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From Cody, Wyoming, USA:

My five year old son was diagnosed four years ago. We have used Nutrasweet [aspartame] products a lot since diagnosis. I am becoming concerned about the prolonged use of it. Also, could it have an effect on his growth?


Unless your son is having headaches or unexplained symptoms, I would assume that you son is eating foods with Nutrasweet within the acceptable daily intake guidelines set forth by the FDA. This number is 50 mg/Kg of ideal body weight. For example, if your child's ideal weight was 50 pounds, an intake of seven 12 ounce cans of diet pop would be the equivalent of the acceptable daily intake of Nutrasweet. I do think that it is good to assess what your child is eating and if you feel that the products that you are using containing Nutrasweet do not contain a reasonable amount of valuable nutrients in addition to the Nutrasweet, you may want to reassess what you are offering him. It is always good to take a look at what your child is eating routinely as he grows and develops to make sure the Food Guide Pyramid is the basis of your eating patterns.


Original posting 13 Jan 98


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