine, and some pure vitamin C powder. I am now on the pre-comp 8ltrs of water a day now. So if my skin clears now I am off the poison it will confirm my suspicion.

Shocking isn't it!

For those wanting more information just google

Aspartame skin rashes

Aspartame urticaria

Aspartame hives

Aspartame Nettle rash

For me this confirms that this stuff has no place in human nutrition, and total avoidance from now on for me.

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Woah mate that looks bad....best of luck with the recovery :thumb:

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Agree mate this stuff is really not suitable for human consumption.

If I use a sweetener I try to make sure it is sucralose as that has been widely deemed as safe.

I hope your symptoms clear asap!

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aspartame isnt as bad as its made out to be. some people have adverse reactiosn to alot of things. you will get better joe, just stop drinking so much lol.

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Looks bad mate; topical steroids (the good kind) e.g. hydrocortisone should sort it out.

Anyway can develop an allergic reaction to any substance at any time in their life- dont know what I'd do if I couldn't have coke :lol: :lol:

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Aspartame is nasty stuff.

Stevia is probably the most natural, although the taste is not the same as sugar or sweeteners.

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Looks bad mate; topical steroids (the good kind) e.g. hydrocortisone should sort it out.

Anyway can develop an allergic reaction to any substance at any time in their life- dont know what I'd do if I couldn't have coke :lol: :lol:

my mate reckons it was CLA that caused him to lose his sight for a short time and have headaches, like a migraine.

to be honest I'm not sure a fatty acid can do such a thing, maybe a bad batch? lol

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And it's not just aspartame - saccharin can give rashes too.

One hot summer I drank quite a lot of diet coke and got bad rashes, and especially an itchy nob.

My wise old Doc knew instantly what it was - apparently it was rife that summer - and told me to stop drinking stuff sweetened with saccharin and to drink plenty of plain water.

I did, and the rashes and itching went away in 2 days without any treatment.

I rarely touch diet drinks now.

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I am sorry but how can anyone speculate it's substance X that gives skin rashes when we are exposed in so different chemicals from air,food , water every day?

Is there any solid scientific evidence that aspartame is responsible for skin rashes ? Not that I am aware of , if anyone else is aware of please post. BIGJOE you are consuming way too much water that your (or any other man's) intestine is physiologically accustomed too , it is very likely something passed into your system because of disturbed digestion and caused an immune mediated response.

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i was told that aspartame has been banned in the us and most of europe, there is evidence to link it to causing cancer. not good stuff.

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I am sorry but how can anyone speculate it's substance X that gives skin rashes when we are exposed in so different chemicals from air,food , water every day?

Is there any solid scientific evidence that aspartame is responsible for skin rashes ? Not that I am aware of , if anyone else is aware of please post. BIGJOE you are consuming way too much water that your (or any other man's) intestine is physiologically accustomed too , it is very likely something passed into your system because of disturbed digestion and caused an immune mediated response.

In my post above, you will notice i wrote that if it clears when ridding it from diet it will confirm my suspicion. I am very careful about the way I word things, so as not to suggest something is certain without overwhelming evidence. I am merely stating that when googleing there is plenty of information connecting aspartame and urticaria. I am stating that my skin was settling down, and when I consumed a large quantity of aspartame it flared up again. The zero drinks were the ONLY change to my diet in the 48 hours that it re-flared. I can be pretty sure of this, as I am on a cut and I eat the same boring stuff every friggin day!

If my skin doesn't clear whilst on aspartame avoidance the my suspicion will have been wrong, however. Evidence is pointing towards this being the problem.

As for water consumption, I am into last week before show day, and it's part of the drying out routine, and only started today. Previous to today it was about 4ltrs a day.

I am also fully aware of adverse reactions to food, as it is my job to know, I am responsible for systems and procedures to prevent allergen cross contamination in food, so have done lots of courses on the subject. I was even at the Allergy show last weekend working there on one of the stands.

So please don't tell me it's this or that, or that there is no way of knowing because I haven't said for certain what it is, i have stated a case of probability towards aspartame causing the problem.

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Thank you buddy for the info I did suffer from this 3 weeks ago and thought it was bed bugs I guess I was wrong thanks

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I just had a large diet coke from mcdonalds. Miss you all.

