Dangers of Splenda

With the rising popularity of low carbohydrate diets, and increase in sales of sugar-free foods and drinks, is it any wonder that the market for sugar substitutes is becoming more and more competitive? Products such as NutraSweet, Equal, and Sweet’N Low have been on the shelves for years, even though it is widely known that they do pose some health risks.

Many people — American’s at the top of the list -— consume many times more sugar than recommended in their daily diets, so trying to cut down one’s sugar intake is a worthy goal. Of course, it’s common knowledge that the first step to losing weight is reduction of calories, and sugar is pure calories with no nutritional value. But sugar also acts like a drug, like an addiction, and cutting it out of one’s diet is easier said than done. Not only is there a mental dependence, but there is a physical one also. Sugar affects the body in complex ways—producing serotonin in the brain and causing the insulin spike, which is the ‘sugar rush’ that is the real craving, and the reason sugar addiction is so hard to kick.

Splenda is the newest product in a long line of sweeteners and substitutes promising the taste of sugar without the effects of sugar consumption. This can be construed as true in a literal sense. It is true that Splenda has none of the dangerous effects of sugar on the body – no calories, no insulin boost, no cravings. Unfortunately, while many hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, Splenda poses its own unique health risks and dangers, according to many experts. The fact that the FDA approves or doesn’t approve a particular product, really in no way assures it is safe. Powerful lobbies make their living pushing through products that have no business being in the marketplace, while blocking others that pose an economic threat to investment.

Splenda is different from other sweeteners in that it claims to be ‘made from sugar,’ and ‘natural,’ because Splenda is the trade name for sucralose. Sucralose is a synthetic compound, which — without going into too much scientific detail –is basically sugar modified by adding chlorine atoms. Sucralose, incidentally, was discovered in the 1970s by researchers looking to create a new pesticide. Chlorine is added to many products – drinking water, for example – and does not necessarily render the product dangerous. On the other hand, you are ingesting chlorine, which is not advised in large amounts.

The reason Splenda produces no calories, is that the majority passes through the body without being digested. Most studies show that only around 15% of Splenda is actually digested. The worrisome fact for some researchers is that people with healthier GI systems, will absorb more of the Splenda, and thus more of the dangerous chlorine.

The results of the tests done by Splenda’s manufacturers, McNeil Nutritionals, are also quite worrisome. Their studies revealed that test rodents suffered from dangerous side effects such as shrunken thymus glands, and enlarged livers and kidneys … and there were only short term studies. No long term studies were performed before Splenda was approved by the FDA. One could say that the long-term study is being conducted in households and supermarkets across America, with consumers as the test rodents.

Of course, Splenda is not likely dangerous in smaller doses, but what about larger ones in which larger quantities of chlorine are ingested? Herein lies the bigger problem. Perhaps the greatest reason for Splenda’s success in the marketplace is that, as opposed to the other sweeteners, Splenda remains stable at higher temperatures, meaning that it can be, and is, used in cooking. Many of the sugar-free, and low-calorie diet foods use Splenda in their recepies. People on diets are at greater risk, obviously, because they may consume this product many times a day without knowing it.

A small segment of the population is allergic to sucralose, and the reactions produced in this group can be everything from rashes, panic attacks, headaches, to intestinal cramping, diarrhea, muscle aches, and stomach pain. Findings for allergic reactions are well-documented, but for the rest of the population, the studies are murky, at best.

As with any nutritional supplement, caution and due diligence should be practiced. Read and learn all you can, and consult with you doctor before starting on any new diet. If you are already dieting, be sure to read the labels to see if the diet foods are using Splenda in the place of sugar, and make sure that you aren’t replacing the bad effects of sugar with the potentially dangerous side effects of Splenda.

Comments

245 Responses to “Dangers of Splenda”

  1. Denise on September 27th, 2007 10:25 pm

    Thankyou for your information. I have been on a diet and downing Splenda. I have been getting sicker and sicker. Stomach pain, leg cramps, nausea ext. I stopped using it for the last few days and the symptoms have stopped.
    I went to look up information about splenda on a gut instinct. Thankyou.. I will be throwing all of my splenda products away.
    Denise

  2. Sara on October 2nd, 2007 12:39 pm

    I wonder why splenda left a pool like taste thanks for the info and where can I find stevia?

  3. jenn on November 3rd, 2007 4:08 pm

    I have done a personal study and noticed I am greatly effected by sugar substitutes. Asparthamine gives me major headaches and Spleda makes me feel like i am going to crawl out of my skin. i feel liek i have to move and i just geniunely feel gross. i feel “toxic”. It is a horrible feeling. I would much rather eat sugar and maybe walk a little further than to use these artifical sweeteners.

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  5. Janet on November 18th, 2007 6:58 pm

    I have recently stopped using Splenda as I had just heard about the negative side effects. I lost about 15 lbs this past year going from about 155lbs to 140lbs. (I am 5ft 6in) This was a part of my diet and exercise plan. I would still like to loose another 10 lbs. What do you think of using pure maple syrup as a sweetner? I am much more concerned about my health than loosing the last 10 lbs I’d like to loose. Any comments as to what should be used as a sweetener or do I need to just learn to live without them to begin with.
    Thanks, Janet

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  7. Barb on January 13th, 2008 3:09 pm

    I also had been having terrible stomach pain, my physician put me on an stomach acid reducing medicine but with not much help. I spoke to my sister and she told me about splenda and some of the side effects. I listened and stopped my morning latte with sugar free vanilla syrup and felt better after a few days. Well, I do so love to have a next to no calorie sweet latte so I just went back to my old habit for just two mornings and now I feel awful! I have sharp pain in the middle of my stomach with nausea. I am getting rid of all sugar free products I have!

  8. Joe on January 16th, 2008 4:36 pm

    I heard about the dangers of splenda. So I thought I would check it out.I have been using it for almost 2 years now and I have not had a problem at all.but,I am not eating it like candy either.

  9. carmen on January 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm

    i used splenda for a year, i broke out in a rash the size of a nickel on my knee and one small area of my stomach my doctor didn’t know what was causing it. i stopped using splenda the rash has gone away.

  10. Al Franklin on January 29th, 2008 9:37 pm

    About 6 weeks ago I started drinking a fruity water drink that I really enjoyed, made by NESTLE that contains SPLENDA. Since I have type II diabetes, this was the perfect drink for me. However, over the last four weeks I’ve had cramping and diarrhea on a daily basis. I will stop taking SPLENDA to see if that is what my problem is. I’m 64 years old and have never had diarrhea for more than 2 days in my life. But then I’ve never had so much SPLENDA as recently.

    I’m going back to drinking good ole cool water.

  11. Kate on January 30th, 2008 9:12 pm

    A friend told me today that she read that Splenda had arsenic and was said to cause depression. She claimed that she stopped using and in 2 weeks was back to normal. Ever the skeptic I had to research it myself. Chlorine not arsenic. Cool! As we know its in our water and we stick it in our pools, bleach our whites and wear those clothes very often still smelling like bleach, when it rains the levels in our water are raised. There is not way we can get away from it, but I certainly assume that I am drinking more in my juice everyday and in my shower than the little I use in my coffee. Yeah there are way too many chemicals in our lives, but even off the grid, organic farming and removing ones self to lesser polluted air, is a bit much. WHen do we get to live life instead of running scared and spending extra for more pure which many times is not. I will enjoy my life by living as green as I can and trying to be healthy, but I will not let the conquest of it be my life.

  12. Adelaide on February 6th, 2008 2:52 pm

    Aside from the small population that may be allergic to sucralose, the reasoning behind people worrying about Splenda’s possible side effects is ill supported. The fact that Splenda is a chlorinated product should be no cause for concern. Did you know drinking water is chlorinated as well? In small amounts, but enough to kill microbes present in water. How would you feel about drinking a glass of water with live E.coli? The molecular composition of chlorine in Splenda cannot be broken down by the body, so it is excreted, making it non-caloric. If it can’t be broken down, it can’t be absorbed by the body. There have been tests performed where lab-animals receive the human equivalent of 5,000 packets of splenda for one month. Test results are inconclusive. Some evidence suggests possible thymus shrinkage. But who is going to consume that much Splenda? If you consumed the same equivalent of table salt you’d likely die from poisoning. Everything in moderation. Do you know what people should be more focused on? The American diet. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon of nitpicking the mystery of the “too-good-to-be-true” yellow sugar-substitute packets, why not analyze how cardiovascular health in America is the #1 cause of death and how it is directly related to our diet.

  13. Doug on February 11th, 2008 2:20 pm

    I’ve been using Splenda a lot over the past two months in baking products, coffee, and other beverages. I’ve noted a rapid increase in rash breakouts. I thought it was because of the dry winter air, and stopped using soaps with fragrances to no avail. As soon as I stopped the Splenda, it all cleared up.

  14. Jennifer on February 11th, 2008 8:33 pm

    I use splenda almost daily and i have yet to have any side effects at all. I’ll keep researching though. Thanks!

  15. Ruth on February 18th, 2008 6:18 pm

    I disagree with the statement that splenda does not affect blood glucose levels. My fasting glucose levels when I was using splenda were never below 170. When I switched to stevia my fasting blood glucose level are in the 80′s. Splenda does have an impact on. I think splenda manufacturers would like you to beleive it the best thing for diabetics. The side effects inconjunction with blood sugar spikes should scare anyone from using splenda.

    I only use stevia now. Since south american people have been ising it for 1500 years I feel perfectly safe and assured that stevia is the best product for me.

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  17. George on March 8th, 2008 6:15 pm

    I have been using Splenda for several years, after I discovered Asparthamine was causing pain in my joints. I have had no ill effects from Splenda.
    We all should realise that no matter what products we consume, each one will affect us differently. We just have to sort things out and pick the one that doesn’t affect adversely.

  18. Oliver A. Smith on March 11th, 2008 11:24 am

    Thanks so much for the information on Splenda. I have been a heavy user of Splenda (Coffee, on my Oatmeal, other foods that are enhanced with “sugar”, etc.) I have never had problems with dryness of the mouth or significantly chapped lips. Even when I was in the Korean War and slept in foxholes outside where the temperature at times was 20 to 30 degrees below zero, I did not suffer from chapped lips or dryness of the mouth. Lately however, I have encountered a significant dryness of my lips (to the point of splitting and bleeding)and dryness in the front inside of my mouth. Reacting normally to the dry lips, I have tried practically every lip balm on the market; however, while I have enjoyed temporary relief at times, the dryness has returned like clock work. I have been trying to isolate foods/drinks/alcohol/etc. in my diet in an attempt to pinpoint what might be causing this dryness. I have not been able to identify what has been causing my problem. Now, after reading about Splenda (Sucralose) and reading the testimonies of others, I on this day am removing all Splenda from my diet because it is very possible that with my heavy use of Splenda, I have ingested a significant amount of chlorine. I will monitor any changes in the dryness of my mouth and the chapness of my lips and let you know if there have been any relief. Thanks so much for the information on Splenda.

  19. Natali on March 13th, 2008 8:27 am

    I made fajitas last night and the whole wheat wraps I used contained splenda. I also made cupcakes and used reduced sugar(made with Splenday) frosting. WHAT A NIGHTMARE. I could not sleep the entire night. I was itching, restless and felt like sh*t. I’m at work now and I feel like a zombie. Thank you splenda.

  20. Lisa on March 15th, 2008 9:49 am

    To Barb on Jan. 13: Was your morning Latte decaf? I just started drinking latte with skim milk and sugar free carmel syrup and was getting stomach cramps. I switched to decaf and now I’m fine. I have not had any problems with Splenda and have been drinking it in Fuze flavored water for 3 months now. I am glad now to hear about the possible side effects and will be cutting down on the amount of Splenda I ingest.

  21. Mark on March 28th, 2008 9:51 pm

    I am a diabetic and have been using Splenda for two years. I have had panic attacks, pain in both the left side and right side of my stomach, chest pain, angina-like pain in my back and severe headaches. I thought it was my diabetes getting worse, but my glucose levels have stayed pretty normal. I couldn’t figure out why I’ve been feeling so…strange and in so much pain. Now I know. Thanks, y’all. I will not be using Slenda ever again.

  22. Steve on April 1st, 2008 4:57 pm

    I think it is great people are concerned about such things, what I don’t get is if so many people are concerned, why they cannot donate to third party research to verify testing results and safety instead of throwing out more garble that just confuses the subject. Your article was great retoric, but has no substantial value, no supporting data, no specifics indicating who or when anything was deemed safe. Componds broken down are always poisonous. Chlorine has several forms, table salt is made up of two substances that can kill you and itself is dangerous, but also required for life. Water kills more people than most substances, yet no one complains about water. I believe articles like these are the reason we live in an uneducated/mock educated society where we blindly follow sci-fi beliefs instead of seeking scientific evidence.

  23. Oblio A on April 22nd, 2008 1:20 pm

    I recently began having migraines and feeling lethargic. Searching for the cause, I re-read (more carefully) the ‘healthy’ protein bars I recently started on and discovered they have sucralose in them!

    There should be a big skull-&-crossbones ‘Sucralose Warning’ on the labels!

  24. marsha on May 17th, 2008 6:32 am

    I have been using Splenda for over 2 years because of the weight watchers program I was on. My GERD flareups went from hardly ever to very often & within the past 6 months I have developed gastritis. I stopped the splenda for a month & used organic brown sugar, but I developed a sensitivity(lightheadedness) to anything sweet such as fruits, cereal with sugar. I stopped the brown sugar & went back to splenda & my gastritis flared up within 2 weeks. I have decided to stop splenda altogether & I need a safe sweetner I can use, or else I will have to stop using sweetening altogether. GASP!!! Any suggestions?

  25. Jay Bright on May 27th, 2008 5:29 pm

    I never have used other sugar substitutes but I started the new year using Splenda. I was sold by the “made from sugar” marketing b.s. After a few weeks my stomach started to bloat and cramp really badly and I couldn’t figure it out. After finding blood in my bowel movements, I went to an internist. They said it sounded like I may have colon cancer and recommended a colonoscopy. It wasn’t until that came up clean that I remembered that I had started Splenda. I quit and felt much better after 2 days, completely fine after 2 weeks. The stuff is poison.

  26. sandra on May 28th, 2008 7:24 pm

    I´ve been dieting for about 3 months now. It´s hard to eat just fruits and veggies all the time. I´ve bought some candies with splenda, and confess that ate too many one day(8). It was terrible. Cramps,gases, stomach ache, and diarrea. No more splenda candies for me.

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  28. Theresa on June 9th, 2008 10:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the info on Splenda. I thought it was just me who was allergic to it. While at a friend’s house, she gave me a tall glass of ice tea, which I love. It took me awhile to figure out why I was feeling so strange. The tea had Splenda in it, which I’d never had before. My head was spinning and I literally felt like I’d been drugged. A very scary feeling, being I’m as “straight” as they get! Never again!

  29. lizzy on June 10th, 2008 8:56 pm

    I am so grateful for all of you who wrote about your experiences. I rarely ever used Splenda before and had decided to stay away from almost all unnatural sweeteners a couple of years ago after I got terrible migraines several times per week from aspartame. At the time, I did some research on the Internet about aspartame and read that Splenda wasn’t that safe, either. Once I weaned myself off of aspartame, I typically only used stevia or Sweet ‘n Low. Then last year, I started drinking protein drinks with sucralose. Didn’t notice anything right away, so I chose more products with it. A couple of weeks ago, I had other food allergies re-surface and also had terrible migraines and dizziness. So I eliminated almost everything in my diet except eggs, fish, salad, and yogurt. A few days later, I woke up and — for the first time in a year or more — had no pain in my knees, lower back or muscle aches. Before that, I had been progressively feeling as if I was losing strength and would wake up every morning with neckaches, backaches, and loss of muscle strength. I thought (with great fear) that it was because I’m nearing 40. I now feel better than I have in a year. Not using Splenda recently was just part of the cleanse for my food allergies, not a conscious choice. It only dawned on me today that I may have been being poisoned by Splenda. As I said, I feel better than ever today — thank God.

