allergy to artificial sweeteners??

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 10:14am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Has anyone heard of others getting migraines from stuff like Nutrasweet?? People think I am crazy because I eat full fat/full sugar everything. I've gotten mirgaines(not sure if true allergy) from sugarless gum, diet pop, even fat free yogurt! I am now noticing my kids (my daughter especially) are also getting them (food allergies are big in my kids, peanut/nuts/egg/soy/milk/beef/pork(plus others). Pretty common or am I crazy??!! Thanks [img][/img]

ps, I posted this on another you think this is hubby has been doing Atkins diet for years and all he ever eats is bacon and eggs, hamburger and I have 4 kids allergic to pork, eggs, hamburger and milk! I feel like the Twilight Zone music should start playing!

and SORRY, I really should have posted this under *off topic* but I tried to delete it and I couldn't [img][/img]

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Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 11:05am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

I'm sure it is possible to have an allergy to nutrasweet. My friend's DD is sensitive to anything artificial (food wise) and preservatives in foods too. MSG gives several of my friends migraines too.
Personally, I avoid (when possible)artificial sweeteners- I like the 'real' stuff! Everything in moderation.
PS Interesting thought that your DH's high protein diet may have affected his swimmers!

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 11:28am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

I'm allergic to aspartame/aspertate. I get hives and itchy throat.

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 12:15pm
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

Aspartame triggers my migraines. It's a fairly well-accepted trigger. The funny thing is, there's at least one brand of migraine medicine which contains aspartame!! I stopped a friend before she could take one (fast-melting type tab)because I figured the last thing she needed when fighting off an impending migraine was a triggered migraine!
I'm not allergic to saccharine, but it tastes vile and metallic to me.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 2:14am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I know migraine and allergy are 2 different reactions, but I wonder if they are related at the same time. When I have had surgarless gum in the past(it's been years, I know to stay away from it now) my face and head get really hot and flushed, then the stabbing pain sets it(within about 6 min of chewing it). I agree, it also has a nasty taste to it, vile to me now(like in diet soda). I'll have to watch the medication, I generally stick with Imitrex, but thanks for the heads up!
ps- can they test(like through blood draw or scratch test) for an actually allergy to aspartame/aspertate?? Thanks
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Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 2:26am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Aspartame is toxic. I did a search on it once and I was amazed at what I read about it. Many people get headaches and all kinds of other problems. Especially people who drink lots of sugar free soda on a daily basis.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 3:34am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Adverse reactions to various food ingredients... of course.
Valid medical information from a Google search? Scientific cover-up conspiracy? Not likely.
Other common migraine triggers are foods high in natural histamine.
HOWEVER: "aspartame" is a simple compound which is a pair of [i]naturally occurring AMINO ACIDS[/i]... if you have a geniune IgE response to it, you have far bigger problems than avoiding diet soda. Same deal with MSG. Kind of like the same reason nobody (and I mean NOBODY) is "allergic" to pure epinephrine. If you were, you'd anaphylax anytime someone startled you.
Don't fall prey to bogus "medical" claims made on the web, okay? If you are concerned, check with your own physician.
(Not looking to argue the point with anyone over 'anecdotal' evidence here... just saying what I KNOW to be true.) If you don't like artificial sweeteners, or believe that you have a serious adverse reaction to them, then don't consume them. Better yet-- if you really think it is a medical problem, [i]talk to your allergist about it.[/i] I loathe saccharin-- the very taste makes me queasy. But that doesn't mean it is toxic. [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 4:55am
LuvMyKids's picture
Joined: 06/26/2005 - 09:00

I'm allergic to aspertame.
I started having "reactions" to an unknown source. My throat would feel like it was swelling, my eyes would swell. I couldn't stop sneezing. I would consume about 1/4 Bottle of Children's Benedryl trying to stop it.
This was happening to me about once a week, but I couldn't figure out a consistant source.
I went to the allergist, who went over my diet. She said more and more people are starting to develop allergies to aspartame, but there isn't a "test" for it as of yet.
She gave me a little bit of aspartame on my tongue in her office and within a few minutes I was having the reaction in front of her.
I quit drinking diet soda about six months ago, and I haven't had one of those "reactions" since.
The allergist actually called it an allergy. Allergy, Intolerance, Toxic, I don't know. But boy I sure feel better now that I don't consume it anymore.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 5:23am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I don't use artificial sweeteners of any kind because I am very sensitive to the flavor. It tastes nothing like sugar to me (or, in the case of Splenda, tastes like sugar for a moment, then takes on a vile taste that lasts for hours).
BUT, I do know that nutrasweet can trigger migraines. I remember reading it decades ago (only a few years after it first came out) in the manufacturer's own "fine print." Of course, it was phrased in such a way that implied it was very rare.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 6:01am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

I avoid artificial sweeteners because they taste disgusting!
MSG gives me horrible indigestion.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 6:30am
LisaM's picture
Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

I don't react to aspartame, but I've always been skeptical about the safety of it.
Here are some of the reasons why Pollution Probe (see [url=""][/url] has aspartame on its list of questionable additives. The publication I'm getting this info. from is _Additive Alert! What Have They Done to Our Food? A Consumer's Action Guide_ (1994) with a foreword by Dr. Ross Hume Hall, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry, McMaster University (in Hamilton, Ontario)
---laboratory animals fed large amounts of aspartame developed brain tumours in the 60s and 70s
-asparate (a chemical found in aspartame) was found by Dr. John Olney at Washington University to have the potential to caue brain damage in animals
they note that aspartame is composed of aspartic acid and phenylalanine which are two (synthesized) amino acids naturally found in foods. *BUT* these amino acids naturally occur along with other amino acids which prevent the body from taking up the phenylalanine. Pollution Probe posits that excessive phenylalanine in the body might be responsible for the reactions people commonly experience.
Aspartame also contains methanol. Again, methanol occurs naturally in fruit juice. But in fruit juice, folic acid and ethanol provide protection against methanol poisoning.
Methanol breaks down into formaldehyde and fomic acid. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen.
I'll take a naturally-occurring sugar anyday!


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