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In my post above, you will notice i wrote that if it clears when ridding it from diet it will confirm my suspicion. I am very careful about the way I word things, so as not to suggest something is certain without overwhelming evidence. I am merely stating that when googleing there is plenty of information connecting aspartame and urticaria. I am stating that my skin was settling down, and when I consumed a large quantity of aspartame it flared up again. The zero drinks were the ONLY change to my diet in the 48 hours that it re-flared. I can be pretty sure of this, as I am on a cut and I eat the same boring stuff every friggin day!

If my skin doesn't clear whilst on aspartame avoidance the my suspicion will have been wrong, however. Evidence is pointing towards this being the problem.

As for water consumption, I am into last week before show day, and it's part of the drying out routine, and only started today. Previous to today it was about 4ltrs a day.

I am also fully aware of adverse reactions to food, as it is my job to know, I am responsible for systems and procedures to prevent allergen cross contamination in food, so have done lots of courses on the subject. I was even at the Allergy show last weekend working there on one of the stands.

So please don't tell me it's this or that, or that there is no way of knowing because I haven't said for certain what it is, i have stated a case of probability towards aspartame causing the problem.

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So everybody in this thread should agree it is aspartame causing this? :confused1:

You have not stated a probability , the title of the topic is pretty clear cut that it is aspartame causing adverse reactions , no probability more like a certainty.

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So everybody in this thread should agree it is aspartame causing this? :confused1:

You have not stated a probability , the title of the topic is pretty clear cut that it is aspartame causing adverse reactions , no probability more like a certainty.

Well 48 hours after removing Aspartame completely from diet, guess what! Skin settling nicely. Again, nothing has changed, except the removal of the artificial sweetener aspartame. So right now, YES I am stating that Aspartame has been the main contributing factor to my skin rash (urticaria).

When your body reacts to something, anything, in an adverse way, it doesn't take a genius to work out the most likely source. All you have got to do is take stock of what you have been consuming, or what you have done different. Experiment a little, and sooner or later you will find the problem. Hell! it took me almost 3 weeks to work it out, but I got there.

I really don't understand what you point is.

If there wasn't any controversy and sh1t loads of anecdotal evidence of the adverse reactions to aspartame. Plus plenty of science to back up its toxicity then you may have a point, and my case would be pretty shallow.

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Woke up this morning, and skin is improved again, confident that it will all be clear now by end of week in time for tanning for show. Again, I would like to reiterate that the only change I have made is the removal of Aspartame.

I've also ordered some pure stevia leaf powder for sweetening my green tea and coffee in future.

Thanks everyone for reading, and I hope that no-one else has go through this, especially during a contest prep.

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interesting stuff i sometimes suffer from itchy skin rashes i just yous hydrocortisone iv never even heard of aspartame before

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interesting stuff i sometimes suffer from itchy skin rashes i just yous hydrocortisone iv never even heard of aspartame before

Aspartame is in nearly everything that is sugar free. Hydrocortisone treats the skin, however. Most skin problems are not a problem with the skin, but a problem inside the body. The skin is like a second liver when it comes to getting rid of poisons in the body.

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I don't think you can say with any certainty that aspartame is the main contributor to your problems.

You say that the only change you made was the removal of aspartame. However, when you got rid of aspartame, you also removed many other ingredients which are all potential confounding factors. One being acesulfame potassium, which is often present with aspartame (the combination supposedly makes the sweetness taste more authentic).

Many food-additives have been shown to have some association with urticaria. Perhaps it was aspartame, but there isn't enough evidence to isolate that as the 'main contributor'.

Aspartame isn't banned in the US or UK as, so far, the bulk of scientific research into the potentially harmful effects of aspartame have shown that it is very much safe for consumption (in normal quantities). A very small number of organisations have voluntarily withdrawn the use of aspartame from products, however, this is not based upon scientific research, but upon the demand of the misinformed. The situation greatly parallels the supposed MMR-autism link as once concern about something exists (even if such concern is unfounded) it is incredibly difficult to correct and people will remain wary regardless.

Point being, aspartame is (in general) a safe ingredient. Some people may have adverse effects (this applies to pretty much everything) and in the wise words of Cheryl Cole, too much of anything can make you sick.

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i have to say its very likely that aspartame caused the rash and has been known to cause many many issues i believe its even linked to parkinsons. That said so's milk soo.

