• The Danger Of Aspartame A True Story

    FREDDA CROPPEDI started teaching about the dangers of artificial sweeteners back in the 1970s, and I ran backwards every single time I came across something that contained the stuff. Then, in the 80s Rickey and I were hit with a series of tragedies that rocked our world again and again.

    Since I didn’t drink, smoke, or take meds to cope, I became a gum chewer. Yep, I chomped my way through life for about ten years. The good thing was that I never considered chewing a gum that contained artificial sweetener. Of course, that was easy back then. The bad thing was that after about ten years, I developed my first cavity and my dentist told me my sugared days were over.

    I certainly wasn’t going to quit the gum so I switched to sugar free, and yes, I knew that it contained the dreaded aspartame, but I reasoned that since I only chewed 1/2 a piece at a time (and how much aspartame could a little piece of gum hold?) I simply decided not to worry about the chemical. Of course I ignored the power of anything sublingual, and I ignored that I chewed MANY 1/2 pieces of gum each day.

    For twenty years I didn’t worry. And then after we established Texans United, I began to have problems. The first thing I noticed was that I started having difficulty opening and closing my fingers. However, since I was beating the computer keys 24/7, I assumed it was just more stress than my fingers could take.

    Then, the bottoms of my feet began to hurt so badly that walking was excruciating. Every step was worse than the last until I could barely keep from crying, quite literally.

    Finally, it became almost impossible for me to climb stairs. To use the entrance next to our driveway, I reached the point where I had to use my hands to lift one leg at a time just to get in the house. When I really realized just how bad I was doing was the day we took our kiddos to one of the Texas caverns, and I was not able to do many of the things that I would normally do with them. It was just too painful.

    Then, one day during a conversation it dawned on us that I had the symptoms of someone who had been poisoned, and the word ASPARTAME screamed at me. I wasn’t sure I was right, but I took the gum out of my mouth right then and within a week I was greatly improved. Week two saw me completely back to normal, and I have not had a pain since.

    Can I tell you that the aspartame was the culprit? I can’t. All I know is exactly what I have just told you; however, you can bet that there will never be another piece of that artificial sweetener in my mouth!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    6 Responses to The Danger Of Aspartame A True Story

    1. Joyce Blodgett says:

      Hello Fredda,

      Four years ago, in an attempt to lose a lot of weight, I followed the diet advice of someone who seemed to be trustworthy; that this person–not a professional, but someone who had ostensibly done her research–lost a significant amount of weight was good enough for me (oh, foolishness!), so I began following her advice. One thing I detest the taste of is artificial sweeteners of any kind, but she advocated drinking “as much diet soda as desired” on this diet.

      Long story shortened, I lost 67 pounds–and had the most excruciating headaches the entire time. Like you, there were many pains that suddenly showed up; it didn’t take me long, though, to discover the culprit–my mother had always taught her children to ask many questions, look for the cause first, etc.–and since aspartame was the ONLY unfamiliar ingredient in the foods I was consuming, I knew it was the likely source of problems. Stopped drinking any soda at all–the only change made in the diet (as well as never eating pork again, but for reasons of my faith, not health), and within days I began to feel much better.

      Nothing with that garbage–POISON!!–has ever, nor will ever, come into my personal world again!

      Joyce Blodgett

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Thank you so much for this comment. My problem was true stupidity because I was perfectly aware of the danger of aspartame, but I just kept thinking that I could slip a tiny piece of gum in and my body wouldn’t notice. Was I ever wrong! So glad you are better!!

    2. Melissa says:

      Along with you, I have also spent years doing research on ALL of the artificial sweeteners, that have been and still are being produced. The FDA, during the Reagan administration, was given kickbacks to “approve” the A.S.’s into the consumer market; years prior, scientists gave reason after reason why it should NOT be allowed. Personally, I immediately get a sore throat and feel stomach pains, after consuming anything with artificial sweeteners in them. Unfortunately, not everyone has a similar and highly sensitive body, that can tell them to stop before they get started! On an ending note, I must say that your story was an inspiring one :-)

    3. Gael says:

      While I do believe your reactions to aspartame are very real, I also suspect that it’s along the lines of a food sensitivity/allergy (not calling that chemical a food or saying you’re allergic). What I mean is my husband can drink milk, but my 22 year old son drinks almond milk because cow’s milk makes his joints hurt. He has arthritis, and milk is a trigger food for him. I eliminated aspartame for 3 months with zero change to my health, so I don’t think I have a sensitivity, but I have a friend who certainly does and is careful to avoid it. I’m guessing the research showed an unacceptably high percentage of people would have sensitivity and serious side effects from it, but that was ignored.

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Thank you so much for this comment. I also believe that there are those of us who are just extremely sensitive to certain things. I have problems with almost anything that is not what I call a “real” food. Others do not.

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