Baron von Case wrote:I consume an incredible amount of aspartame (Equal) from Diet Coke and I can tell you honestly, having done a lot of research on the subject, that I seriously doubt it leads to any of the terrible things "they" say it does. Granted it is a synthetic chemical, you're not injecting it directly into your veins (are you?), so it's irrational to fear it on that basis. By the time it reaches your bloodstream, aspartame breaks down into the same components found in fruit and starches. So for all purposes, it's pretty natural at the point that counts.
I think, based on the FDA's track record, that if there was any real risk whatsoever, they'd pull it immediately off the market. They're crazy on the ball when it comes to that stuff.
Sadly most of the research on the subject is funded BY Nutrasweet and Equal, so there's a decent chance that if the results came back negative, they wouldn't publish them. But based on what I understand of the chemistry (I won't be obnoxious and list off whatever credentials I have), it's really not as scary as the panicked conspiracy theorists are making it out to be.
You're going to eat either sugar or a substitute (unless you have the will-power of a god), so why not steer clear of diabetes and go with something they've not conclusively found to be dangerous rather than something we've known for centuries will fuck up your health?
Its quite Ironic that aspartame is one of the most tested food additives on the market.
Although some of the tests and trials have been paid for by it's various patent holders over the years, including Monsanto, a fact which is probably one of the main contributing factors to the many myths surrounding aspartame, the important ones have been run by many government agencies in many countries. Although it is true that aspartame has been banned in some countries, it has not been banned based on scientific advice alone. In most cases it has been banned voluntarily on a commercial level by manufactures, suppliers and retailers as a response to consumer pressure based on misinterpreted or often spurious evidence published in the popular media or, more recently, regurgitated on the inter-net.
Lots of this evidence, as well as other reasonings to not eat certain other foods, are based on tests done on rats that will often lead to cancer in those rats. These results are then published out side of the review system and are written up in the popular media as being conclusive. The only conclusive result that comes from animal testing in these examples is that this things can course cancer in rats. People are not rats, peoples digestive and metabolic systems work a lot differently to rats, rats do a lot of things that might cause illness in people, and the same is also true the other way round. At this point i will point out that i don't particularly like any of the aspartame derivatives or branded varieties for the very simple reason that i don't like the flavor.
Sugar also gets a bad rap.
And rightly so in a lot of cases, not because it is intrinsically bad for us, but just because we eat way to much of it.
Sugar does not cause diabetes. Life style and over all diet can help develop type 2 diabetes, after that there are many other contributing factors.
Wether or not you are susceptible to developing T2 Diabetes is based primarily
on your calorie intake and exercise.
Most people get their calories from carbohydrates, in most cases these carbohydrates come from starch.
The most common form of starch is potatoes and bread.
I could easily turn this in to a rant.
Having an informed understanding of these subjects is an important part of my day job.
I'm no expert, but i do have enough understanding to be able to hold a conversation with people who are as well as be able to read materials supplied and understand if they are valuable or not. Most of the information passed on by "nutrionalists" such as the guy running the mercola site, is most often just plain up and down "quackery".
My best advice, for what its worth
, learn what all of the macro-nutriants do and why we need them.
Don't get lost in the small parts, for example it is not important to understand what D3 or B5 do by them selves, there is very little conclusive evidence that any single Vitamin or chemical is a magic bullet that targets a single function in the human body.
Most importantly, eat what ever you want, but make sure it has a wide variety of types or sources of nutrients.
If you don't want to eat meat, or any animal products for that matter, thats fine, but make sure you don't just eat from a single source as the basis of your diet. You should eat from all of the vegetable food groups including roots, stems, leaves, seeds, and flowers. The key to a good diet and consistent nutrition is variety and balance of the macro-nutriants, both on the plate and in general, along side a healthy balanced general life style where you avoid stress or to much alcohol and where smoking is avoided.