Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 3, 2006
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Mission, British Columbia, Canada:
What are the true effects of aspartame? I have asked several health professionals and keep receiving different answers. Is it safe to give a child? Does it really effect the dopamine levels in the brain? Will it really cause seizures?
Aspartame is actually found in nature in tomatoes. It is a sugar substitute since it is very sweet in small amounts and, therefore, can replace the sweetness of sucrose quite nicely. There is a lot of hype about aspartame, but scientific studies have not found much to worry about. In our clinical practice with more than 500 youngsters with diabetes, we have not seen any headaches, seizure problems, stomach aches, rashes or much of anything else caused by children, teenagers and young adults using aspartame. We have experienced the same with all the other sugar substitutes, by the way. The ADA web site has more information about Sweeteners & Desserts. Our web site also has a page on Aspartame.