  30. diane on June 22nd, 2008 5:56 pm

    I recently decided to cut sugar out of my diet to loose a few pounds – so I decided to substitute it with splenda (again) I baked with and was eating what I baked for dessert – well I could’nt believe how sick I got (by sick I mean constipated) I would’nt mind but I tried this before with the same side effect but by the way they advertise splenda I never thought it was that I will never ever stick splenda in my body. When I go to my doctor next month I going to ask him about it. (not that I don’t believe you. I’m still shocked at how dangerous splenda can be – what’s wrong with the FDA?

  31. Ben Norton on June 27th, 2008 7:43 pm

    Me not like splenda either.I have tried to get me mum to not use too,but she seems not to worry.I tell her its not real sugar but a lab- produced chemikal concoction that is totally unnatural for the body to metabolise.It bothers me how the FDA allows special interest lobbiez to influence its approval decisions.Products are being approved with full knowledge that they are potentially dangerous by the FDA`s own scientists.

  32. Catherine on June 30th, 2008 8:14 pm

    Have been using Splenda for one week and have been going crazy with headaches, sharp pains in my stomach, dizziness, severe on-edge feeling, exhaustion, tired muscles, almost passed out today – coworker said my face was pale and my eyes were dialated. Am going to stop the Splenda immediately to see if the symptoms alliviate. Will post again if the symptoms do not go away.

  33. Catherine on July 1st, 2008 6:21 pm

    Update after one day of not using Splenda:
    Feel 100% better! None of the symptoms that I have exhibited for the last week and a half with yesterday being the roughest day! : ) No more Splenda for this girl!

  34. Jason on August 7th, 2008 4:54 am

    I’ve been drinking carbonated flavored water for the past few months, and i thought of it as a god send. I hated that water had no flavor, but didn’t like sports drinks because of the calories in them. This carbonated flavored water seemed perfect for staying hydrated during and after my workouts and even nice during the day. I went through maybe 3-4 of these a day for awhile till i noticed the tiny splenda sign on the bottom of the bottle. I’d been meaning to look up info on splenda because I had a gut feeling there was something was bad about it. I hope I haven’t caused to much damage to myself.

  35. jewel marie on September 2nd, 2008 5:32 pm

    i have always used splenda. all day at work i was drinking a lot of hand-squeezed lemonade and sweetening it with splenda. Later that day i had horrible cramping. Now, if i have to have it on my grapefruit or in my homemade lemonade, I will use one packet that day.

  36. Pam on September 8th, 2008 4:33 pm

    I drank a bottle of Nestle Pure Life Water today with Splenda. Immediately after, I felt very anxious, heart starting beating too fast. I could not figure out what had happened. After researching these messages, I now know it was most likely Splenda. I will never use Splenda again. Thanks for listening.

  37. Alexis on September 13th, 2008 1:14 pm

    I’ve been using splenda for years and recently over the last few weeks I’ve been getting leg cramps. I’m so glad I now realize that the splenda is most probably causing the cramps. I’m quitting this poison today! I will go by Trader Joe’s and pick up Stevia today.

  38. Sanjeev on September 13th, 2008 2:19 pm

    Used splenda for few weeks and got rash on stomach. As soon as I stopped using it, the rash went away but left permanant mark. Switched to Stevia from last two years and is very happy with it. Stevia is natural and is very safe without any side effects. Trying Xylitol and Erythritol from last few weeks and they seem to be good. Xylitol cannot be consumed more than 6 grams per day and is very good for avoiding tooth decay(Dentists recommand it). Erythritol can consumed in larger quantities (1 gram per kg body weight).

  39. Emily on September 22nd, 2008 10:51 am

    I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and told Splenda was the way to go for this last trimester… I do the finger pricks 4x day & have only had two really big spikes over the past 3 weeks, both coordinated with Splenda use! My Blood Glucose levels stay around 80-130 and when I used Splenda in my tea twice it has spiked to over 175! That is enough for me… I do not want to have to take injections and as long as I stay clear of the splenda the same meals stay within my limits….
    Glad to see others ahve the same response

  40. Jessica B. on September 22nd, 2008 3:04 pm

    Hi, I just read Mark and Catherine’s messages above, and I had the same symptoms. I almost fainted two days ago. I had cramps/pain in different areas of my body, and had a panic spell and all towards the middle of vacation! Ugh, sadly I had some splenda this morning not thinking anything of it. I will take it out of my diet and try to remember to post what came of it. I hope my tiredness goes away as well as everything else. I use Splenda a good amount, and on that day I had probably about 10 packets of Splenda or maybe a few more. Perhaps it was the splenda with caffinated tea that did it??? I’m going to try the Stevia in a week or so and see if that does anything as well. I hope I get my energy back.

    I had: dizziness, exhaustion, almost fainted, panic attacks, pain in my stomach, chest pain, pain in my back and neck, pain in my legs, and headaches.

    I also had it a few days before starting in my legs, but didn’t think anything of it. Make sme wonder… I’m only 28 and fairly healthy despite the recent stuff.

  41. Vonna on September 24th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Ok, here goes. Prior to Feb/08 I was a faithful consumer of Dansani flavored water. I drank one or two bottles daily and at first I never really noticed problems, or should I say I didn’t put the effects I had with the water. I guess you could say I chalked it up to getting older. Maybe about after a year and a half of consumming the water I started getting urinary tract infections. These started out one every few months and slowly progressed to every four weeks I was in the doctors office getting antibiotics. So I would say that for about four to six months I was getting these infections every four weeks. Now looking back I can see that all the other things I experienced were probably related to the water as well, such as: IBS, miagrains, hearing my pulse in my ears, dizziness while driving,hair loss, and panic attacks. Buy February after being referred to a Urologist and having my bladder scoped where he said that my bladder looked good, but since he couldn’t find the reason for my problems I must have a bladder disorder called Interstitial Cystitis, and then proceeded to tell me that I needed to take anti depressants and some other medication that would be the answer to all my problems. Needless to say I walked out of the office never to return. I then decided to try my own experiment. I gave up the Dasani water and went back to drinking plain old water. I HAVE NOT HAD A URINARY TRACT INFECTION SINCE FEBRUARY AND FELT GREAT, that is until today. Now all of the other things I had felt were gone after a while as well. So here is the rest of the story that is interesting. A couple of months ago I requested routine blood work to check my cholestol and your basic other tests. I found out that my cholestol was slightly elevated and was advised to start exercising and loose some weight. And I have been very sucessful with it, in the past two months I have lost almost 20 pounds following weight watchers and walking or riding my exercise bike. I told my husband that I had never felt better. Until last Friday when I woke up with a headache. I took some Advil and proceeded with my day. The next morning I woke up and felt the same way except I now felt nausious and weak and my leg muscles ached something awful. So for five days now I have woke up with this dull achy headache, I have a upset stomach, feelings of weakness creep up on me, my pulse is back in my ears, and my muscles ache. I realized on Monday that this was not right and something told me to look at the yogurt that I was eatting every day for breakfast and saw what the problem was. I was eatting the very thing that made me sick before and I didn’t even realize it. The last time I had the yogurt was Monday and I am still sitting here with a headache and I also have a urinary tract infection that I had to get antibiotics for this afternoon. I am assuming it takes a while to get the Splenda out of your system once you have built it up in there. I know this is rather lenghty but I do hope that it helps someone else to see that they are not just “getting old” or “hormonal”. These side effects are very real and can make your life very difficult. I realize that not everyone has problems with the Splenda and tolerates it very well. But honestly, why do we want to put chemicals like this in our bodies when we really don’t know what the long term effects of it are? We are being used as lab rats. I will wait a week to ten days and post my improvments, that I am very sure will come.

  42. Tracy on September 27th, 2008 1:00 pm

    I have been addicted to splenda for the past two years. I put five to six packets in a small cup of tea and drink about 5-6 glasses a day, consuming about 30-35 packets a day. I have had severe cramping, water retention, dry and itchy skin and blurred vision for the past year on and off. After researching the side effects of Splenda and the long term dangers of it, I have switched to Stevia. I absolutely love it and the taste is so sweet that I do not have to put more than one packet in my drinks. I also feel a lot better.

  43. Sherry on September 27th, 2008 8:00 pm

    Started using Splenda a few months ago, mostly with decaff ice tea. Also was drinking 2-3 cans of
    Diet Rite Pure 0 cola made with Splenda. Noticed from the first week that I was having trouble with my stomach, diarrhea, cramps,& sometimes constipation. Never thought it could be the Splenda. About 3 weeks ago started having panic attacks, felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest, shaking hands, just plan lousy feeling Will stop using Spenda and see how it goes.

  44. Francisca Ronda on September 28th, 2008 8:27 am

    I used splenda to lose weight. A few months ago I was getting head and neck tremors. I also had slurred speech unvoluntary head would shake along with my hands. I had these side effects for about a week. I couldnt function I had to take a week off work . I wasnt myself for about a month after .I was in pain in my neck in back. I stopped eating splenda and it stopped. I recently started having splenda again.The symptoms started again. It can only be the splenda.No wonder its made with chlorine . I cant believe we as consumera as used as guinea pigs to see if a product may or may not have side effecs. I still have the side effects now. I had to leave work early on friday.Anyone out there eating splenda I would suggest dont eat any products with splenda at all no matter what.

  45. lucy on September 28th, 2008 5:38 pm

    I have been having Splenda in my coffee two to three times per day for the last month and a half. I have had increased anxiety, heart rate issues, sleep issues and major migraines. At church this morning, I decided I should look up the effects of Splenda and I am glad to say that I am quiting today. I know that this is the issue, because I have the same reactions with aspertame and other artificial sweeteners. Good bye Splenda.

  46. Jackie on September 30th, 2008 3:14 pm

    Thank You all so much I couldn’t figure out why i have had these random symptoms.
    I had my first panic attack of my life a year ago after i drank a large black tea with 2 splenda’s in it and never put the two together. I continued to use splenda and have had major anxiety, headaches, and lower back pain

  47. Steve on October 2nd, 2008 1:29 pm

    I recently started dieting using food and beverages with Splenda. I have had major dizzy spells combined with ringing in my ears,migrane headaches and a sharp stabbing pain in the middle of my stomach. I had ran out of the pudding I was eating. after a couple days I was feeling better. I bought some more pudding as well as the diet rootbeer and began to be sick again. Thats when I realized it was something I was eating. After reading on this web site, I believe it must be the Splenda causing my problems.

  48. Matthew on October 6th, 2008 3:29 pm

    For the last 6 months, I’ve been getting intense-flash headaches in the upper left quadrant of my head, almost like someone was putting a thumb tack in my head. Five seconds later, the pain would stop. After weeks and weeks of debating whether or not to see a doctor, I decided to stop putting Splenda in my espresso every morning. I haven’t had a headache since. I don’t think its a coincidence. I have no proof of course, but after 6 months of headaches, occuring about 5 times a day, I suddenly don’t have any.

  49. Trisha on October 8th, 2008 7:23 pm

    Splenda Artificial Sweetener Shown to Contribute to Obesity and Poor Intestinal Health

    A Duke University study just published in The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health suggests that the artificial sweetener Splenda, touted by its producer, McNeil Nutritionals, as a healthy, sugar- and calorie-free alternative to table sugar, may actually cause significant health problems.

    http://cherryhill.injuryboard.com/toxic-substances/splenda-artificial-sweetener-shown-to-contribute-to-obesity-and-poor-intestinal-health.aspx?googleid=248706

  50. Diane on October 10th, 2008 4:01 pm

    I have been faithfully avoiding Splenda for the last EIGHT years after quickly realizing that the no-sugar-added frozen yogurt I had for dessert two or three nights in a row was giving me severe gastro-intestinal problems. (First time I ever threw away anything containing chocolate – what a shame!)

    I recently started drinking V-Fusion,100% juice, and mistakenly bought the “Light” version last week. By the time I noticed that it is only 50% juice and contains sucralose, I had already been to the doctor to check out UTI symptoms with negative results and even mixed some of that juice into the expensive unsweetened 100% cranberry juice I bought to stave off the “UTI.”

    After I noticed the sucralose in the ingredients list, I googled “splenda urinary tract infection” and found this site.

    So I’m not crazy! Glad I found you.

  51. Leilani A. marchand on October 14th, 2008 11:30 pm

    Have switched to Splenda, But no more. Couldn’t sleep at night would stay up and feel like crap. Had a bad taste in mouth. Had a very nervous feeling and my memory was terrible. Started out using alittle then began using alot on cereal like simple corn flakes and puffed rice. I thought it was eating this cereal so close to bedtime. Ran out of splenda and my restless feelings went away as did the headaches and other symptoms. Read up on Splenda and will never use it again, as I started feeling like my old self in just 2-3 days. Beware of this stuff!!!!

  52. Maya Tolj on October 27th, 2008 11:35 am

    I just stopped using it a few days ago, and I feel like a different person. I was using it for years and had developed depression and panic attacks,besides, everyone said I wasn’t myself anymore. It is really scary, I think. Now, I feel I am finally getting back to normal. I will never take it again!!!
    By the way, I used to take about 20-30 packs a day.

  53. beekay on November 5th, 2008 8:00 pm

    I was drinking coffee with splenda nearly ten times a day suddenly one day I noticed that I have tremors in my hands and one of my friend also noticed tremors in my hands while eating dinner so he advised me to get my thyroid and liver checked, I got my tests done everything was normal. When I heard about side effects of splenda I stopped taking it after few days I noticed that there were no tremors in my hands anymore .

  54. sharon on November 7th, 2008 7:48 pm

    Splenda must be the reason I am having cramps so much more. I drink iced tea all day and have noticed an increase in crampss and gas. Other side effects I am having, I am not sure of because of other problems, but I will stop the Splenda and see what transpires. I need help.

  55. Kim Ray on November 22nd, 2008 12:15 am

    My 14 year old son did a study on aspartame and splenda in school and I was quite impressed with what he was telling me, so I decided to do some research on my own.

    When I was pregnant with him, I eliminated “fake” sugars from my diet completely. When I was pregnant with my 5 year old son, my ob/gyn stated that splenda was fine, so that was the only sweetner I used. For some reason, when I got pregnant with my last child (she is now 3 years old) I went back to natural sugar and eliminated the artificial ones.

    My oldest and youngest children are fine and healthy. My middle child, however, has alot of developmental delays and has EXTREME behavioral problems. We are currently in weekly counseling with him and he’s had numerous testing done, but no one has been able to definitively diagnosed what’s wrong with him.

    This makes me wonder if the Splenda had something to do with his problems…

  56. Lorraine Deneen on November 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm

    I am a retired registered nurse and have been on a diet since last March. I have lost 22 lbs. I do alot of baking this time of the year so I decided to get a bag of Splenda for a sugar substitute. In the last couple of weeks I have baked an apple pie, many batches of cookies, cakes and last Sunday I baked a cheese cake and used Splenda. Yesterday, I baked a double batch of Ranger cookies with oatmeal and with the Splenda. All week I was constipated to the point of no bowel movements and sharp stomach pains. I thought I was having a bowel obstruction. Finally, yesterday I started having bowel movements and really wasn’t eating anything. Last night I started feeling better and decided to eat 2 cookies. This morning I felt and had a cookie with my coffee and started having the cramping and bad stomach pains. I don’t ever want to feel sick like this again. I talked to a friend who said she had the same thing from using Splenda. I have been so sick all week and usually I feel really good. Well. Good bye Splenda for me and I am sharing this so other people realize it does have an affect. I really should have known as if I even eat a small piece of sugar free candy I cramp up bad with the sorbic stuff.

