Have any of you found any research in regards to asparatame and links to seizures?

Jen - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have read a lot of about this and obviously the goal would to not have this in our diet but I am finding more and more places have it. I have noticed even my sons Flinstones vitamins. Any suggestions on foods to avoid or triggers related to seizures?

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Tracey - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hi Everyone,



For years I've believed that aspartame as well as many other products on the market aren't doing anything positive. I've always believed that if you eat or drink things that are processed and use margarine, and spice and sugar substitutes or other substitues as opposed to eating as much natural and organic as possible, over time the human body will break down. And in today's world, where many people's lifestyles often consist of many quick and easy drive thru meals, it definitely puts all of us at a higher risk for more health related problems. And that includes seizures that can be related to food additives and unhealthy eating habits.



Aspartame has been more than questioned as a trigger and in some cases, the cause, for severe headaches and seizures with many individuals in the past; but because like so many things in this country there is way to much profit to be lost to actually consider what might be best for our society as a whole - in the end, guess what happened? Instead of taking something off the market that has the potential to do harm, the so called "experts" tested and passed aspartame and they are telling us consumption is safe; at least, supposedly, within the tested levels. Personally, I still wouldn't trust aspartame for human consumption at all. Here are some exact quotes about aspartame:



Food additive safety evaluations by many countries have led to approval of aspartame, citing the general lack of adverse effects following consumption in reasonable quantities. Food safety authorities worldwide have set acceptable daily intake (ADI) values for aspartame at 40 mg/kg of body weight based on a 1980 Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives recommendation. JECFA re-confirmed its evaluation in a later addendum to its monograph and the same value was approved in a December 2002 evaluation of all aspartame research by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food. The FDA has set its ADI for aspartame at 50 mg/kg.



Based on government research reviews and recommendations from advisory bodies such as those listed above, aspartame has been found to be safe for human consumption by more than ninety countries worldwide.



Now you be the judge!



Sincerely,

Tracey Alderson, Administrator, Epilepsy Awareness 2009

Susan - posted on 03/14/2010

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Thanks Darlene for that information I was wondering if their was and trying to gather more information or insight into DIET!

Darlene - posted on 03/14/2010

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There is no direct correlation but in some people with E it does increase the tendency of seizure activity as does caffeine. It is all trial and error with food additives.

Susan - posted on 03/13/2010

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Hey Jen,



I have been hearing more and more people ask about that too. I know Barb Murphy posted about the Gluten Free Diet and I have also heard that alot of people whose kids have seizures the parents are going for the Gluten Free Foods to try and see if that stops some of the seizure activity. I hear people say we should cut out dairy too. I am trying to do some research on diet so I hope to post what information I find soon and I hope that some of the the Moms will post some of their thoughts to your question too. Thanks for starting this discussion its a GREAT QUESTION and I too would like to no more on this subject!

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