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Can you pay for aspartame with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for aspartame with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for aspartame. In fact, if you do pay for aspartame with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about aspartame

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that's 200 times sweeter than table sugar and commonly used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages.

While aspartame has gotten a bad rap over the years for its potentially ill health effects, numerous studies have found no connection between aspartame consumption and cancer, diabetes, or cholesterol levels.


Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for aspartame with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.