  57. Louie on November 24th, 2008 1:07 am

    I use Splenda every day, in limited amounts. I can honestly say that I have never felt negative effects from this form of sugar. It simply helps make my life easier, and I feel great.
    I do realize that we all have different tolerances for different foods and additives, so this is just a testament to my reaction to this substance.

  58. Eric on November 25th, 2008 11:55 pm

    I can not understand why everyone has issues with this product, I enjoy the taste and no side affects at all. like every thing over do it and you may pay a price.

  59. Kossy on December 2nd, 2008 5:36 am

    Splenda has made my life a misery since using it once a day in coffee- only two tiny pellets! Cramping, constipation, gas, aches, pains, headaches,and then needing to run to bathroom.I knew I was sensitive to artificial sweetners- but tried this because of the ‘natural’ advertising blurb. I have since thrown it in the bin. One week with Splenda was enough FOREVER.

  60. Adam on December 14th, 2008 6:40 pm

    Splenda is just fine in moderation…does anyone remember moderation? If you are having any health issues see your doctor..if cant help you fire him and get a new doctor even if its a mental health professional. Stress can be attributed to many of the symptoms listed above but then again so can MS. Please see a good doctor.

  61. David on December 15th, 2008 1:25 pm

    I am headed to my Urologist today yet again with UTI syptoms. After reading these respones, I will mention Splenda to my doctor. It seems everytime I go with these symptoms the UA comes back clean. I’m baffled. Now I am starting to think it may very well be the Splenda. I drink it everyday (e.g. Coke Zero, Iced Tea sweetened with it).

  62. christine on December 17th, 2008 1:00 pm

    I have been reading the horror stories about the use of Splenda. The only thing most of them have in common is that they were using it at an unhealthy consumption rate. Just like sugar/salt if you use too much, you will get sick. Nobody should consume 10 cups of coffee in a day, or two bottles of flavored water with 4-6 cans/bottles of soda. Try subbing the flavored water for plain water every other bottle. It is amazing that these people think that if they exchange one bad habit for another it is the Splenda’s fault. Eat and Drink in a healthy moderation including artificial things. Just like the Tv show 30 Days, (it was about consuming fast food every day for 30 days) how it makes you fat and sick, why would you consume that much fast food in a month? Most of these people sound like there is a one pill cure all for fitness and health, I didn’t read how they had a fitness routine. Exercise anyone? Take a class at your local college or YMCA/YWCA and get some education in health & fitness before posting BS on the web!

  63. Debbie on December 27th, 2008 7:06 pm

    Our son was having severe stomach pain, severe heartburn, and also uncontrollable vomiting. For three long years we endured this on a weekly basis. He had have test and procedure in the book done to him and everything turned out normal. One day we took sucralose out of diet (not knowing anything about sucralose at the time) and BINGO, 95% of his stomach problems stopped just like that. Not even his pediatric gastroenterologist knew what was wrong with him. Every ER doctor we went to couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I am so thankful we happened to figure out what the problem was. Our entire family has taken artificial sweetners, especially sucralose, out of our diet. It isn’t easy. I recently found sucralose in the pillsbury toaster strudels I bought. Also it is in childrens tylenol and many other cough syrups on the market. There is only one sure way to not use sucralose and that is to read every label on everything we buy and to ask questions when eating out. It is like a nightmare. It’s in so much of the food we eat that isn’t labeled low calorie or diet. I can only pray that someday this stuff will be taken off the market.

  64. Joy on December 31st, 2008 10:35 am

    I have read just about every comment on this page up to my post and have also “googled” Splenda (sucralose), watching “You Tube” videos and just can’t believe what is being said about Splenda. 3 Years ago a frind of my told me how bad Splenda was through an email that she received, but very soon afterwards telling me that the “rumors” were false and Splenda was OK. I didn’t think much of it and really didn’t set out to use it. I did use it if something said “light” or “fat free” or “sugar free”, but didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Then the summer of ’07 my husband and I did a Low Carb diet to lose some weight and of course you need to eat everything “sugar free” so what better than to enjoy your pleasures without sugar….since you count those. So we did eat things with Splenda in them. I wouldn’t say that we over loaded, but from going to hardly ever ingesting Splenda to ingesting it daily was a change for our bodies. I soon started to get lots of head aches and I really can’t remember the other problems, I just know that I didn’t like it. So without any research, we just stopped it. I persoanlly knew that it wasn’t good and then soon started to research just being a Healthier person, by being more natural and came accross a big write up in a book about how anything man man isn’t natural no matter how it’s marketed. So I though that it makes sense. So I do my best not to by anything with splenda in it (or processed), but haven’t really paid attention to the “sucralose”. I am going to be much more careful after reading all this stuff. I didn’t set out this morning to research Splenda at all, it came up while I was googling something else and thought that I would take a “quick look” at it….2 hrs later…I just can’t believe all that I’ve read.
    I do believe that you can have most things in moderation, and have read some comments on here of how some people have just been overloading there body with Splenda and understand why there symptoms would be more magnified. But to those that only have it occasionally in morning coffee or what not experiencing the same side effects just goes to show that there is a problem. Not to mention the lack of research that was done. I’ve also read how part of our population (forget the %) is allergic to it, which is why some would have more effects from having Splenda then others. Hence those that use it and feel fine so they are Ok with putting clorine in there body….crazy!! Even if your not alleric to something (Splenda) and it’s bad for you (proven) mabye you still shouldn’t have it even though it doesn’t appear to bother you. Maybe you can’t see/feel the problems yet….years down the road you might…something to think about.
    I do have a comment….Christine on Dec. 17th it isn’t right of you to say that all these people are over loading there system with Splenda and that’s why they are having problems and they just need to take an fitness class or just get some education. I agree with you oon most of your points, but when Kossy on Dec. 2nd just posted how it was only used once per day and the problems that she/he had doesn’t quite flow with your comment…It’s like you didn’t read all or most of the post here to see that some have said that they hardly use it and this person did use splenda in moderation.
    I just believe that if you are going to use a sweetner you should use something proven to be natural. I like Stevia, it’s been around for thousands of years and it taste good and doesn’t harm you….or just don’t sweeten anything and you will be fine!!

  65. Rita on January 11th, 2009 11:07 pm

    question,

    I have had hives for over four years. I use splenda for everything. Do you think splenda has anything to do with the hives?

  66. Crystal on January 12th, 2009 12:08 am

    WOW….alot of opinions on here. Even some angry ones. Well my story is I used to consume ALOT of sugar on a daily basis, & decided to cut it out by stopping soda & sweetening my hot tea with splenda instead of sugar. I even argued w/ people who kept telling me that it was bad for me, but I have begun to experiance daily constipation and just last night I my LIVER was swollen !! I am not a drinker so I was surprised. Since splenda was the only thing that has changed in what i consume I decided to google it. After reading all of this I think I will try to find another alternative.

  67. Lisa on January 12th, 2009 11:02 am

    It’s too bad that people are having side effects from splenda. However, I am curious to know just how much splenda people are consuming. I consume 1 packet a day or less and have absolutely no effects from it. Seriously, if you are comsuming so much splenda to replace sugar in your diet, maybe you should reconsider your diet. Sugar is not evil, and if you can’t do low carb without a bunch of artificial sugar, maybe that is the wrong diet for you. Maybe you should eat less junk food instead, because just because there’s no sugar in those cookies doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of flower, and oil, and chocolate, etc.

  68. Sam on January 15th, 2009 11:53 am

    Well I have been using Splenda for about 4 months, actually it is in the Aqua Fina Water Splash I drink. I drink about 2-3 bottles 5 days a week. I have felt nothing or seen nothing. No rashes nothing. But now seeing all this is making me want to go back to good old water.

  69. mary on January 17th, 2009 10:55 am

    I had an enlarged liver from splenda, and severe pain everytime I ate it. I was told that I was getting irritable bowel syndrome. It’s seriously bad stuff people. I’ve been using stevia for years, it’s awesome. Great video folks!

  70. Shelley on January 17th, 2009 11:57 am

    I am interested in the increased blood sugar aspect of spenda. I’ve been on a working diet and exercise program since November and have been slowly losing weight. However, for the last couple of weeks, my weight has been fluctuating a lot and my appetite has increased. I feel like I’ve completely lost control of my diet- and thought maybe it was hormones. What I realized after reading these posts is that it was about 2 weeks ago I started buying diet coke with splenda (replacing diet pepsi). On a side note I’ve noticed I’ve had more stomach problems for the last week. Although, that could be associated with quite a few things, after seeing these posts, I’m betting that’s the splenda too.

  71. Heather on January 17th, 2009 1:06 pm

    I have had hives since May 5, 2008 Rita. I also had them from late Nov 04 to Feb 15, 2005.
    I thought it was my thyroid (TSH goes up & down)but even when my TSH is stable the hives persist, and I had a long break between episodes. I’ve had allergy tests – nothing. I did consume diet pop and diet iced tea with Aspartame and Splenda in them for years, including since I had the first case of hives. So, not sure they’re related to the sweeteners but I plan to give them up starting today, which will be hard. I do have Stevia so will go back to making iced tea with that. Plain water bores me. Both cases of hives started out with horrible chest pains, mainly on the right side, had throat tightening pain, stomach pain. May be from od’g on pop – then that may cause gastric trouble which gives me hives. Not sure though, need to get myself to stay off the pop for a longer time! It’s hard.
    I did do an Atkins type diet for over 3 wks a yr ago (worked great) and still felt like crap.
    I do notice when I’m drinking too much pop (have been on Diet Rite cola) I get real spaced out feeling and I have pain near both ears – weird.

  72. Rick on January 25th, 2009 1:42 pm

    I was a heavy alcohol drinker for many many years and always attributed my dehydration and muscle aches and cramps to this addiction along with anxiety, laziness, loss of memory and depression. Well…I stopped drinking altogether over a year ago and have since then been waiting to go into full recovery of the alcohol addiction. Still not better.. Same problems after over a year of sobriety. (thinking… “man, I really messed myself up with vodka!”)
    Lately.. I had been wondering if I maybe I’m just undergoing a year long hangover… A week ago I decided to try giving up Splenda after hearing these horrible things that it can do. I had counted up that I have been using anywhere from 20 to 40 packs each day (coffee and iced tea) along with diet drinks with sucrolose, splenda jello, ice cream you name it ( 40 packets..addictive behavior huh) Well after stopping… guesss what!? Feeling better than ever.. Splenda is dead for me.. Thank you Spleda for ruining all of this precious time of sobriety. This stuff is poison and should be banned.. kids are using this stuff!!!

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  75. Donna on January 28th, 2009 5:04 pm

    I too wanted to lose a few pounds and was told by my nutritionist that splenda was what i should be using instead of sugar. I was feeling extremely tired and my muscles were very tired to the point where i would have to lie down and sleep, and when i woke i would still feel very tired. I stopped the splenda and felt myself again which was wonderful. I tried splenda again and the same symptoms happened. I tried a third time and once again i was extremely tired and fatigued. No more for me, I would rather have a few pounds to look at rather that sleeping my life away.

  76. Vicki on January 28th, 2009 5:24 pm

    My symptoms began about six months ago. Well, I guess really before that. I had been experiencing symptoms like shakiness, chills, etc. Didn’t really think much about it, as they only happened every once in a while. Then, while shampooing, I was shocked to see that my hands were covered with hair. This caused me anxiety, but not to the extent that would be expected. It was like a faucet that I could not turn off, no matter what I tried. Shaking, not sleeping well, loss of appetite, tingling in legs and hands. For six months now, I have had the following symptoms.

    • Unexplained hair loss
    • Debilitating anxiety / panic attacks
    • Heart palpitations
    • Chest pain
    • Shakiness
    • Tingling of feet & hands
    • Extreme restless leg syndrome at night ( in one leg!)
    • Severe painful cramps in feet/toes
    • Weakness in legs
    • Legs feel as if “weighted down”
    • Swollen ankles
    • Chills going up legs
    • Unexplained sleepiness, even immediately after a good night of sleep
    • Nausea
    • Stomach cramps
    • Bloatedness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Stomach upset
    • Itchy, watery, red eyes
    • Bottom lip extremely swelled when waking from sleep in morning
    • Hives over various parts of my body – sometimes itchy, sometimes not
    • Unexplained itching, with NO hives present
    • Daily bouts of sneezing
    • Sinusitis, dry mouth
    • Ringing in ears; ears feel closed up, can hear heart beating in ears
    • Feeling as if in “fog”
    • Dizziness, sometimes feeling faint
    • Eyes feel sore when moved
    • Neck & shoulder pain
    • Headaches, & swollen nodes around neck area

    About 2 weeks ago, I began putting these symptoms into a search on the web. I came up with the ONLY answer that I have been able to find, and the ONLY one that covered ALL of my symptoms and made sense. I have been using a good bit of Splenda for a few years now. I immediately ceased using it two weeks ago, and began attempts to detox my body. Now, in only two weeks, I feel like a normal person for the first time in 6 months. Nearly all of my symptoms have disappeared. The ones that are still there are barely noticeable. I can’t believe that I was poisoning myself and didn’t know it! This has been one of the most horrible periods of my life that I can remember. I am so thankful to have found the answer!
    I am still having some problems with one foot, but it is much better since stopping the use of Splenda. Since it is known that Splenda can cause neurological problems, I feel that it definitely did in my case, maybe even causing some neurological damage to that foot. But, I am confident that will be healed also, in time.

    Why are they still allowed to sell this stuff?!

  77. Debbie James on February 4th, 2009 10:51 am

    I have been using Splenda for longer than I care to say. I don’t care for any other sweetner because of the after taste. So, Splenda was like a gift. About 6-8 months ago, I started to develop severe gastro-intenstinal issues. I began to eliminate certain things from my diet (not the Splenda). No effect. Then my husband told me about an article he read about the dangerous side effects of Splenda. I’ve now stopped using it completely. I’m going on my 2nd full day of no Splenda….

  78. Connie Callihan on February 16th, 2009 10:13 am

    HI,I have been on Splenda for about 5 yrs.AS others,I’m diabetic and wanted something that I could use not to raise my blood sugar!During this time ,My bowel change has been unreal.I haven’t had the money tio go mto Dr.so I don’t really know what wrong.I won’t go into it all.My main objective,is my mouthj and tongue!!It stared hurting around 2yrs.after I started it.Now my mouth hurts,I can hardly swallow,and bumps r on the back of my tongue!and just recently .I have picked up coughing,but not sick…After reading all this,I am goimg to do my best,with the help of God,to stop slenda all together.I don’t know if it’s to late,except,l know God answers prayers.But it’s like being addicted ,so I am going to make it.signed messed up mouth!!

  79. Joyce on February 20th, 2009 2:15 pm

    I have stopped using Splenda and cutting out diet drinks.. I have been so bloated and fuild retention.. My stomach looks like a big tire roll around my stomach. Makes me feel like my breath is being cut off.
    I feel it is the splenda.
    I have used splenda for several years. I have stopped using splenda and diet drinks.. I think it is improving some of the roll.. but it is going to take a while to get it out my system.

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  81. Richard on April 1st, 2009 9:36 am

    My mom always said, “Don’t eat anything that’s not food.”

    It’s universal advice whether it’s dirt, sand, glass, nails, razor blades, Splenda, Go-Gurt or Hot Pockets.

    Just buy meat, fruit and vegetables. Don’t even bother with bread, use potatoes.

  82. Liz on April 1st, 2009 3:19 pm

    While I was dieting last year I started to use Splenda. Immediately after I started to get this insane mirgraines. Excedrin Migraine would do nothing to relieve the pain. I was in and out of the hospital for the severe migraines. I was even given a spinal tap because the ER doctor wanted to rule out an aneurysm. I started to use sugar thining that my body was craving the sugar. Well, I started to use Splenda again for the last three days. I have had a terrible migraine that I can not even function. Last night I thought I was going to pass out from the pain. Maybe I am allergic to it but I know this is not normal. I had a cup of coffee today and used the splenda and my migraine got even worse. I realized then that it must be the Splenda. I am going to stop but I am debating on going to the hospital again because the pain is so bad.

