posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 12:59 AM
I used to get horrible migraines throughout high school and could never figure out what it was... My mom was giving me extra gum to have each morning
on my way into school and pretty much I was done after 1st period most days. Horrible headache, couldn't stay awake, etc.
Anyway, later on I found out that I am highly allergic to pretty much all artificial sweeteners. So much as a drink of something having it is enough
to make me woozy and cloudy now since I don't intake it at all.
I also have a friend who's son is highly active and has been labeled ADHD. Pretty much every time I've seen him he's bouncing off the walls,
distracted, and somewhat moody. His mother won't give him anything with sugar, but he gets loads of the sugar free goods. Even sweetened sugar free
fruit water as his drink to tote around.
Kind of frustrates me as this stuff is getting into every imaginable food source out there, and it's causing problems with people that are sensitive
to it. If we stuck to the basics and made alternatives available as just that, alternatives.... then I'd have no problem.
Don't get me wrong, the poor kid has has become a product of his surroundings and I guess that the typical drink at home was never water.
For people that just hum and haw at the possible effects, take a look at these two links, I picked them out because they appear pretty bias free. In
fact parts of one of them has been hacked out for a aspertame hater. Sometimes it's difficult to find the good information out there as most are
someone ranting on about how it's got 2,000 chemicals in it designed to kill you. I don't think that's really true, but on the other hand this is
not a naturally occurring product made for food production, and we really don't understand the long term effects on a large population........
But I get the feeling we'll know the effects within the next 10 years or so.
Wiki Link on Phenylalanine: (Dare you to find a gum at your grocery that doesn't have the warning about the contents of this on the back)
Health and Vitamins on Phenylalanine: (Very balanced)