Unfortunately most of the artificial sweeteners around cause issues, however your left with little choice really. On a personal note ive not yet had any adverse reactions thankfully.

As dom said many many things cause adverse reactions in certain people.

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I don't think you can say with any certainty that aspartame is the main contributor to your problems.

You say that the only change you made was the removal of aspartame. However, when you got rid of aspartame, you also removed many other ingredients which are all potential confounding factors. One being acesulfame potassium, which is often present with aspartame (the combination supposedly makes the sweetness taste more authentic).

Many food-additives have been shown to have some association with urticaria. Perhaps it was aspartame, but there isn't enough evidence to isolate that as the 'main contributor'.

Aspartame isn't banned in the US or UK as, so far, the bulk of scientific research into the potentially harmful effects of aspartame have shown that it is very much safe for consumption (in normal quantities). A very small number of organisations have voluntarily withdrawn the use of aspartame from products, however, this is not based upon scientific research, but upon the demand of the misinformed. The situation greatly parallels the supposed MMR-autism link as once concern about something exists (even if such concern is unfounded) it is incredibly difficult to correct and people will remain wary regardless.

Point being, aspartame is (in general) a safe ingredient. Some people may have adverse effects (this applies to pretty much everything) and in the wise words of Cheryl Cole, too much of anything can make you sick.

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What is it with you people?

I don't mind you defending the safety of aspartame, but just saying its safe because recent scientific research said so isn't evidence enough for me. Who funded the research? Did the funding have an vested interest in the manufacture and or distribution of aspartame etc etc.

It's not like mine is an isolated case, just google and you will see that it is fairly common to get urticaria from aspartame.

You are correct, that there i no such thing a certainty, because if there was we would never have advanced as a race. Certainty should always be questioned, in order to propel knowledge.

BUT! For fcuk sake, I've had a reaction over 3 weeks ago, and i've tried all sorts, and have analysed what I'm doing and elimination of 1 thing has sorted the problem. That pretty much gives a 90% convincing case that 'I AS AN INDIVIDUAL GET A REACTION TO ASPARTAME AFTER LONG PERIODS AT HIGH AMOUNTS'

I have no doubt that in normal quantities I would be OK as I have in the past.

It just seems that some people have an issue with me having a reaction to aspartame. WHY???

There are some people on here that get anaphylactic reactions to certain foods, I think someone on here has full blown anaphylactic reactions to limes, go and question him why he is certain it is limes that cause it.

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Lol I get a flare up of spots/cycsts every 4 weeks and it lasts for 5 days exactly, then it goes away completely and clear skin always has done this. I drink the odd can of diet pepsi, damn you aspartame :'(

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:cursing::cursing::cursing:

What is it with you people?

I don't mind you defending the safety of aspartame, but just saying its safe because recent scientific research said so isn't evidence enough for me. Who funded the research? Did the funding have an vested interest in the manufacture and or distribution of aspartame etc etc.

It's not like mine is an isolated case, just google and you will see that it is fairly common to get urticaria from aspartame.

You are correct, that there i no such thing a certainty, because if there was we would never have advanced as a race. Certainty should always be questioned, in order to propel knowledge.

BUT! For fcuk sake, I've had a reaction over 3 weeks ago, and i've tried all sorts, and have analysed what I'm doing and elimination of 1 thing has sorted the problem. That pretty much gives a 90% convincing case that 'I AS AN INDIVIDUAL GET A REACTION TO ASPARTAME AFTER LONG PERIODS AT HIGH AMOUNTS'

I have no doubt that in normal quantities I would be OK as I have in the past.

It just seems that some people have an issue with me having a reaction to aspartame. WHY???

There are some people on here that get anaphylactic reactions to certain foods, I think someone on here has full blown anaphylactic reactions to limes, go and question him why he is certain it is limes that cause it.

:cursing::cursing::cursing::cursing:

I would most definitely question him if he started a thread called: "Limes. A warning!" and posted anti-lime propaganda from some conspiracy theorist on youtube. Especially if he had reached his conclusion having given up some sort of fruit cocktail containing many other fruits, which is effectively what you seem to have done here.

I never said that aspartame was not to blame for your issue, just that from what you've said, it could be down to many ingredients, as aspartame was not the only thing you've removed from your diet.

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