  83. sierra on April 8th, 2009 5:31 pm

    i am not chewing 5 gum anymore because i do not want 2 die at an ealy age and also thank u to who ever made this website !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also what is ismalt and maltitol if u can tell me all the information on that and if it is harmful so please contact me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. marcie on April 14th, 2009 10:05 am

    THANK YOU i thought i was going crazy. we started using splenda and evertime i got tea i would feel like crap. my head would hurt and my back, at night my legs would jump and drive me crazy. i was telling a friend that i had started using it and just felt bad and she sent me to this web site. I just want to say Thank You so much i was making my kids koolaid and everthing with splenda. i could have been hurting them and not even knowing

  85. Charlotte on April 30th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Well, add me to the list….I was ready to go to a neurologist due to frequent little zaps in my head — left side in line with ear…would come and go and I, too, had a gut feeling to try getting off of Splenda. I was not overdosing on it. Maybe 3 or 4 pkgs. per day at most….however had been using it for a couple of years. I have stopped completely — headaches have stopped. One day I tried one as a test and low, and behold, the little zapping came back. That did it. I have been off for a month and not one more occurrence. I believe God gives us intuition and I am so grateful I found my problem. I will be telling everyone of this site and my results. So, do we have to fear Stevia????? Right now I’m drinking coffee black and not loving it!! God bless and thank you all.

  86. Charlotte on April 30th, 2009 8:14 pm

    I left a comment above and not sure it went through. My little zapping headaches in left side of head to the left of ear have completely stopped since I got off of Splenda. I was about to see a neurologist when I had this gut feeling it could be the Splenda. I thank God for giving us intuition and have not had one episode since quitting.

  87. Corban Smithe on April 30th, 2009 11:35 pm

    Splenda for the win!

  88. Chucky Blandford on April 30th, 2009 11:37 pm

    No wonder I started growing a third arm! Ive been munching on splenda since I was three!

  89. buffy on May 1st, 2009 9:55 am

    Had unexplained bladder problems for about 8 years. Thought I had overactive bladder. Dr. suggested that it was my age (50)and it “happens to all women.” Went to urologist. UA showed blood in urine. Had CT scan and scope, both negative. Started analyzing when symptoms started and decided to start eliminating stuff. First eliminated caffeine. No significant difference. Then eliminated Splenda–immediate relief, and back to a normal life. No more splenda for me.

  90. dave on May 6th, 2009 8:12 pm

    This stuff is great – take splenda, and now I can leap a tall building.

    Oh btw, did I tell you that table salt also has chlorine?

  91. penelope on May 14th, 2009 3:57 am

    i’ve been using splenda for over a year. not until recently (past few weeks) have I experience extreme stomach pains, rashes break out on the back of both of my hands, and rectal bleeding. i had no idea what it was that was making me feel like s***. a friend told me about side effects of splenda. i quit starting today.

  92. gg on May 22nd, 2009 4:57 am

    I was recommended to use Splenda a few years ago by a weightloss program (famous one). Afterwords, I developed eye problems, and got a spare tire around my middle that just wouldn’t go away.
    I was also sneezing my head off every morning, and always felt tired. Then, I lost interest in my favorite activities.
    I found this site and another about the dangers of splenda.
    I stopped using it. All the above is going away, and I no longer have eye problems. Even the spare tire in my middle is rapidly (and finally) responded to abs exercise, which it hasn’t done in 2 years!
    Splenda is awful. Don’t give it to your children!
    Thank you for the website.

  93. Becky on May 23rd, 2009 3:31 am

    My husband was diagnosed as a diabetic on 4/3/09, we switched to sweet tea with Splenda since we love sweet tea. I noticed a rash on my legs and then on my stomach, I did not know what was causing this. After a month of having the rash and trying every over the counter product and home remedy for rashes and still no cure, I decided to do some internet research. I found a website titled “Splenda toxicity”, I saw several cases that described the problems I had. I have since stopped using Splenda and the rash is slowly getting better. I am switching to Truvia/Stevia and pray it doesn’t cause any bad side effects. My husband still uses the Splenda but has not had any complications so far that we know of, Praise God. I do not recommend it though, the rash has been VERY annoying and I pray it does not scar me like others on here have stated, I have been putting vitamin E on the marks in hopes that they will not remain. Beware and do your research on products before trying stuff like this!

  94. Doris Greif on May 24th, 2009 7:21 pm

    I have only used splenda for a short time because I needed to keep my blood sugar down. I have had extreme diarhea, water retention, and urinary tract infection. That is why I checked out your site. Thank you! May 24,2009

  95. jon bork on May 25th, 2009 1:31 am

    Splenda is much safer than nutrasweet (aspertame) which causes brain tumers and many other problems. I will stay with the safer splenda.

  96. gg on May 29th, 2009 5:28 pm

    Why risk that kind of stuff…just eat real food and drink water or sweeten things with juice from real fruits! You can use organic jams, too. Why not add some different fruit juices made in a juicer?
    Bring out your inner healthy chef!

  97. Kate on June 5th, 2009 1:38 am

    WOW!!! I have suffered from chronic fatigue for 7 years following a long, serious illness. I had attributed all of my symptoms to that. Severe fatigue, muscle weakness, leg and foot muscle cramps at night, fogginess, dizziness, slurred speech, dull headaches all day. Ticking in the ears, tingling in the legs and arms and balance problems. I have been using Splenda, about 17 packets per day in my green tea for about 8 years. Last Sunday my sister told me she had read alot of negative information about Splenda. Willing to try anything at this point, I went to Trader Joe’s and bought Stevia. Three days later and the fog has lifted! Unbelievable! I had no muscle cramps last night and woke up today with no headache, no weak feeling, no tingling and I had energy!
    I didn’t realize that I had been poisoning myself!
    Reading this website was so great because I found so many others with the same afflitions! I have been reading everyone’s stories and I’m just stunned! Splenda should be put out of business! We have all been human lab rats!

  98. Kmack on June 25th, 2009 8:51 am

    You people crack me up!! What a bunch of Hypochondriacs!! Like a couple packets of Splenda in your tea is worth worrying about. Throwing it all out??? That stuff is expensive, and I am poor, so B4 you throw away any more Splenda, send it to me. (email me @ kevinsmckay@bellsouth.net for shipping instructions)

  99. Freda on June 25th, 2009 10:25 am

    I just watched the tube advice you gave.. I have had splenda in my life for yrs and it is all coming to turn against me now. I have a burning in my mouth and lips and it is in my throat too.
    I had surgery and had my gallbladder out thinking it was the problem. Then still to have the nause and sick feelings. Then as I drink tea with splenda in it a few days agao.. well it got worse in my mouth. So I laid off it and did better. So NO more for me. Lots of my health issues are now coming out to think.. the hives I have fought for yrs and hair at times coming out and so on.. it is all splenda… so I am OFF it for ever and off anything but REAL sugar if I need it sweet.. In life we don’t get something for nothing and I am paying a big price now……
    Hope everyone will get off it and feel better.

  100. Dave Arnold on July 1st, 2009 8:34 pm

    A few weeks ago, I was at the grocery and decided to pick up some butter pecan ice cream. I rarely eat ice cream of any kind, and mostly due to the fat content. I was looking through the various brands and noticed one that was lower in sugar and calories. So I picked it up, brought it home and put it in the freezer.

    About a week and a half ago, I decided to have some, and on closer observation, noticed that it contained Splenda. It should be noted that I have never used products with artificial sweeteners…I remember a co-worker who was into really healthy eating telling me how bad most of the artificial sweeteners are to the human body.

    In the past week and a half, I noticed that I was having diarrhea fairly regularly. And, two days ago, I started getting naused. Within the past week, I had eaten a small bowl of ice cream about every other night. Last night, I awoke early in the morning with excrutiating stomach pains, and somewhat constipated. Nothing has changed in my diet…but I’ve decided to eliminate any more of the ice cream with Splenda.

    I’m feeling better, and hoping that the stomach pains don’t return. But like I said, my guess is that my digestive system simply can’t handle the artificial sweetener, in particular, Splenda.

    I plan to be a bit more observant when I select new products at the grocery store…products with Splenda will be those that I won’t buy.

  101. Matt Aaron on July 14th, 2009 1:53 am

    To make a long story short… I broke out in hives on the back of my neck and the side of my face four days ago. Red welps and scabs formed on the side of my neck behind my left ear. I thought it was a heat rash our something to that effect so I was just going to let it heal itself within a few days as I have done many times before. My friend and I have been on a new sugarless diet. We started using SPLENDA in our oatmeal. I would use one pack per cooked cup and he would use 6-8 packs. I made fun of him and said he would catch cancer from that much. I went on line as a joke and found “Side effects of SPLENDA” (naturalhealthtechniques.com) and I was SHOCKED!!!!!!!! There it was in my face everything that I had been feeling and could see with my own eyes in a mirror. Even the feeling of 4th of July sparklers hitting my skin…

    I know for a fact that SPLENDA caused this to happen to me because I am very strict with my food intake. I count every Calorie, Protein and Carb I eat. The only thing different about my diet in the last 4 weeks is/was SPLENDA in place of brown sugar on my oatmeal. NOW I KNOW.

    I took some Benadryl after reading the list and now 5 hours later my swelling has went down, the itching has stopped and the “Sparkler Feeling” has went away. This is not “Fear Mongering”. It is pure facts.

    If anyone doubts me or want’s to talk with me about this please feel free to contact me: mattxoaaron@hotmail.com

  102. Phil on August 3rd, 2009 11:41 pm

    I started using Splenda after I figured out Nutrasweet had turned my memory into mush. I overheard a conversation in which a woman said she didn’t realize that her love of diet coke had made her forgetfull until she gave it up and after about a month she realized her memory was returning. I was 54 at the time and though my memory loss was just getting older, but after 2 months of no diet soda with aspratame, I was no longer constantly fogetting and getting confused. So after a couple of years of splenda based diet soda, I started thinking my legs were starting to have circulation problems, again blaming my age. A friend told me about leg and arm issues as a side affect of Splenda so I stopped drinking splenda based diet soda. After two weeks I noticed my leg issues were less and after a month virtually no problems at all!! PLUS my mental health was HUGELY improved. I had considered myself bordeline depressed with lots of anxiety, and now it’s gone also!!!! I used lots of nutrasweet and splenda, and when I stopped the splenda though I would allow myself a aspratame diet soda a day hoping I wouldn’t notice, but after a couple of months I’m realizing I’m having memory issues again, so that won’t work. I love soda but can’t have sugar soda because of blood sugar, so I guess my soda days are pretty much done. I’m not happy about it, but I’d rather have my memory and feel good…….

  103. Karen on August 13th, 2009 9:33 am

    After reading all of these responses, all I can say is WOW! I’ve been using Splenda for over a year now and can honestly say I loved it. It was a dream come true. All of my favorite foods could be consumed again, due to this magical sugar substitute. But I also noticed that I’ve been slowly feeling lousy. I have been experiencing the same effects that many of you have:
    dizziness
    headaches
    muscle cramps and tingling
    ringing in the ears
    head/ear pressure
    sinusitis, etc… but just thought it was due to stress, or my workout, or just allergies and blew it off.

    It never really dawned on me until just this morning. I woke up feeling great. Came to work and had my morning oatmeal with 2 packets of Splenda. After 2-3 bites, I started to feel real lousy. My head started to be foggy, my nose started running and the dizziness was kicking in. My ears started ringing loudly and I had to sit back and “gather” myself for a moment. I wasn’t hungry anymore so I threw away the rest of my oatmeal and grabbed my water. I also changed out my morning decaf coffee with skim milk and 2 packets of Splenda for decaf/skim and real sugar. I’m done with Splenda for a couple days to see if this is what’s making me feel so bad.
    I thought I was going crazy with the “spacey” feeling it was giving me. But I just remembered, I had the same problem a few years ago when I went on the Slim Fast diet. I quickly stopped that once I figured out what the problem was. Now it looks as though I have discovered another diet food I can’t consume.
    Thank you for this website and all the information you all have shared. It’s been very educational!

  104. Jack on August 16th, 2009 5:21 pm

    Just a thought for you all regarding chlorine in Splenda. To produce Splenda, three hydroxyl groups on a sugar molecule are replaced by three atoms of chlorine. To get an idea of just how much three atoms of chlorine is, check out http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/Goodies/size_atoms/index.html or any educational site that will help you to comprehend the ratio of one atom to the size of some tangible object. I guarantee that you will be astonished.

    You can also purchase a chlorine test kit for just a few dollars. Test your tap water first, so you can make a comparison. Then, use some distilled water (or let your tap water sit out for 24 hours) and then add a tablespoon of Splenda and test it. Remember, most of us consume far more water than we would ever consume of Splenda.

    Make it a practice to never believe what you read from these sites, even if the information is ‘verified’ by several ‘sources.’ Always find a way to verify the information ON YOUR OWN with true science and research, not just by visiting more websites that will simply “verify” what you already ‘believe.’

    The mind is a powerful thing.

  105. Kris on August 18th, 2009 2:18 pm

    To keep my weight down, I used splenda for 2 1/2 years and wasn’t aware of any problems from it; however, I was starting to get episodes of depression. On a recent family visit, with no splenda to use, I discovered my mood greatly improved so I quit using splenda. Now that I have been “off” of it for almost a month, I have not had any moments of depression and I have found I am much calmer with my children. Even they have noticed the difference in my temperament. I think there is more to the side effects than were previously thought.

  106. Mike on August 18th, 2009 7:49 pm

    ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS CANNOT BE REMOVED FROM OUR WATER SUPPLY!!!! A study found that 85-65% of sucralose remains in our drinking water (85% of sucralose isn’t absorbed by our bodies and goes back into the environment….) EVEN WITH advanced filtration processes. I don’t know about you, but this scares the sucralose-laced you-know-what out of me.

  107. Vanessa on August 28th, 2009 1:59 pm

    I have used Splenda off and on for a few years now. I have not had any side effects, but then I only use it about once or twice a week in coffee or tea or if I run out of sugar, for baking. I believe that if you over use ANYTHING that you will have negative side affects. Moderation in everything. And, if you can get Stevia, since it is natural, use that. But again, use it moderately.

  108. Jean on August 31st, 2009 2:45 pm

    I have suffered with intestinal problems for 50 years, but they have never been as severe as they have been since I started using Splenda. The stomach cramping and gas pains were indescribable About a week ago, it was like a light bulb turned on telling me part of my problems might be caused by Splenda. I have also had unexplained itching and ringing in my ears–these symtoms usually happen at the end of the day after using several packets of Splenda. I have discontinued the use of Splenda and I feel much better. If you are having any of these problems, I urge you to discontinue the use of this product and keep a journal of how much better you feel!

  109. glenda on September 1st, 2009 10:40 pm

    Whoa! I had no idea of all the controversy with Splenda. I have quit drinking (alcohol) and have gone back to a healthier lifestyle. I purchased Splenda for my tea, which I recently have been drinking 2 pitchers per day with Splenda as the sweetener. I have been experiencing within the past week stomach aches, headaches and actually constipation (which is rare for me as I am a vegan), which is when I started to incorporate Splenda in my diet. I had no idea that this could all be caused from Splenda. I can’t recall the last time I had a headache or any of the other symptoms until I started to use Splenda. Splenda will no longer be in my home. Thanks to all those who gave testimonials!

