Aspartame Disease

hi, i was reading today about some home remedy where someone came up with a Home Recipe For Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat covid 19
so before i could access this info it opened a page about Aspartame and so i started reading this and the more i read the more it had my complete attention. apparently this stuff has some bad effects on the body and one is chronic fatigue ok that is one of my issues i mean i have felt pain aches stabs jerks jolts u name it with EM and i have felt it.
so i read more and it goes into the autoimmune diseases that can be triggered or precipitated by my question is if u have EM and drink water with some added flavor packet added which has ASPARTAME in it and consume lets say 10 or more of these drinks a day can it effect the EM problems this person is dealing with like flares,pain of about 8 out of 10 on that scale lets say 15 hrs a day or more,swelling burning etc…im just wondering if anyone has drank a lot of diet drinks with this stuff in it and stopped or cut back to see if it helps with the everyday issues caused by EM. it almost says it in plain site that if u consume these drinks that it will most likely effect u as far as EM is concerned… please respond with ur thoughts, let me know what u think !! thank u ANDY

This issue hasn’t been raised here before. There isn’t data pertaining to EM and aspartame. However, as a food additive with no nutritional value, aspartame can be safely eliminated from your diet. If you have concerns, there would be no harm reducing your aspartame intake.

Hey Andy,
There has been a lot of debate regarding aspartame for years. In New Zealand there was a big push to have it banned, which failed, but such beverages have to now be labelled as containing aspartame.

The literature/studies have been limited. Some say there is an issue, some say there is not. A PubMed paper states “The consumption of aspartame, unlike dietary protein, can elevate the levels of phenylalanine and aspartic acid in the brain. These compounds can inhibit the synthesis and release of neurotransmitters, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which are known regulators of neurophysiological activity”.
That statement alone would be ringing some concerning alarm bells for me.

Merl from the Moderator Support Team

Just for reference, the FDA sets the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame at 50 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg; 1 kg=2.2 lb) of body weight per day.

Depending on your body weight and how much aspartame is in one of the flavor packets (a 12 oz. can of diet soda has 200 mg of aspartame, for instance), it’s possible consuming 10 or more of said flavor packets per day may have you near the upper limit of the ADI.

While most major health organizations consider aspartame “safe” for human consumption, if problems exist they would likely appear following regular consumption of large doses. I would use caution consuming that much aspartame per day.