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Aspertame/Diet Drinks--Has anyone stopped drinking them and noticed improvement?

I just read an article about aspartame/chemical sweeteners and how they (theoretically) relate to Lupus and MS. I'm curious if any of you have tried cutting them out of your diet completely and if you noticed any improvement in symptoms. I've had gastric bypass, so these are the only sweeteners that I can have, and I don't want to give them up if there is no real value in it. Thanks!

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This misinformation has been circulating the internet for at least 14 years. and I have been sent such emails many times. It angers me because it causes anxiety and is a malicious hoax.

The email message circulating on the Internet warns individuals with lupus about dangers associated with using the artificial sweetener aspartame eg NutraSweet etc. The Lupus Foundation of America consulted with the chair of the LFA Medical Council, Evelyn Hess, MD, MACP, MACR. Dr. Hess is one of the America's leading researchers in the field of lupus specializing in environmental influences. According to Dr. Hess, there is, as of now, no specific proof of an association with aspartame as a cause or worsening of SLE.

People with lupus should always consult with their physician before making any changes in their medical treatment, diet, exercise or other routine based on information received via the Internet or other sources lacking known credentials.

If you have noticed that a food/drink/preparation affects you - people generally can be allergic to foods and drinks, then avoid it and always tell your doctor.


I appreciate your answer! I have read that it is a hoax, as well, but when my symptoms are bad, I start looking for anything that could explain it! I guess it is what it is, huh? :) THanks!


I certainly understand your concerns and of course want to reduce your symptoms. If you want to talk some more to others like yourself, you can register for free at the LuPUS Message Board:

Be well!



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