  110. Debbie Smith on September 5th, 2009 8:38 am

    Hey,
    I am so relieved I have found this site! I didn’t even know splenda could cause all of this. I have been having splenda everyday, on my branflakes, over my fruit, in my tea/coffee, for over a year but heavily since may. I noticed for the past couple months that I had the following symptoms:
    - Severe headaches every day
    - Nervousness
    - Heart Palpitations
    - Trembling
    - Stomach pains
    - Urine infections constantly
    - Feeling upset for no reason
    - Trouble sleeping and bad dreams
    - Very irritable
    - Flushings
    - Tiredness
    - Blurry vision
    - Unable to concentrate
    - Diagnosed with anxiety/depression

    I thought this all were just down to caffeine at first so I haven’t been drinking it for about 2 weeks and haven’t really felt any better, my mum were just curious when I mentioned having another headache and wondering if it were sugar I needed, she looked ‘side effects of splenda’ up on the internet and found this…now I’m pretty sure it was down to the splenda I were consuming daily and quite a lot of it too.

    Never having splenda or any sugar alternatives again from today! just wish I had looked this up sooner…thanks everyone! :)

  111. Lisa on September 10th, 2009 11:51 pm

    This website may be my life safer. For the past month I have been ingesting a lot of Splenda through my diet drinks. I am use to ingesting sugar substitutes, but never in the large amount that I have been recently. For the past month I have been experiencing diarrhea on a daily basis and muscle pain. Since I recently lost my health insurance I instantly became worried that I could be very sick and have no way to find out. However, my husband has been complaining of the same thing. So I started thinking of our diets and what we have been ingesting differently. I strongly believe that the large amounts of Splenda that we have been ingesting is the cause of our constant diarrhea. I will lay off this sugar substitute and gauge if my troubles get any better. Thank you for everyone who posted!

  112. Doug on September 17th, 2009 4:40 am

    I try my best to never ingest any artificial sweeteners, because I simply know too much about them.

    Unfortunately I was at a Perkins restaurant this evening, and ordered a slice of Wild Berry pie, which was advertised simply as containing “no added sugar.” That should have raised a red flag for me, but unfortunately I didn’t realize my mistake until I had already wolfed down half of the slice. It landed in my stomach like a chewed up paraffin candle. Yuck! What an absolutely unnatural feeling. Then I noticed the pie was far too sweet to have been sweetened by the berries alone, and I asked the waitress about it. She confirmed that it indeed contained Splenda.

    So far I’m okay; just a slight bit of nausea which didn’t last long, and a mild headache right now. I’ll try to pay better attention next time, because this artificial sweetener stuff is really insidious.

    I want people to understand that restaurants are using Splenda without warning. It’s crazy… I can’t even go to a family restaurant that serves homestyle meals without being involuntarily fed synthetic chemicals.

  113. patti on September 23rd, 2009 8:34 pm

    Friday and Saturday I ate an entire – yet small box of Mother’s chocolate chip cookies (the small crunchy kind) they are highly sweetened with Splenda. The same thing happened to me the last time I ate them- severe cramping, diarrhea (I know- TMI!) but it has been awful and has been like this for 4 days, finally today I feel a bit better but not great. The first time I ate them I didnt think it was the cookies, but now I know! I think this product in high amounts is bad- and I have switched to Stevia at home- quite a while ago, but drink Splenda with tea at work. Gonna stop it all around and just use natural sweeteners. I watch my sugar intake so I do not want to make myself sick! Switch to natural sweeteners or naturally sweet foods.

  114. John Armstrong on September 29th, 2009 1:06 am

    Last week I woke up around 2 or 3 in the morning. I could hardly breath. I thought I was dying.
    I was sweating, the bed was SOAKING wet and I had a headache. My wife was ready to call Emergency. I wrapped in a blanket and sat on the edge of the bed gasping. After an hour things slightly eased up.

    The headache toned down slightly. About 8 am I had violenr diaharea. I was flat on my back all day, consuming only spring water.

    I knew I had been through an allergic reaction of some sort. Before retiring I had a glass of a fruit juice. which the producer calls a “cocktail’. In reading the label I read the list of ingredients. One chemical name (in lower case letters) baffled me.
    Later I found on the internet it was SPLENDA.

    I recalled all the uproar in past media articles abou how it was made and the cocerns before the government caved in about its use. $$$$$$$$$$$

    I contacted the juice company and complained there was no use of the word SPLENDA, only a substitute chemical name.

    The gal at the juice company had one of those sweet sounding child like voices. More or less courteous in a tough way.

    Yesterday an E mail arrived from a company which turned out to be the producer.
    Well I know advertising (producing over 80 FORTUNE Magazine ads) plus a lot of other things.
    Being a Medic with the @nd Marine Division in 2 Pacific invasions.

    The first you learn in the Corps is Marines never back up. John Armstrong

    }}

  115. Sharon on October 2nd, 2009 2:29 pm

    I use Splenda every single day, and have used it for the past 3 years. However, I only use it in hot tea, and I only drink 1 cup of tea per day while at work (maybe 1-2 days a week I’ll have a second cup in the afternoon). I have experienced NO side effects with Splenda in that manner.

    With that said, I would NEVER use Splenda to cook or bake; I’ll only use natural sugar. And I do not purchase drinks or food items with the Splenda logo slapped onto it, or purchase anything that’s supposed to be sweet but says “no sugar added.” As Splenda says itself, “It tastes like sugar, but it’s not sugar.” Meaning, it’s a concoction created in a lab with scientists. Anything concocted like that is not good for you.

    The real thing is ALWAYS the best thing. Do it in moderation, drink plenty of regular tap or bottled water to flush out your system (not fruit-tasting water or Crystal Light), exercise to keep your body functioning normally, and if you want something sweet, chew a piece of spearment gum to “fool” your brain that you’re intaking sugar. You’ll do a lot better that way than taking in a lot of this synthetic garbage.

  116. lydia on October 4th, 2009 1:34 am

    WOW! IM A 29 YEAR OLD SPLENDA USER! I AM CURRENTLY SEEING A GASTRO DOCTOR FOR ALL OF MY PROBLEMS. IVE ALSO HAD HIVES FOR OVER A YEAR AND VERY DRY FLAKY SKIN ALL THE TIME. I CUT OUT ALL FRAGRANCES AND GLYCOLS OUT OF MY PRODUCTS AND STILL HAVE SYMPTOMS. I WAS ALWAYS RED AND BLOTCHY AND TERRIBLE CONSTIPATION. MY EYES ALWAYS FEELED CLOUDY. I USE SPLENDA ALL THE TIME. AT LEAST 8 TO 10 A DAY. I QUIT ABOUT A WEEK AGO AND FOR THE FIRST TIME MY FACE IS NO LONGER FLAKY AND DRY. NO ITCHING AND NO CRAMPING. THE OTHER DAY I HAD 2 SPLENDAS IN MY COFFEE AND FELT TERRIBLE. HAZY EYES AND RED SKIN THAT NIGHT. I ALWAYS HAD BUMPS ON MY BACK AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GONE. I CANT PROVE IT BUT I REALLY THINK ITS THE SPLENDA.

  117. Christopher on October 5th, 2009 12:37 pm

    Hello
    Thanks for all the testimonies.
    I have just recently switched from Splenda (yellow packets) to Stevia (green Packets) I prefer the Truvia brand but I also buy the Trader Joe’s loose Stevia because it is about 1/10th the price.
    I had NO symptoms that I could identify as being related to Splenda, Mostly just getting older and being overweight. I switched mainly because I like the taste of Stevia more than Splenda.
    Christopher

  118. Lorie on October 6th, 2009 10:45 pm

    I just noticed that after eating cookies with splenda that I suddenly had tingling tongue and asthma like breathing problems. I wont be using splenda anymore!

  119. john on October 16th, 2009 3:20 am

    i’ve used splenda for years now and have never had any problems nor as anyone else i know. i believe your just trying to sell your product and trying to scare everyone.

  120. Helen on October 21st, 2009 7:43 pm

    I have used splenda for 3 yrs now. I use 6-10 packets a day, in my food + drinks. I now suffer from fibromyalgia, but more importantly, feel I have MS symptoms. My muscles + joints hurt SO Bad , that it affects my daily living. It hurts to get dressed , and to reach for things . My range of motion is severly limited . I feel now the splenda may have caused this. Any one else find this problem ? It is very debilitating . I drive school bus + my job performance has declined. Any input from anyone, please reply. Thank you. Jen

  121. Pam on October 27th, 2009 10:37 am

    Good information on Splenda; however, one wouldn’t go to the web and search without a reason, which is why I am here.
    My hair it THINNING, not in great gobs, but a steady loss until family notices and comments. I feel great, look good and haven’t had any other complaints, health wise. I use splenda in tea, coffee. I do not crave sweets, anymore, but do crave fruits! I never wanted fruit as long as I used sugar, so if this is due to splenda–great! I am very energetic, don’t exercise, but put it to use cleaning when I get the opportunity. No aches, pains, HA or other side effects. The hair thinning worries me, but it could also be stress from having a stressful job. Started both at the same time. I will stop the Splenda, which did take some getting used to, and then, My Job. I will be back in touch. I am 57, 6’9″ and 140, can touch my toes to my nose, never sick (so immune system is doing well), joints don’t hurt, can still run and do everything I ever did. Not a junk food eater either. Splenda is my only ??bad?? habit, no alcolhol, drugs or smoking-SO, stopping Splenda should tell me if it is stress or the chlorine. Oh, Live on a Well, no chlorine in the water and have a very open mind-won’t be judgemental here, be back.

  122. Chad Grangor on October 28th, 2009 10:56 pm

    RASHES, Splenda leaves large rashes across your bodies, mostly on smooth and susceptible limbs or soft tissue of your skin like your lips, forearms, thighs, literally on any part of your body that other than your neck and knuckles (actually, i take that back, your fingers can swell and reach your knuckles inevitably). If you don’t believe me, google splenda and rashes and you will thousands upon thousands of remarks about the dangers of this so called natural sweetener. Sugar is merely a 4 gram a serving carb. If you are worried about consuming to many calories, then I advise too excercise an extra 10 to 15 minutes, or reduce some of your caloric intake from other sources. (frankly, an extra caloric boost with 15 minute walks sounds better than all the potential side effects)

  123. Sanjay on November 23rd, 2009 1:19 am

    Spenda causes headache for me. It took me some time but i was able to establish the relationship of me taking splenda and headache very clearly.

  124. Kelly on November 29th, 2009 5:02 pm

    These comments are all a bunch of fearmongering. Now, don’t get me wrong, I use regular sugar, but I don’t think a little Splenda now and again will kill you.

    Also, this

    “The results of the tests done by Splenda’s manufacturers, McNeil Nutritionals, are also quite worrisome. Their studies revealed that test rodents suffered from dangerous side effects such as shrunken thymus glands, and enlarged livers and kidneys … and there were only short term studies.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucralose#Safety_studies

    As you can see, the study found in rats, the amount used to cause any effect, would be comparable to a person eating 4300 Splenda packets.

    It’s ridiculous to believe that it was originally meant to be an insecticide. The company that discovered it does food processing. The issue was that one of the scientist misheard “test” as “taste”. The source for the below info is originally a professor/researcher at Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School.

    http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/549sweet.html

    The Sucralose may have the strangest “accidental discovery” story of all the sweeteners. Tate & Lyle, a British sugar company, was looking for ways to use sucrose as a chemical intermediate. In collaboration with Prof. Leslie Hough’s laboratory at King’s College in London, halogenated sugars were being synthesized and tested. A foreign graduate student, Shashikant Phadnis, responded to “testing” of a chlorinated sugar as a request for “tasting,” leading to the discovery that many chlorinated sugars are sweet with potencies some hundreds or thousands of times as great as sucrose. (Walters, 2000)

    http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/549sweet.html

  125. Giampiero Simonetti on December 2nd, 2009 4:43 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam

    it has taken me almost two years to find out the side effects ( on my person) of the Splenda sweetner. After going through food and beverage elimination process I discovered that this sweetener was producing in me bloated and windy bowel.
    After just two days of stopping the use of it I am back to normal digestive functions.
    As for many food containing Sorbitol and/or Mannitol this, very embarrassing, side effect should be printed on the label of this product.

    regards
    GPS

  126. Stinky McGee on December 12th, 2009 7:26 pm

    You would have to consume a dump truck load of Splenda to have a serious problem. I use 4 to 6 packets of Splenda a day and have been using it for several years before it was approved by the FDA. I think we are all individuals and different things affect us in different ways. I hate stevia. I put a drop on my tongue because my friend said it was awesome. I could not get the bitter and horrible cloying taste out of my mouth for two days. I would rather do without sweeteners than add stevia, pink stuff, blue stuff, whatever to my diet. I just happen to like sweet tea with lemon. BTW, I lived in a third world country for years and we HAD to put bleach in our water to make it potable. We washed all of our food in it too.
    S McG

  127. Nurse that cares on December 25th, 2009 3:13 pm

    I am an RN. I remember sitting in chemistry and my instructor stating, “yea all you nursing students that love splenda, it has the same chemical make up as rat poisoning! So ya’ll go ahead and use it and after 15 yrs when no one is dropping off like flies, I may consider it”. I kinda laughed it off but used my better judgement (because he was my instructor) and quit using splenda. Well as I further my career and gain more experience I learn alot. And yes I do believe, in moderation nothing is bad, and I also believe that your body does adjust differently than others to different things. My concern… the rising lifestyle changes that come with gastric bypass and lap band. Alot of people are using splenda. My aunt 40 years old had the gastric bypass. It was very successful for her. She is a big splenda believer used it in all her cooking of desserts and teas and koolaids. About 13 weeks ago she started having horrible back pain out of the blue and has recently been diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. Im sorry, this totally raised a red flag for me. Im not saying that splenda is the definite cause, but I do believe that it does need to start being researched alot heavier, especially for those that are self disciplined enough to use it in high doses like our diabetics, weight loss surgery candidates, etc.
    So next time you go to place anything in your body, just stop and think to yourself…. whats moderation for this? After all everyone has a different perception of what moderation for them would be. One 8oz alcoholic beverage is the normal moderation but tell that to the alcoholic when you see him. Or why can a skinny person eat 6 chocolate bars a day and not gain an oz but a heavy person eats one and gains 10lbs?
    Your body is your precious temple, just please use sane judgement in all your endeavours.

  128. Laurie on January 4th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Stinky, for some people your comment may be true. But, clearly, for others, the negative reactions are there with any amount of use. Just because people don’t respond to Splenda in the same way as you, you have to imply they are lying?

    I don’t think so.

  129. Laurie on January 4th, 2010 2:34 pm

    Oh, and as for Stevia, the key is to never overdo it. It tastes bitter if you use too much. Putting it *directly* on your tongue definitely falls under the category of overdoing it! Of course it will taste bitter! It makes me chuckle to think of you gagging for days because you dropped stevia directly onto your tongue!

    I have been using minimal amounts of Stevia on a daily basis, and I have learned to add it to taste. I always put in a little, then gradually add more if I want it sweeter.

    I love the taste of stevia. Actually, I *prefer* the taste of stevia sweetened drinks over the taste of sugar sweetened drinks! Of course, it took me a while to get used to it, but I love it now.

  130. Laurie on January 4th, 2010 2:51 pm

    I’m chuckling at the thought of you putting stevia directly on the tongue! It makes me think of the scene in the movie “Big”, with Tom Hanks, when he eats something (caviar, maybe?), and he gags and scrapes it off his tongue. Hahaha!

    The key to enjoying stevia is *never* overdoing it! Too much stevia means too much bitterness! I am pretty sure that putting it directly on the tongue falls squarely in the category of overdoing it!

    I’ve learned that with stevia, you must always sweeten to taste, adding a little at first, and then a little more if I want it sweeter.

    I’ve been using stevia on a daily basis (but sparingly) now for several years. It took a while to get used to it, but now I prefer stevia sweetened drinks over sugar sweetened drinks!

