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Splenda sensitivity?

post #1 of 20
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I had been having trouble with excessive fatigue. Where sometimes I felt I couldn't even lift my arms, or walk a distance. It didn't totally stop me from activities, but just made me feel extra lazy. I thought maybe it was due to my blood pressure medication or something. It has been going on for a while, but kind of would come and go, so I never even mentioned it to my doctor.

Well, about 2 weeks ago I read a magazine article about a woman who was severely ill, under lots of medical treatment. Then she cut all Splenda from her diet and felt fine.

Well, I cut Splenda out of my diet just to see what happened, and honestly I felt better almost immediately! I am wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience!?!
post #2 of 20
Splenda gives me some of the worst migranes I've ever had. I don't eat anything that contains it, and aviod it like the plague.
post #3 of 20
Honestly I haven't had a problem with Splenda (and I like it much better than Aspartime)....but heck its pretty new and there might be things we don't know about it yet.

I say if cutting it out helped you feel better....then yay!

I was using it to make my iced tea sweet. It now makes me curious if there are any ill effects experianced by others.
post #4 of 20
Splenda give me a headache almost immediately. Aspartame just give me a weird dizzy feeling so I avoid both.
post #5 of 20
I don't care how "real" it is, I can taste any fake sweetener in just about everything... fh swears by it, but I have trouble trusting anything thats "fake."

I'm glad you feel better!
post #6 of 20
I'm glad you found this out... I think someone posted her recently about splenda and the problems it has caused for some people. If you read it from that link that just shows how great this site is even for non kitty problems.
I'm glad to be informed.. I am a splenda and nutraweet junky. Ever since I started WW I've been consuming even more splenda.. using it in my coffee and buying stuff w/ it. . I have to say I don't think its great in coffee but it's better than nothing. I certainly hope I don't end up with a sensitivity someday.
post #7 of 20
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DH never eats anything artificially sweetened either. Says he can taste it, too.

I'm still using aspartame (gotta love diet Sprite), but I am drinking more water and less diet soda!

I do love TCS. I'll have to search for the other posting about Splenda!
post #8 of 20
I've never had a problem with splenda when baking with it. I just think that it tastes really gross when its in a drink. Diet orange, diet grape and diet cream soda are made with it, and its disguisting.
post #9 of 20
Splenda is the only artificial sweetener that I can use. It just never tasted fake to me.

If you felt better after removing it from your diet, I would definitely be suspicious of it being the culprit for all your symptoms.

I'm glad you're feeling better. That sounded awful! Do take care and pay attention to yourself, just to be sure it wasn't the only thing bothering you!
post #10 of 20
I've never had a problem with it. I believe it is what sweetens Diet 7up, and I drink a fair amount of that. I also buy the boxes of Spenda to sweeten my Chai Tea. Tastes OK to me. I used to buy Aspartame to sweeten things, and I didn't have any problems with it. I was just told that Splenda is made from Real Sugar, and that it is better for you than all of the other artificial sweeteners.
post #11 of 20
DH convinced me to buy Spenda to see if I'd have less of a blood sugar swing when making a fruit pie sweetened with it. I had one piece and thought I was going to upchuck..such an aftertaste...bleagh! Needless to say, he got the rest of the pie.

I don't care that it's supposed to be more like sugar because it's made from sugar, I'll stick to using less of the real thing.

Found this which was interesting re some artificial sweeteners -

http://www.parenting.com/parenting/c...196266,00.html
post #12 of 20
I was using splenda to make kool-aid for my son and it gave him diarhea. I haven't had a problem with it and use it myself regularly. But he definitely has a sensitivity to it ..
post #13 of 20
We've always liked Splenda, actually, but we've gone back to real sugar because Splenda isn't cruelty-free, so we're boycotting them.

Closer to your point, though, I should say that when I told that I thought I was allergic to stuff and asked my doctor if I should get tested, he pointed out that if I had a reaction when I was eating/using it, and it went away when I stopped, that I didn't need to be tested - I already new for sure what was causing a reaction. Testing is for when you're not sure.

edited to add "my doctor" - sorry it didn't make sense
post #14 of 20
My urologist told me to not use Splenda, aspartame, etc. He said to just use unbleached sugar and honey - that it was better to go to the dentist than risk my kidneys.
post #15 of 20
I didn't read through this thread all the way, so I may be repetitive. I read a women's health article online about Splenda still being so new that we are pretty much it's test market right now. It's better than things like Equal and SweetnLow, BUT, it has formaldehyde in it. The FDA says its not enough to cause probs, but the women's doctor who wrote the article said that any formaldehyde, even trace amounts, in your brain cannot be good.

That being said, because I am dieting, I use splenda anyways. Stupid I know, espec after what I've read, but it's no calories, and it has less harmful effects than other artificial sweeteners (that we know of).
post #16 of 20
I don't like artificial sweetners at all. I think they taste funny and they are way too sweet. The calorie difference just isn't that significant. I just use less sugar. I don't like the low fat versions of most things, especially yogurt. I just go full calorie/full fat and use less. If a serving says a tablespoon, i use a teaspoon. Obviously this doesn't work for recipes, but there are really good recipes and cookbooks out there with low calorie/fat recipes (Like Cook's Illustrated "Best Light Recipe").

I took a biopsychology class my senior year in college and leared about "diet coke depression." It can make you depressed, fatigued, gassy, and guess what? even more fat!!! My aunt told me about stevia, which is apparently all natural. They sell it at heath food stores. http://www.stevia.net/
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
DH convinced me to buy Spenda to see if I'd have less of a blood sugar swing when making a fruit pie sweetened with it. I had one piece and thought I was going to upchuck..such an aftertaste...bleagh! Needless to say, he got the rest of the pie.

I don't care that it's supposed to be more like sugar because it's made from sugar, I'll stick to using less of the real thing.

Found this which was interesting re some artificial sweeteners -

http://www.parenting.com/parenting/c...196266,00.html
Thats a pretty scary article. Luckily, I'm married to Mr. Overprotective/Paranoid, so my kids don't really get artificial sweeteners much. (If it had just been me, I would have let them have more! Thanks, DH!)

And Satai, I totally agree with what you posted...since I feel better since stopping Splenda, I will just not consume it. And I freely admit that I was over consuming it. To me, diet sodas were just freebies...calorie free so I could drink as much as I wanted.

Sunnicat, I will try to be more careful and pay attention to the signals my body is sending!

Thanks everyone for your input.
post #18 of 20
Any "fake" sugars make me really sick. I mean stomach sick like I thought maybe I am allergic to them. I don't know, but I avoid anything with them.
post #19 of 20
I've been able to get through with Equal or Splenda but def not Sacrin or whatever way you spell it.

I'm sure that all of them have stuff in them that isnt' good for us.

I lately have been avoiding 'diet' drinks and just drinking regular stuff with real sugar in it.
post #20 of 20
I usually drink Diet Pepsi, but I tried Diet Rite because it was cheaper. Last summer I was getting debilitating headaches, so much so that I went for a CAT scan to make there was nothing going on in my brain (ok THAT doesn't sound right ) and then one day they just disappeared! Later I realized that it was when I stopped drinking Diet Rite that they stopped- so yeah, no Splenda for me
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