Originally posted by <JAC>: Hi All Is Pepsi Light, sweetened with artificial sweetener Aspartame suitable for consumption for a person with diabetic?
Well, the easy way to try this out is with an experiment. If you are hypoglycemic, instead of drinking a Coke or similar like you maybe usually do to get your sugar fix, substitute with Diet Coke. To make it a better test, refrain from eating. If after a period of time you start going into insulin shock, then the answer to your question would be, no, Aspartame is not a suitable substitute for sugar for hypoglycemics. If you are able to make it through the day without going into insulin shock, then you might conclude that Aspartame is a suitable substitute for sugar for hypoglycemics. Just to be sure, I would repeat the experiment again. In any case I would keep a phone with 911 on speed-dial handy. Intuition tells me, however, that Aspartame is not a suitable substitute for sugar for hypoglycemics. I believe that many doctors actually tell patients with hypoglycemia to avoid Aspartame, but as IANAD (I Am Not A Doctor), you would be best to get a professionals opinion. But while IANAD, IAAA (guesses anyone?), and as such I would have to urge you to conduct the experiment yourself and reach your own conclusions. [ May 31, 2002: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]
I'm with Paul - Aspartame is bad stuff! When consumed regularly, it's been known to create symptoms similar to Lupus, MS, & other terrible stuff. It really messes with the central nervous system. If you're looking for a sugar substitute, I've heard good things about Stevia. I guess it comes straight from a plant. *Gail
Stevia has an unusual flavor that you have to adjust to. It is like flavoring with honey instead of sugar from a flavor perspective. And it is OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive. I really like SPLENDA (sucralose) which is derived from sugar - tastes like sugar - but is not metabolized by the body so it has no calories, no carbs, no nutrition of course. Recently I have found it at SAMS and even my local grocery store. Cost about the same at Sweet N Low.
"JavaRanch, where the deer and the Certified play" - David O'Meara
IAAA stands for "But I play one on TV"? Aspertame is bad for anyone. I used to drink tons of Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke, my short term memory was awful because of it, when I finally kicked the soda habit, and no Aspertame, now I just forget your names. No actually my short term memory definitely improved. Aspertame really affects your brain cells, and I know none of us need to hurt them because we need everyone we have. Mark