  131. Ladonna on January 5th, 2010 9:22 am

    i have been drinking diet grandberry juice for a long peroid of time now and it has splenda in it and now im breaking out with a rash and clawing myself to death now I KNOW WHAT THE REASON WHY ITS THE SPLENDA why dont the consummers put a lable on splenda letting people know all the side effects before we use it. SURE WISHED the rash would go away so I COULD KEEP ON USING SPLENDA liked the taste, next best thing to sugar. thanks L.D.C.

  132. Shelby on January 10th, 2010 12:10 am

    I was doing research on splenda and the effects of it because I did a project in school [Junior in High school] and we had to see how much of the different types of energy we could give to yeast and see how well it could use it. We tested it by taping balloons to flasks, and when yeast cycles it’s energy it has a byproduct of CO2 [carbon dioxide] and it blows the balloon up. We use sucrose [everyday natural sugar] glucose [the most prefferred by organisms] splenda and corn oil. The sucrose and glucose balloons were up in a matter of minutes. However, the yeast, which is not a very picky organism, would NOT even accept it. It bubbled inside of it and and when we were done with the expirement it had a nasty smelling odor. Then I could not resist but to do research on it, not only did u find this article but splenda has also been linked to harming children in ways of internal bleeding and inhibiting of growth. All I can say is, if it isn’t made from the earth, don’t eat it.

  133. Ken on January 22nd, 2010 4:53 am

    I’m a single Dad who decided to cut sugar out of my diet. I picked up my kids for the summer and the next morning I made pancakes that we all enjoyed with a syrup containing splenda. The kids never even knew the syrup was sugar-free it tasted so ‘real’.
    However right after breakfast my 9 year old son vomited violently. I couldn’t figure out why but the next day each of us ate a piece of candy containing Splenda and my son got sick again. My daughter and I were fine but both times my son consumed Splenda it made him very sick to his stomach.

    I found this page researching Stevia and it’s side effects. I hope it’s legit without the adverse side effects of Splenda.

  134. Don on January 25th, 2010 4:20 pm

    What a bunch of bunk. You people will believe anything. If you eat too much beef, you get fat and your body stores the fat and you eventually get high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If you eat too much sugar you get fat, because your body is lazy and will use the sugar and store the fat. Fat is fat, I know I am fat, why; I love to eat and sit on my butt most of the time. Oil is fat, olive oil is fat, butter is fat, and lard is fat,smaltz (chicken fat) is fat. Be active, eat as the food pyramid advises and try to be happy, that’s the cure for being fat, or having health problems. I wish all of you the best in this. I probably will stay fat, sadly to say

  135. doris thibodeaux on February 6th, 2010 11:43 am

    i used splenda and got headaches and my vision went dim (blackout w/o passing out). i tried using splenda over 5 year period with exact same side effects. When i stopped the symptoms stopped!

  136. Missy B on February 16th, 2010 5:29 pm

    I had one splenda in my coffee every day over the last few years. I get migraines but recently (about the last year) I was getting migraines monthly or even every 2 weeks. Also, I had been having pains in my neck and felt disgusting. Finally as of Jan 1 i stopped eating/drinking anything with “fake sugar”. I have not had a migraine, and I feel so much better.

  137. Jeff Miller on February 17th, 2010 11:09 am

    I just took the time to read most of the posts about Splenda. I beleive some of these folks definitly had an alergic reaction to sucralose. Since these people were not part of any study it would be difficult to determine what percentage of the people who use Splenda will experiance an alergic reaction. Just because some people react doesn’t mean it’s dangerous or should be avoided by everyone. That conclusion amounts to hysteria. I personally whould die within 20 minutes after eating only a tiny piece of a peanut if I didn’t get immediate medical attention. However, I don’t go around making posts and blogging about how deadly peanuts can be. Use some common sense. Judging from its popularity and the fact that it hasn’t been pulled off the food store shelves tells me people who react to Splenda are a very small minority (and also the only ones who would bother to tell everyone about it). Splenda is a very safe, good tasting and effective alternative to sugar for the majority of us who aren’t alergic to it.

  138. Chris Lemorie on February 17th, 2010 9:49 pm

    I am having a laugh at this page. I have been using splenda for years (I am a diabetic), so has many other people in my family. I have never had any adverse side effects from this product. Splenda is simply table sugar C12H22O11 with the addition of chlorine atoms fused to it. Does this mean that people cannot be alergic to it? Absolutely not! However, people injest sugar and chlorine every day without problems. Hello, how about city water. There is flouride, chlorine, etc…The biggest problem with Sucralose (Splenda Brand) is that it cannot be digested. Guess what, that is the same for any other artificial sweetner, including Stevia.

    The key is moderation. people should stop injesting artificial sweetners to avoid extra calories. Sugar is not the problem…Try evaluating the rest of your diet. Leave the artificial sweetners to those who have to avoid actual sugar.

    also…

    Look at the page you are on…Any company creating a sweetner is going to make their product out to be far more superior than the next. It is all about telling people what they want to hear.

    I am not slamming Stevia in any way. In fact, I am probably going to try it. Not because I was persuaded by anything this webpage had to say, but because the product is in its most natural form and is not artificial.

  139. pam on February 20th, 2010 1:29 pm

    i have been seeing a dr. for diet. i tried splenda for the same reasons that you all have. the dr. sugggested i try b12 along with my diet for the energy. my tongue broke out in sores. i assumed it was the b12 and returned it to the store. i only use splenda in my cups of tea. the sores are there today—no b12— so, i’m pretty sure its the splenda that’s causing them. i’m returning the remaining splenda packets to the store and also my diet rite 0 that i just bought yesterday also….good bye splenda!!!!!!

  140. Amanda on February 20th, 2010 9:59 pm

    WOOOOW I’m a big cranberry drinker and bought these individual cranberry juice energy drinks etc. not knowing they had splenda in it…I get so sick when I drink it, like real weak, nausiated. I feel it in my entire body, my performance is lacking severly…horrible horrible
    Dont knock natural sugar..its naturally in fruits etc and should be used in moderation of course but however still very fine for you =)
    Splenda is evil!!!!

  141. Amanda on February 20th, 2010 10:08 pm

    well no, to someone like me who uses natural sugars gets a large dose of that poison and digest too much chlorine from SPLENDA!!
    jUST TOOK A FEW DRINKS FROM ONE OF THOSE CRANBERRY JUICES…HERE COMES THE DAM MIGRAIN HEADACHE! UNREAL I AM POISONED RIGHT NOW BASICLY!!
    ok it does say splenda real tiny on the carton but how was I to know the effects??!! I let my small children have some…now am hoping I am not subjecting them to some poison that has hardly been tested and the test that were done on rats with the product showed dramatic results such as liver and kidney enlargment other crazy stuff etc etc

  142. Dan Kitzler on February 23rd, 2010 4:31 am

    Splenda and equal make me very sleepy. I am a diabetic that is addicted to the taste of sugar and I use like 12 peackets in a 12 ounce cup of coffee or on a bowl of ceareal. Is this dangerous?

  143. Patches O'Houghlihan on February 28th, 2010 9:45 pm

    This is amateurish. If anything, less is known about Stevia. Furthermore, the older artificial sweeteners, saccharin and aspartame, no longer include red box warnings because there has never been any proven link between consumption and disease in humans. My personal preference is either sugar, aspartame, or saccharin, because I don’t like how Splenda dissolves in liquid or how Stevia tastes generally. Trust in science rather than fearmongering and possibly bullshit anecdotes.

  144. shaun on March 1st, 2010 2:02 am

    I think im deff, allergic to splenda. i cannot have this stuff, even the tiniest amount will make me extremely sick. i will get a horrible stomach ache and dizziness, migraine. i will start shaking and become very weak. horrible, horrible stuff. i honestly dont know how people can eat this crap and feel normal.

  145. melanie on March 1st, 2010 10:51 pm

    i have suffered thyroid sypmtoms such as hair thinning and weight gain for 8 years. i have gone to several docs and also tried several different brands and doses of thyroid meds with no results… i just found a website full of people all suffering the same symptoms and all of them are splenda users. alot of them complain of dry itchy scalp wich is something i also suffer from. i have been taking about 2-4 tsp of splenda everyday for years. i am stopping today. if this works i will be posting messages at every hair thinning and thyroid message board i can find to try and help others before they suffer needlessly like i have for 8 years. i hope this is the answer!!!

  146. Bob on March 10th, 2010 7:02 pm

    Sucralose, is extremely poorly soluble in fats, does not bioaccumulate either in fat stores or in the food chain, is environmentally safe, and has been shown to be safe for use in people at extremely high doses. Sucralose also does not undergo dechlorination and is not broken down to smaller chlorinated compounds in vivo.

    Pick a sweetener that works for you. Burn more calories than you eat, and you will lose weight. For most of us we simply eat too much. If you can not burn (exercise)the calories off, we seek ways to reduce our calorie intake, without reducing the amount or type of food we eat. To lose a pound a week, you have to eat, on average, 500 calories less per day, than you burn per day. Its all about the arithmetic. To make it work, you have to change your lifestyle. If Splenda helps you do that, then do it. Good luck, I hope you pass your next math quiz.

  147. antone on March 11th, 2010 4:22 pm

    I only drink about 1 packet of Splenda per coffee cup, sometimes
    if I’m drinking more cups of coffee I half the packet. I rarely make pies, sweets, from scratch so I never have use to cook w/it. I also
    use it in my ice tea though I use about 3 packets but I mix my water w/tea to save on having to make more so I doubt I’m consuming that much or am I. Therefore in conclusion I am taking
    small amounts on a weekly basis over the past 4 years so I’m wondering if even small amounts over prolonged use can cause overtime illness. I also work out 2x a week and run 2x a week.

  148. Nick on March 13th, 2010 12:12 pm

    Lately I’ve had problems focusing with my eyes, its hard to read fine print. I’ve notice if I go days without taking sucralose my vision returns, Thank you corporate America for your many fine products. Whats next? Drugs that combat the side effects of other drugs?

  149. John S. on March 14th, 2010 7:57 pm

    I really like splenda. I found that after using it for so long that I didn’t like the taste of sugar in coffee or tea anymore. The other artificial sweeteners are disgusting. Stevia is ok but it’s way expensive. Lower the price or make a better case than splenda is bad because of the whole chlorine deal. You’d have to ingest a cup of chrlorine to do harm to your body. Good luck doing that in less than 20 years time.

  150. mohamed aldeeb on March 21st, 2010 4:57 am

    I need to have a comparative table including the benifits and side effects of all artifecial sweetners including stevia I am very careful about it
    Many Thanks

  151. Kim on March 25th, 2010 9:08 am

    I would encourage everyone to look up the dangers of Stevia as well. I have been looking for a natural sugar replacement that is safe and thought Stevia or Just Like Sugar would be safe. Turns out they all have some problems. I guess I will just have to eat fruit to feed my sugar cravings.

  152. theeb on March 26th, 2010 3:34 pm

    Hair Loss is also associated with SPLENDA…..let me tell you it was horrible when I discovered a patch of hair about 3 inches long by 3 inches wide …totally bald spot on the back of my head.

    Also noticed my head would itch all over just something horrible…but I never associated it with Splenda… had eaten it over frozen raspberries and blueberries…

    Read on this website about so many that have lost their hair or have bald spots due to Splenda use.

    What is so sad is our kids are drinking things with Splenda and eating food with it… it is bad stuff so share it with all who you know and educate them on the bad side effects.

    My hair is so thin on my left side you can see my scalp. Started using several products that appear to be helping or have at least stopped the hair from falling out in bunches.

    http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2006/04/03/splenda_side_effects_under_scrutiny.php?page=2

  153. Clark on March 26th, 2010 5:45 pm

    Listen, skeptics, I appreciate your attempt to reel in all this seemingly crazy hypochondriac nonsense, but I am a healthy, active, 30-year-old male, who is rarely sick and hates going to the doctor unless I’m missing a limb. I doubt that Splenda is linked to all the ailments that have been listed here, but one I know for sure is sucralose causes MAD stomach problems for me.

    I used it for years with no visible side effects, but after increasingly consuming it (not by ridiculous amounts, mind you, one packet in coffee, and however much was in one protein bar I ate every day) I started getting awful stomach cramps every morning, and diarrhea every day for over three months, plus some other ugly symptoms I won’t mention here. :) I saw a gastroenterologist who did all kinds of tests and even a colonoscopy to find out what was wrong. I thought I might have Celiac disease, and tried cutting out all wheat products for two weeks, which at first seemed to help, but then all symptoms returned in full force. The doctor found nothing. I was so miserable I kept trying to research what it could be. I stumbled across a page on the internet that mentioned my symptoms as possible side effects in certain people and immediately stopped using anything with sucralose.

    Within days I was back to normal, and thought it could have been merely a coincidence, but I have unknowingly eaten foods with Splenda a few times since then (it’s in some kinds of BREAD even!), and immediately my stomach hurts like a motha! Every time that has happened since I’ve gone back to check labels and sucralose or sorbitol is on there.

    If you are unaffected by it, congratulations. If you want to continue to ingest it in moderation go right ahead. But I have a hard time thinking that if it has had immediate consequences with so many people, what kind of long-term damage could it be doing? You cannot have ALL things in moderation. Arsenic, motor oil, and poison ivy all occur naturally, but I wouldn’t recommend consuming any of them ‘in moderation’.

    What really needs to be moderated is our addiction to super sweet EVERYTHING. The human brain is incredibly adaptive, and will adjust mentally to what we get used to putting in our bodies. We are now used to overly sweetened food. Scale it back and you’ll be fine! I use stevia occasionally, but in general I use unprocessed sweeteners (agave syrup, raw sugar, honey) moderately. You will get used to using a third as much sweetener in your coffee, or putting less in even your baking. Treats should be a treat, and not a daily habit.

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  155. Pat on March 29th, 2010 11:04 pm

    I have been eating a small sugar free tapioca daily for 5 weeks. It uses Splenda. I am very gassy and have a nasty raw rash on my face. I stop the spenda and clear up. It is only a small amount but the rash returns when I consume any splenda. I have never had a rash from any other food product. EVER! I am over 50. This is not about over doing it. I will stick with making my own using stevia. There are different qualities of stevia and the better ones have no after taste.

  156. yoda on April 2nd, 2010 7:50 pm

    I try to stay away from splenda…it just doesn’t makes sense to me to ingest this chemical.

    I like to use SweetLeaf brand of stevia, which contains no calories, carbs, chemicals, and has a 0 GI!

