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Posted by: CJ | 2003/12/06

ASPARTAME? EAS SIMPLY PROTEIN

My son is 17 years old and is an excellent rugby player - extremely motivated and disciplined in his exercise routine with a local biokinetic. He is using EAS Simply Protein mixed with raw egg white and fruit, on a regular basis for months now, and my question/problem is that it contains ASPARTAME, ACESULFAME K and as far as I am concerned that is not healthy at all!!! (quantities not listed on containers) The two amino acids in aspartame - PHENYLALANINE and ASPARTIC ACID - can cause neurotoxic effects, such as brain damage if taken in high enough doses in certain individuals, a very small group of people who have the rare hereditary disease phenylketonuria. Aspartic acid also has the potential to cause brain damage at very high doses. I know there is still studies on aspartame and other dietary factors as part of a larger study of adult brain cancer, and this info is enough to change my mind on this/these products, even though ASPARTAME has been approved by the FDA in 1981. Any feedback?

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CJ,

Yes, there have definitely been studies that show that aspartame etc. are not beneficial for the body at all. I heard a story from a doctor that had a patient who had major headaches and seizures. After this patient stopped using diet colas they tried to induce a seizure with no success.

When they then told the patient to drink another diet cola he had a seizure literally 5 minutes after ingestion of the product. Personally I stay away from these sweeteners but I know that EAS puts these substances into their products to reduce the sugar/kilojoule content while not sacrificing the flavour.

What I would also suggest however is that you have a chat with the Jacqui at the Sport Nutrition forum and get her input and opinion. See what she has to say.

Keep well,

Conrad Booysen-Biokineticist

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Posted by: cj | 2003/12/07

Thanx Conrad
Will ask Jacqui.
Any other supplements that he could try that is 'safe' according to you? He is a 'very strong' front row player - 96kg - body fat 12% - 1,9m tall and will be in grade 12 next year. Played Craven week this year and is working towards his goal for next year already. Looks more like a flanker and 8th man than a prop. He wants to build muscle!
He Bench Press 130kg at this stage.
Regards

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