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Aspartame and other sugar alternatives are bad... can anyone help?

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velcrobott Mon 21-Mar-05 11:02:40

DS's school who until recently was serving water or milk at lunchtime now serves sugar free squash...............
This is whilst the dinner lady was away and the catering company pushed it through... the head said as long as it is sugar free.... can anyone point me in the direction of good info on the sins of aspartame.... am struggling to find good websites for this.

Chandra Mon 21-Mar-05 11:05:05

The bad problem of aspartame is that is a substance that it's not elimated from the body and its effects are not yet well known. I think is far worse to give aspartame to a child than sugar. Could you convince the head to go for the sugar drinks instead?

soapbox Mon 21-Mar-05 11:05:31

They are on the Organix 'dirty dozen' list here . The Organix lady is campaigning to get all of the dirty dozen excluded from any foods eaten by the under eights!

Chandra Mon 21-Mar-05 11:08:09

BTW Nutrasweet (TM) is aspartame, maybe you can find mor info if you google that brand.

Have just made a quick google, and got this
No idea about the reliability of the inof but may give you some clues to get to a more reliable sites. HTH

velcrobott Mon 21-Mar-05 11:27:55

Am looking at links....

Anyone else?

misdee Mon 21-Mar-05 11:36:59

is it cheap squash? can u find out if it contains tartrazine?

velcrobott Mon 21-Mar-05 12:06:34

I will.... what's that though?

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Mar-05 12:09:49

It's a colour, I think.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Mar-05 12:11:22

And this is gross. What's wrong with water or milk? If milk is too difficult, then just serve water! I'd be really annoyed if my kids were being given this sort of thing, too.

misdee Mon 21-Mar-05 13:08:49

dd1 is allergic to tartrazine. its a fod colouring. it vrings her out in nettle rash. the school are aware of this, so hopefully she isnt being given it.

we buy tescos own or robinsons full suger versions.

GeorginaA Mon 21-Mar-05 14:15:04

No links, but I'm asthmatic and aspartame can be one of my triggers (with another trigger combined - usually certain food colourings). I actively avoid low sugar things at all cost - would much rather my kids had the high sugar varieties!

KatieMac Mon 21-Mar-05 21:35:29

I have ibs it's very mild at the moment - but I have really cut down on my additives/colourings and chemicals in general.

But if I even sip a diet drink I can end up in agony for days.....they had aspartame in bread/beans/soup/chocolate/non diet fizzy drinks etc

I have ended up on the kitchen floor with the contents of the bin spread about me to work out what the F**K I had eaten THIS TIME!

It doesn't cross the threshold into MY house....imagine what it does to their little tummies, it's funny isn't it the rise of obesity coincides with the use of these chemicals

jane313 Mon 21-Mar-05 21:38:40

I remember having a sweetner something like sweet and low (it may have been in the US) and it had something like a "causes cancer in laborartory animals) warning on it.

Chandra Tue 22-Mar-05 00:05:15

Sweet&low is sacharine. Another one in the Organix's Dirty Dozen

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