  157. melanie on April 4th, 2010 2:48 am

    hey guys, i am a 33 year old female. i discovered this site march 1, 2010 and felt like maybe i finally found an answer to my prayers.

    i have sufffered from extreme hair loss, inability to lose weight, depression, and other symptoms that my docs and i figured was thyroid related since i had half of it removed in 03, but with normal tests coming in and no relief i have been running out of hope until now. i have also experienced scalp itch and constant adult acne.

    ive learned how splenda was “discovered” by accident while trying to make a new pesticide and i happen to have a high sensitivity to pesticides. i grew up in tulare, ca where the fruit fields by my home were sprayed by plane regularly. i had severe asthma from the time i was a baby until i moved to the coast when i was 12. that was when my asthma finally started to clear up…if that means anything?

    in the past month i have stopped taking splenda (btw, my scalp itch stopped immediately!)… and i also invested in a “cleanse” i chose isagenix 9-day cleanse. it was expensive and it sucked, but i was told that the more toxic you are, the worse it will be. i had a headache so bad, i vomited!

    since my cleanse i have switched to organic foods whenever possible, purified water, and ofcourse i still stay away from splenda. i am trying to stay away from any chemicals as much as possible now.

    in the last month i lost 3 lbs!!!

    ok, i know this doesnt seem like a huge miracle but trust me, it is! i havnt been able to lose weight in a very long time. basically, i eat 1400-1500 calories everyday and i exercise 2 hours per week and i still was not able to lose weight so dont tell me how it works… if i slip up even a little i immediately gain more weight.

    i learned through my research how our fat cells basically store toxins to protect us, and i think mine were just doing an awesome job for me. i wonder if i didnt have such great fat cells, if i would be here complaining of the more serious and life threatening symptoms i’ve heard from others…

    im sorry this is so long, i just hope that if im right, i can help other people like me. i really was praying to god to help me figure out what was wrong with me because i want to be here for my kids and my grand kids for a long time.

    i will keep you posted , hopefully my hair will grow back eventually. i a trying to be patient on that one because i know it may take 9 months to see results…

    by the way, i noticed atleast 1 person on this page defending splenda and i can’t help but to wonder what interest you have in it? why would you take your time to come here and defend it unless you have something to gain financially? i find it highly improbable that all of us are just hypocondriacs…

  158. alis on April 11th, 2010 2:40 pm

    FOR THE PEOPLE THAT SAY THEY ARE QUITING SPLENDA AND SWITCHING TO STEVIA, THEY MIGHT WANT TO LOOK UP THE SIDE EFFECTS TO THAT ALSO.
    THE BEST THING TO SWEETEN WITH IS A NATURAL AWEETNER LIKE SUGAR OR HONEY OR MAPLE OR FRUIT JUICE.
    ASK ANY PEPLE THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT ARE OLDER LIKE 90 OR SO AND SEE IF THEY USE CHEMICALS TO SWEETEN WITH.
    ALSO DID YOU KNOW THAT WRIGLEYS GUMS ARE NOW PUTTING REGULAR SUGAR IN THEIR GUM AND NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THE ASPERTAME THEY ARE STICKING IN IT TOO, LIKE JUICY FRUIT THAT I BOUGHT FOR MY 7 YEAR OLD, LUCKLY I READ IT FIRST AND FOUND THIS ODD ASPERTAME CHEMICAL IN A GUM THAT ALSO HAS SUGAR AND DOES NOT SAY SUGAR FREE.
    Just eat less sugar or use honey or juice.

  159. Esther on April 16th, 2010 9:29 am

    Sucralose/Splenda = Severe Headache

    Only time I consumed Sucralose/Splenda was in Low Calorie Iced Tea because I was thursty not wanting plain water. 3 8oz glasses later I got a severe frontal lobe headache. Won’t do that again. Esther

  160. Ana on April 22nd, 2010 6:01 pm

    Incredible. I have been using Splenda for 8 years and i just can not believe how many things have been occurring to me that have occurred to many of you here. I can see how someone who has never experienced their once healthy body suddenly going very wrong could say its hypochondria. But unless you go through it, you just can’t speak to it. I have experienced the migranes, the bloating, the needles in the stomach, the gassy grose total constipation, and was especially amazed by Melanie on April 4th, 2010. I’m from Tulare county too and so the pesticide thing really resonates with me too. I just came on to this site yesterday for the first time. Today was Day 1 without Splenda. The biggest thing I notice? I can control my cravings. I am not bloated. I am not cramping. It’s just incredible. Thank you all for the courage to testify here despite those who do not have the shared commonality of Spledisaster we have had. I am SO thankful to you all for this site!

  161. melanie on May 1st, 2010 4:46 pm

    hey guys, just wanted to give another update. since quitting splenda, my skin has cleared up finally:)

  162. Ellen on May 3rd, 2010 8:52 pm

    I have had virtually every symptom mentioned here within the last 7 months, except for the rash. I have used a fair amount of Splenda for about 10 years now. I used to drink Diet Rite in large amounts. Last October I started drinking hot, herbal teas throughout the day with 4 packets of Splenda in each cup. I started feeling very bad. I had tingling in my hands and feet, headaches, tiredness/weakness, anxiety/panic attacks, heart palpitations at times, blood pressure spikes, irritability, brain fog, and even some trouble with vision that came and went. Next was dizziness. At the time I had no medical care and no money so I went online and saw that these symptoms were often associated with Diabetes, which runs strong in my family. I decided to go low carb. I did lose weight by doing that, but suddenly had stomach problems like I have never had before. Of course I was using more Splenda than ever before. I experienced all of the symptoms of IBS with constipation. I had never had those issues before in my life! Then, about a week ago, I was at an outdoor fair with some friends. I sprinkled some Splenda on my 8 year old daughter’s strawberry, and one of my friends mentioned that Splenda causes her intense abdominal distress, so she had switched to Truvia. My other friend agreed that Splenda did the same thing to her. Suddenly it hit me that these women were describing symptoms that closely matched my own recent problems. I have had some tests run recently. Celiac-negative. Diabetes-negative. Thyroid-normal. Bloodwork was good and so were the urinalysis results. That’s as far as I have gotten medically. I recently noticed an unusual amount of hair loss too. My daughter had just recently started eating a sugar-free brand of yogurt. Her skin and scalp have been unusually itchy and I have noticed dandruff flakes in her hair for the first time ever. I and my family have stopped using all sucralose products, as of today. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories.

  163. Carolyn on May 13th, 2010 5:25 pm

    I used splenda for years, I stated with a general , I dont fell god but nothing you could say was really wrong, over time I started having fibromyalgia like mucsle aches, cramps, intestinal issues, cronic nausea and finally terrible pain in my back, kidneys. So bad I ended up in the er one night. I have bi-lateral adrenal mases,and a spot on my liver. I immediately did some research and started trying to repair the damage with healthier, non processed food. The miniute I took splenda out I noticed a difference. I kept a food diary because I would have flair ups of symtoms. Slenda is in alot of foods, but not disclosed. No one will say it was splenda that caused the problem, but stabilation on size,attacks of pain general debilitaion for periods of time have all gotten much better. Masses even shrunk. I will always have the cushing like symtoms, the masses are there, but they are controllable.

  164. Annie McWraith on May 16th, 2010 8:41 pm

    Fascinating. I read every single post on this site and have concluded the side-effects cannot be put off to hypochrondrism–as I’m sure any other thinking person has concluded as well. I am post Roux-Y gastric bypass so obviously have to avoid sugar; I guess I’m stuck with Sweet N’ Low; wonder what that causes? LOL. Hate the bitter aftertaste but I hate the extreme muscle weakness in my legs more and the lack of energy has been very worrisome. I am in a fog all morning and feel completely “spacy”. I would have never connected it to Splenda usage. I thought I had some sort of mitochondrial disorder/cellular function problem–absolutely NO energy—craving caffiene and carbs. I’m a very skeptical person and extremely stubborn but the sheer number of people reporting my exact symptoms which have dramatically worsened (coinciding with onset of increased Splenda usage) have convinced me to drop this out of my diet; as hard as that may be.
    Good luck to all; and for those people posting here being critical and judgemental about other people’s Splenda usage, moderation versus overdoing it; Jeez! Who are you to say? Walk a mile in another shoes ring a bell?–Lighten up and don’t trash people trying to express themselves. If you don’t like what you are reading, x out the page and go to a different website! (duh…)

  165. Joanne Stephenson on May 23rd, 2010 7:43 pm

    My mother has been losing her ability to speak. She had aspartame poisoning that put her into a mental hospital years ago, so has been taking Splenda ever since. For the past number of years, she has suffered from urinary tract infections (which killed my grandmother, her mother, so I don’t want to see those treated with antibiotics over and over, until there is no immune system left without the antibiotics), diarrhea, muscle cramps, weakness in the legs (that is so bad that she can’t stand up) and speech so badly slurred that nobody can understand her.

    I didn’t know how much she was using until she moved into a nursing home. She went through a box of 100 in 4 days. I freaked (that stuff is not cheap!). Then, we bought her twice a much and I told her that that had to last her for a month. Well, 10 days later, she’s out again, but this time, I told her I wasn’t replacing the Splenda, so she ran out. For the first time in years, she called me up and spoke clearly on the phone Then, she had my father go over and take her out to buy her more Splenda. A couple of days later, she called again, and I couldn’t understand a word she said. It was at that point, after she ran out and could speak again, that I put two and two together.

    I will tell her that it’s a combination of 3 chlorine molecules (which cause cancer, by the way…) and then will try to find something “else” (maybe xylitol). She hates stevia. She’s Type II Diabetic, so insists upon filling that need.

    I’ve been looking online and have been unable to find any reference to slurred speech until I found this site. Now, I recognize her other symptoms, as well, (like the diarrhea and urinary tract infections, and muscle cramps). Thanks for your site…!

  166. G Harris on May 31st, 2010 12:37 pm

    I have been using Splenda daily for years without issue.

    Seems to me that every symptom/malady that people have is been blamed on artificial sweetners,strange indeed!!!

  167. mario on June 2nd, 2010 12:34 am

    There are better options like the natural sweeteners Lo Han, Xylitol and Stevia

    Lo Han from dried and fresh fruits
    Xylitol from the fiber of fruits and vegetables
    Stevia from the plant stevia. It is 300 times sweeter than others, so no need to use that much.

    You can find all these at the Health Food
    Stores.

  168. Tina on June 19th, 2010 1:47 pm

    Unfortunately, my love affair with Splenda has officially ended after soaking up all of the information on this page! I have been suffering from reoccuring yeast infections and chronic constipation for the last year, which coincides with my increased splenda use (about 6-8 packs a day in coffee, plus intake from carbonated beverages and other “no-sugar” foods). Even probiotics and digestive enzymes were ineffective! I hate to give it up, but I’ve noticed the constipation, bloating and systemic yeast going away after a week off of Splenda. Some folks may be able to tolerate this stuff without any issues, but if you are prone to have sluggish bowels, STAY AWAY FROM SPLENDA and just stick to plain old sugar and monitor your food intake!

  169. Sherry U on June 19th, 2010 1:49 pm

    Wow,I am so happy to have these comments. I started with splenda 3 years ago and wanted nothing else. I even kept the packets in my purse just incase I went to a friend house or a restaurant and they didn’t have splenda I would have it on hand. I consumed about six packets a day.
    It also gave me a rush that I loved. I never got any headaches or rashes but I noticed I was getting nauseated a lot and would vomit about twice a week. I would open one of the packets and pour it directly on my tongue because it seemed to take a way the nausea.
    One day a woman at work who is kinda fat and jealous of me stated “You shouldn’t eat that stuff I’ve heard bad things about it”. I felt she just wanted to get inside my head. So I decided to do my own research. I can’t stand her so I never told her she was right but I am very thankful that she said something.

    NOW FOR THE HAIR LOSS
    Well my friends,family and Co-workers started asking me if I had gotten a hair cut. I did notice my hair was shorter and shedding more. I didn’t think it was a bad as it was until one day I washing my hair and there was so much on my hands it looked like a put a thick hair net on them. I styled my hair normally but noticed it wouldn’t swoop the way it used to. I took a mirror and looked at the back and there was a bald spot the size of a 50 cent piece. And just thinning spots all over.
    I did research and I could find nothing about the splenda causing hair loss but the nausea was enough for me so I stopped using splenda.

    I know now that it was splenda because I figured it out by timing the hair loss.

    Splenda taste great but it is not good for you. I will just stick to cane sugar for now in very low doses.

    Hope this helps!!!

  170. Michael Viets on June 21st, 2010 9:28 am

    My wife and I are in our 60′s. For the past few years as well as presently we and our close friends daily drink a delicious lemonade that we make with Splenda, bottled lemon juice, and spring water. None of us have ever had any side-effects whatsoever, so we see no reason to do without our favorite drink. No panic attacks here over other’s negative opinions.

  171. Nora on July 5th, 2010 3:03 am

    I was recently diagnosed with hypothyrodism and had suffered similar side effects of consuming Splenda such as hair loss,depression e.t.c for about two years even without taking such large doses of it: i use about 2 packs in three days. I came upon this site today and though am not a skeptic, am going to carefully monitor if am really sufferring from Splendalaria or maybe it’s just the hypothyrodism. Am continueing with my two packs in three days, watch for side effects and rule it out completely for another two weeks and watch to see if i feel better. I will keep you guys posted everyweek. Hope am not dead by then :)

  172. Cesar Hernandez on July 7th, 2010 8:57 am

    Hi…..I’m very grateful for this article. I’ve always wondered…..if Splenda in “natural”… why I put a small amount in an Ants nest and they NEVER touched it or ate it. I guess Nature knows…more than Scientists.

  173. Terri on July 19th, 2010 11:28 am

    I have used splenda for yeeears but in the last few months I have noticed that I use more and more in my coffee and I drink coffee all day and that is no exageration. I now will use anywhere from 6-20 packs of slenda per cup of coffee. SOMEONE PLEASE tell me the risks of this. I have diahrrea constantly and now have read that alot of ya’ll have that and when you stop it goes away. I have to stop this, I definately feel out of control w/ this.

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  175. Nora on July 20th, 2010 9:38 am

    Hey guys, i’ve been on splenda(heavily) for the past two weeks and still taking my medication for hypo. -levothyroxine- ; to really confess the truth, i don’t feel any particular symptom infact i feel better than i’ve felt in two years without my medication. For me, Splenda ain’t that bad afterall but like i said earlier, i’ll still cut it out completely for another two weeks while still on my medication, then check to see if i feel any different. The end point i think, is that each individual has a different reaction to every substance be it organic or inorganic. Keep in touch :) .

  176. Dave Falkins on August 3rd, 2010 3:04 pm

    Like many who’ve left comments on this site or the Splenda site, I have been using Splenda for at least 5 years with no noticable side effects. I usually only have it in my coffee (one or 1 coffees per day & only in the morning). Last week I made a batch of pickled coleslaw using Splenda instead of sugar. The slaw lasted for a couple days and I noticed it (b)leached? the red out of the red cabbage as it aged… after eating the slaw I also wound up with the severe stomach pains and nausea that some have complained about. After researching Splenda today, I am prepared to conclude that stripping out the Hydrogen and Oxygen and substition of Chlorine atoms in suger to get “Splenda” was likely the cause of my reaction to the coleslaw I made with this product. Final Conclusion… in my morning coffee I use a small enough dose not to react to it VISIBLY. In larger doses used in cooking, I DO react to it… I am making the commitment to eliminate it from my life!

  177. Corbi on August 18th, 2010 2:41 pm

    Wow! I just read some of the things written here and I can’t beleive it has taken me this long to figure out whats wrong with me. I started a new diet about 5 months ago and have lost 30 punds so I am very happy with the results, except that about a month ago I started feeling realy bad. I have passed out twice and have had stomach cramps, nausea, dizziness, diareha, panic attacks, shakeness, and so on. My doctor can’t figure out what the problem is, so I finaly thought to start taking notes on what i’m eating and try to figure it out from there. Well needless to say I consume alot of splenda in a day and after reading this i’m not using it anymore. I didn’t have any in my morning coffee and so far I feel fine, only time will tell. Thanks to all for your experanices, I’m sure this is whats wrong with me!

  178. Sherri on August 22nd, 2010 9:20 am

    I’ve drank alot of diet pop since they began using aspertane in it. Recently was hospitalized for fast,irregular heartbeat. When I was released I tried to do some research on my own. I am diabetic and dropped the pop with asperane in it and switched to those with splenda. I’ve also used Equal and Splenda in tea and on about everything else. Until I dropped both products my blood sugar was high generally even with diabetic medication. After dropping both products my blood sugar is no longer high. To the point I may be able to go off all 3 diabetic medications I’ve been on since 2001. The stevia has no effect on keeping my sugar high.

  179. Marla on August 22nd, 2010 4:52 pm

    I have MS so I am pretty careful about whatI put in my body. I have been making things with Splenda and taking it in my coffee for several months and have noticed after I consume baked goods or something with Splenda in it I cannot stay awake I feel drugged. I also have a tingling in my feet and a creepy feeling in my legs. My stomach has also been bothering me.After reading some of the comments here I am going to quit using Splenda. I have tried Stevia and Xylitol but they are a little pricey.

