I have just been reading about the fact that it can cause birth defects and brain problems. I am 29 weeks pregnant and have been really careful to cut out caffeine, alcohol, various foods, perfumes etc, but never gave a thought to sweeteners. I have had diet coke, sugar free chewing gum, and yogurts throughout my pregnancy as I did before.
Does anyone have any more information on aspartame during pregnancy? I'm really worried I've done some damage now. Thanks.
I'm reaching back to GCSE biology here but seem to remember (and I'm sure something my midwife said referenced this) that aspartame is only a major risk if you/the baby has a specific genetic configuration - I believe this is screened for routinely through blood tests etc.
Whilst it's a scary thing to google as (in non-scary summary) probably better to eat sugar if you're going to eat sweet things, as buttonmoon says I think it's more generally one of those risks people weigh up for themselves (eg no alcohol at all vs odd glass of wine).
However, I am sure someone with more knowledge than me can give you the reassurance you need.
There have been internet conspiracies associated with aspartame but it has been tested time and time again (including by 90 different countries that have found it to be safe) and no harm is ever found to result from ingesting it. Unless you have that condition where you're allergic to it (sorry, don't know anything about this).
'This research is not to test the safety of aspartame that is already established.
'The study will address consumer concerns, including anecdotal reports that have linked a range of conditions to aspartame.'
If you'd googled a bit more, dogface, you would've found out that this study is based on a small number of people's fears - ie, anecdotal evidence. Also, the study hasn't really got off the ground because they've only had about ten volunteers.
Yes, apologies dogface, didn't mean to be rude. It's just that it's not really recent, AND it's the dailyfail! Newspapers are notorious for bad science reporting, even such bastions as the Guardian get it wrong so I would take any news outlet's reporting with a grain of salt.
According to the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), Aspartame is safe for use during pregnancy and lactation. It is recommended to limit consumption to a moderate level.
Aspartame should not be used by anyone with PKU (a rare metabolic disorder), rare liver disease, or by pregnant women who have high levels of phenylalanine in their blood. Phenylalanine is a component of aspartame, and it may not metabolize correctly in anyone who has these conditions.
Thank you everyone for your posts. It's really kind of you to take the time to post about this. I really do feel a lot better now, esp. having read your link Nocake.
Don't worry at all d0gface - MIL also told me about the Daily Fail article, which is what started me thinking about this. This can only be a good thing in my opinion as I am now aware, in a position to read up about it, to consult the lovely MN ladies and to ultimately do something about it.
I will cut it out from now on and stop worrying about it.