Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is calorie-free. The safety of aspartame has long been a controversial topic in the medical world. Although several studies show that aspartame is safe for consumption, there is evidence of its potential link to fibromyalgia. In fact, aspartame is also link to other chronic conditions.
Safety of Aspartame
Aspartame is one of the six artificial sweeteners approved for use by US FDA. The sweeteners have a sweetening capacity that is several times sweeter than sugar. FDA reviewed each sweetener thoroughly especially in terms of health safety. In fact, the safety testing gone beyond the required testing level for food additives, according to a study published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. Authors of the article concluded that the aspartame is safe for everyone to consume.
Evidences on The Link of Aspartame and Fibromyalgia
There is no existing study done to determine if aspartame can trigger fibromyalgia. However, a 2010 article published in the Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, reported two different cases. These cases were reports on two individuals who had fibromyalgia and whose symptoms had vanished after they stopped consuming aspartame.
One of the cases follows a 50 year old woman who suffered from fibromyalgia for more than 10 years. She went on a vacation for several days without taking any aspartame. During her vacation, her fibromyalgia symptoms were nonexistent. Thereafter, she decided to totally remove aspartame from her diet. After which, she saw complete regression of all her fibro symptoms.
The other case followed a 43 year old man who shared similar experience. He saw complete regression of his fibro symptoms after he decided to stop taking aspartame.
Eliminating Aspartame for Fibromyalgia Patients
Since the cause of fibromyalgia is not known, the manner by which these individuals experienced regression of symptoms can only be speculated. Yet, many believe that fibro patients can benefit from eliminating aspartame from their diet. The potential benefit of eliminating this sweetener from their diet can be reduction of symptoms. This is not only applicable to those suffering from fibromyalgia but also people with other chronic diseases.
Nevertheless, some experts believe that doctors should consider asking their fibro patients if they consume aspartame. This could be a lead to the cause of this mysterious condition.