One of the many difficult tasks in learning to feed our children foods that do not contain sucrose is in finding “sugar substitutes.” When Parker was first diagnosed with CSID, we were fortunate enough to not have to completely change our eating habits. Healthy food was a normal part of our routine, and we only occasionally allowed soft drinks, cookies, ice cream and other high-sugar foods in our home. However, with the holiday season right around the corner, and with my knowledge about CSID very limited, I welcomed any alternatives in order to allow Parker to eat as much as he could. This included allowing Parker to drink diet soda, since at the time aspartame based drinks seemed to be a permissible alternative to sugar.
That was in 2005.
After educating myself on the many alternative methods to sweetening food, and after Parker’s dad and I noted the common link of diet soda in several occasions where Parker vomited for no apparent reason; we decided that no matter how ‘digestible’ aspartame was, it was far to harmful to allow as even an occasional treat.
I was already intending on including a chapter regarding artificial sweeteners in A Place to Start Without Sugar or Starch, but I just came across an article containing information about the harmful affects of aspartame, sucralose (Splenda) and other artificial sweeteners.
Please read the information in The Truth about Neotame, Acesulfame-K, Sucralose and Aspartame . Upon receiving permission to duplicate or summarize this article from Dr. Bond, I hope to include this important information in A Place to Start… as well.