Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aspartame and Fibro Pain

Can your diet soda be making your fibro symptoms worse? One small change may help you feel a little better. I am talking about eliminating a common artificial sweetener from your diet. One of the low/no-calorie sweeteners called Aspartmae contains aspartate which is an amino acid that can work as a neurotransmitter stimulant that increases pain signling to the brain! It has been linked to fibro symptoms and widespread pain in one case study and suspected in others.  Steer clear of products containing Aspartame (you may find it even in toothpastes, yogurts,  and chewing gum -- so check your food labels).  Below is a list of sweetners with Aspartame:
  • Nutrasweet
  • Equal
  • Neotame
  • Aminosweet
  • Canderel
  • Spoonful
  • Equal-Measure
  • SC-18862
If you must have a low/no-calorie sweetener, some alternatives are:
  • Sweet n' Low (saccharin)
  • Spenda (sucralose)
  • Stevia (herbal extract - beware that is does contain low amounts of maltodextrin (glutamate))
Personally, I avoid any type of low/no-calorie sweetner because they can give me headaches/migraines and increase anxiety.  I go for plain old fashioned sugar and honey but stay away from high fructose corn syrup.

Maybe changing your sweetener  choices today will help some of your pain go away!

Source: Diet and Nutrition: Fibromyalgia Network


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