  180. Rich Hopkins on August 29th, 2010 12:12 pm

    I personally don’t use much sugar, or ANY artificial sweeteners. . . knowingly. My wife, the diabetic, however, does. Last summer I needed to make up some simple syrup for our hummingbird feeders. I grabbed a canister from the shelf that I thought had sugar in it. I made the syrup according to recipe [1 cup sugar to 1 qt water] and filled the feeders. The next morning when I looked out the kitchen window, I was stunned to see one of the hummers hanging upside down from the perch. I checked another feeder and found the same thing. The third feeder, without a perch, had two dead birds lying on the ground below it. I couldn’t dump the feeders out fast enough. While I realize that the hummers got a higher dosage than humans would take in comparison, I also must wonder what long term damage it must be doing to people, especially those who think they are making healthy choices by avoiding sugar and using substitutes. I would rather see a diabetic use sugar than the unnatural substitutes available. I have Stevia liquid and powder both on the counter for daily use.

  181. peoplearedumb on August 31st, 2010 6:27 pm

    Used splenda for years, no matter how much, no side effects whatsoever, in perfect health. There is no scientific proof it causes illnesses – I am a medical professional – I’ve researched it. It’s interesting how gullible people can be when all these critiques are on a Stevia website. But I bet there is a website out there that also claims STEVIA causes illnesses as well. (no doubt selling some other competing product). Does anyone consider that they’d have illnesses regardless of using artificial sweetner? I drank some water today – oh, I have a headache – must be WATER that is causing it! Everyone stop drinking water!!

  182. Kim on September 3rd, 2010 1:55 pm

    I’ve read through every testimonial on this site and was suprised that I didn’t find the problem I’ve been having. It’s not severe by any means. I’ve been dieting for 4 months and have lost 32 lbs.. Everything was great, until about a week ago. I have 3 8oz cups of coffee each morning each containing one packet of splenda. Recently, halfway through through my day, I get a rotten taste in my mouth. My stomach is not sour, my breath is not bad. But this taste in my mouth and nose is so unplesant that it effects my whole mood until I go to bed. Lunch and dinner taste of rotten eggs. Nothing can get rid of it!! By morning, it’s gone. My morning coffee isn’t worth this!

  183. sue on September 4th, 2010 10:18 pm

    I am a splenda sufferer too, as it makes me sick and the mere fact that the spelenda labels or (Sucralose)Should have bigger labels or something cause its ridilicious to ingest something unbeknown that it has this crud in it and be sick for 3 days after the fact. :( I think something needs to be done so that the public who chooses and those who don’t want to ingest it, knows that this food product contains something that is harmful for them. So I have to read everything that I buy so it don’t come into my house, but cause of the tiny splenda symbol or lack it does by accident get into my house.

  184. Melody on September 9th, 2010 10:18 pm

    I have been using Splenda for years. I thought it was safe because I’m diabetic. I grow my own food and I eat nothing processed. Well, three weeks ago, I decided to switch from Splenda to Stevia. Overnight my blood glucose levels dropped 40 points. I could not believe it. I’m staying with the Stevia. It’s fine. If only I had known this a long time ago. But I believed the hype.

  185. devin young on September 18th, 2010 8:34 pm

    don’t forget the sugar industry had a lot of bloggers that keep posting on sugar subsitute websites about how bad these things are.

    you cannot believe everything you read

  186. Hans on September 21st, 2010 4:57 am

    I’ve been having achy/hurting in my legs off and on and also in my arms, wrists, hands, and back. Tylenol helps very little, but after reading the testimonials I realize it’s the Splenda causing my problem. I was using it on my oatmeal and then discovered Diet Coke with Splenda. That’s when I noticed the problem increasing. I will be stopping my intake of Splenda and may try the Stevia.

  187. Eddie on September 29th, 2010 4:37 pm

    I highly recommend using Stevia. I’ve trying several brands and the best one I’ve found is Stevita. It’s 100% stevia extract with no fillers. It’s very sweet so go easy. It comes in a shaker so it’s easy to add to coffe or tea. Great product. If you’ve never used stevia it may take some getting used to, but after a while you get used to it. A small amount goes a long way. I understand they’ve used it in Japan or hundreds of years. They use it a lot in their gum products. It’s completely natural, not scientifically produced. Try it. It’s much better for your health. Salud!

  188. karen on October 19th, 2010 5:05 pm

    After eating splenda I always have diahrea within an hour and it continues hrly till it is out of my system. When I had these episodes I didn’t realize what it was till I noticed it was after eating certain foods—with splenda. No problems if I DON’T use splenda products.

  189. Dan on October 22nd, 2010 6:26 am

    I try to eat well, but I have noticed that every time that I consume drinks that are sweetened with Aspertame my joints start hurting and muscles start aching. This occurs every time that I consume products that contain aspertame for a whole week nonstop.

    But with Splenda, I don’t experience the same side effects. I have been adding it to my coffee every morning for the last two months.

  190. Bree on October 22nd, 2010 1:24 pm

    I just read this and now I have about 10 packs of Splenda at my desk. I love to put it in my water. I made the assumption that it was better than regular sugar since I used so little of it versus sugar. Plus it seemed to dissolve well in coffer and/or water.

    I had a bad rash that started out looking like a ring worm but it quickly spread to my back, chest, neck…it was horrible and itched like no body’s business. I went to the dermatologist and she gave me a cream which relieved the itching but it didn’t make the rash go away. I cut back on coffee not sure what to think and was unhappy with the doctor’s diagnosis. Never considering Splenda, I started putting it in my water (a pack or two). Heck, I even got some for home.

    I was watching Biggest Loser and heard them mention something regarding staying away from artificial sweetners. I thought okay, I’ll look into it. So I didn’t stop but cut back. I mentioned to my girlfriend since we just started the Insanity program together. She sent me this link.

    No more splenda for me. I think I’ll go find that Stevia or whatever it is.

  191. Ted on November 18th, 2010 11:58 am

    I am 39 years old male and in excellent health. I am a registered nurse. I am not on any prescription meds. I routinely exercise and I follow a healthy diet. My height and weight is proportionate. However my health was in jeopardy from splenda use. I been using splenda for the last five years as part on my diet regimen and as a means to avoid sugar. I was consuming almost 6-8 of those packets. I was also ingesting other sources of this sweetener from diet soft drinks and diet juices. I recently discovered that splenda has many unwanted side effects, adverse reaction, and toxic symptoms. Basically it is unhealthy for human consumption in my opinion. It should have never approved by the FDA. After three days of extensive research, I found out that this chemically altered sweetener has high amounts of chlorine and others chemicals which can indeed cause a constellation of health problems. It all made sense when I realized my health problems were attribute to splenda consumption. I was experiencing the following symptoms for a long time while on splenda and not knowing it was really this artificial compound and nothing else. By the way, I had paid many visits to doctors and emergency rooms with poor results. I was just given a prescription for my reported symptoms and sent home. The source of my symptoms was never discovered which in the sucralose compound in splenda. I became unusually depressed with poor motivation, low energy level, I had a lot of anxiety which would advance into panic attacks at times, erratic sleep patterns, increased hunger, cravings for sweets, night sweats, social isolation and social detachment, inability to concentrate, poor memory, daily episodes of allergy, watery itchy and swollen eyes, red eyes, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anemia, decreased red blood cell count and decreased hemoglobin and so much more. (Too many to list) Anyway I completely eliminated splenda and other sources of artificial sweetener from my diet. It has been only two weeks now I have a noticed a significant improvement in my health. I have more energy now, better sleep, no anxiety, no gastrointestinal disturbances, no depressed mood, and a better social life. I have been using agave sweetener now (one tablespoon) in my coffee in the Moring. Agave sweetener is safe and natural and most importantly it is not chemically altered, processed, or created. Honey is small amounts is safe also. I have no side effects agave as with splenda. I will never touch splenda again. It is a toxic compound with numerous side effects and health related issues. I encourage people who are on splenda to discontinue its use and see and feel all the health improvement. By the way, my sister was on splenda for many years as well. She recently stopped using it because of me and now she is free from some of the symptoms I had experienced.

  192. Stan on November 28th, 2010 8:59 pm

    Finally. I have been sick for about 3 years now. Chronic constipation and terrible outbreaks of neck/upper back pain. My legs and knees were score in the mornings and I was always tired. I would also experience heart palpitations. I tried cutting out everything from coffee to alcohol and found out why I thought it was coffee. It was the Splenda in the coffee that was causing the problems. Also, I started using protein powder with sucralose as a sweetener. It wasn’t until then I realized it was all tied to sucralose and sugar alcohols. At one point I made a trip to the ER and thought I was extremely sick. Turns out it was a horrible case of gastritis that caused blood in my stools. I am shocked this stuff (Splenda) has been approved by the FDA. I am glad to hear that I am not alone and that the cure is to cut it out of your diet.

  193. jams on December 5th, 2010 9:57 pm

    I have used Splenda since before it came out on the market mainstream… and not one side effect. I actually am one of those weird people who likes all artificial sweeteners, and have never had any problems with any of them.

    Obviously if you have an allergic reaction or side effects that you cannot tolerate, don’t use it…. but I am glad I have none!

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  195. Anne R. on January 13th, 2011 9:54 am

    I have used sweet ‘n low and equal for years, then came Splenda and I started using that instead, because everybody said it is healthy, because it’s made of sugar.
    I am watching my diet and drink a lot of tea, but I can’t stand tea without being sweet, so I used more Splenda than I used to.
    During the last few months I kept feeling dizzy and constipated, bloated at times, diahrrea sometimes. I blamed my stressful life, taking care of a sick relatives etc., then I ran into this article about Splenda. I quit Splenda immediately, use raw sugar now, and within a few days most of my symptoms are gone.
    It is like a miracle!

  196. Susie on January 17th, 2011 6:47 pm

    I made an apple pie with Splenda for my father who was visiting and has diabetes…he uses Splenda in everything. I ate one small piece of pie and within a couple hours I had hives, a migrane and severe abdominal cramps and nausea. I didn’t make the connection until the following day after not eating for almost 24 hours I ate a light dinner and had another small piece of pie. Within 2 hours the same symptoms. It obvious I had a severe allergy to Splenda and will never use this product again.

  197. Martia on January 20th, 2011 4:57 am

    I’ve been using Splenda off and on over the years. Lately, I’ve noticed several things going on with my body. Since, I’ve decided to stay away from sugar all together. I’ve noticed rashes on my lower back top of my buttocks. I used to get headaches in the beginning right after I began to use Splenda. Also the feeling of itchy crawly on my arms and legs. Very dry chapped lips at times. I will lay off the Splenda and switch to something that is not toxic.

  198. redclover on January 24th, 2011 3:24 am

    Im curious to know if anyone has had the following issues with Splenda use…

    I recently tried the Atkins diet, and lost about 7 lbs, and also was using Splenda for the first time in a while. Previously I used mainly honey and agave to sweeten tea and coffee. Well, after a bit on the Atkins style diet I decided that it just didnt entirely make sense, not eating things like carrots didnt add up to a “healthier me”, ya know? BUT, the one thing I do generally agree with is cutting back on sugar, so I kept using Splenda instead of honey etc.

    Well, in this same time I also noticed this cold or numb feeling on my lips and tongue and roof of my mouth. I thought maybe it was due to a recent move (back) to a colder climate, but being that I lived here for 14 years without any issues it doesnt add up. My lips/tongue/mouth have this cold feeling even as I take a sip of tea, or sit in a warm room, so Im not just cold. So when I really narrowed it down I can only guess it is the Splenda, as it is the ONLY thing that has changed and has also been a consistent daily part of my diet (using about 2-5 packs/day in coffee, tea etc on work days). I started today by using honey again, although Im nervous about weight gain, but Id love to know if anyone else has felt this…? Ill post back and let you know how it all feels when its out of my body.

    Also, I am NOT on any medications of any kind, am nearly at my ideal body weight, female, 29 years old, and have had NO major health issues aside from needing to lose a couple lbs. I dont have any other weird symptoms that I can target yet, although I do have SOME lower back pain. So, we will see if this helps, but I would LOVE some feedback if anyone has thoughts. Online research hasnt turned ANYTHING else up, and the tingling/numbness of the lips and mouth HAVE been posted as a possible sucralose side effect.

    Looking forward to hearing back…

    m

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  200. LH on February 3rd, 2011 2:35 pm

    I became very aware of the negative affects Equal several years ago. The primary manifestation is urinary incontinence–extreme irritation of the bladder–bouts of bloody urine and pain in the kidneys. The relationship became very clear when trying to clear the problem and eliminating Equal from my diet. Upon re-instating it, the issue returned within hours. I have suffered for years with headaches, joint aches, and went through a period where doctors were looking at MS, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia but none were diagnosed. I can now most certainly correlate my symptoms with the use of sweeteners. I thought that Splenda had less of an effect, but can now see that it too causes similar symptoms. Being a fast and hard dieter, it is very difficult to eliminate sweeteners from my diet. And I am truly addicted to some of the products containing them–primarily diet sodas. When I have not had one in a while, and particularly if I am under stress, I slip a diet cola back in the diet and take it in with the same euphoria I am sure a smoker or drug addict feels. Stevia has become an alternative, but the product choices are limited. And for those who think buy into the advertisement that it is a great replacement for sugar, and palatable to the tongue, they will be very disappointed. Stevia is very bitter. But it works for most uses. Anyway,just wanted to provide insight for people who are wondering if they are crazy to think sweeteners are directly related to major health symptoms.

  201. george alexanian on February 10th, 2011 9:59 am

    I used Equal (aspertame) for years. I had cloudy urine, more frequent smelly urination. Sorry for the graphic descriptions. My doctor said I had signs of kidney failure. I switched to Splenda and my kidney and urinary problems all cleared up. Then After being on Splenda for a while, I started having much more intestinal flatulence, and much more frequent diarreah to the point where I did not want to drive anywhere more than 15 minutes away. Stopped using Splenda and it has been about 6 months now and back to perfectly normal #1 and #2. I am absolutely sure that the Equal and Splenda were the causes. Now I drink just one regular soda a day and nothing low calories. I will depend on moderation and exercise to keep the weigth down.

  202. Derek on February 16th, 2011 6:22 pm

    My Wife is Diabetic ! She has stomach problems from her high blood sugars & can not have a bowel movement on her own ! She recently switched from sugar to Splenda and now she is in a huge mess ! By reading all the comments is it safe to say ? That if you can not have a bowel movement on your own and this stuff stays in you for 3 days that you are poisoned? She is in a Panic all the time and extremely aggressive ! At first i thought it may be anti depressants that are not working ? I realize now this stuff made her go nuts and should be pulled from the shelf ! In a few days i will know the answer and i will report back my findings ! Be careful everyone …

  203. L.C on February 19th, 2011 12:30 pm

    I have been using splenda in my coffee for about a year now and I have to say that no side effects have disturbed me yet. Now that’s not to say it won’t happen but rather moderation is a big key when using products like Splenda.

  204. KC on February 26th, 2011 2:15 pm

    I am more concerned with what sugar does to the body so, for years, I used the blue packs(equal). I found out that these type of sweeteners still cause a insulin reaction so I switched to Splenda(yellow packs). I was not looking for a reaction but started noticing one every time. My upper gut hurts, feel sleepy and have very low energy. I am a fitness nut so I thought I was over training, sleeping sometimes 12 hrs straight. I cut the Splenda out of my diet and feel WAY better. Sugar in the raw from here on out, tired of being a corporate Ginnie pig.

  205. Derek on February 26th, 2011 10:56 pm

    Glad to say she’s better now ! Switched back to sugar and no more problems …

  206. Rick on March 15th, 2011 9:58 am

    I have been drinking Propel water for about 3 years now, buying in bulk from Costco…I drink about 2 bottles a day. After the last purchase, I noticed that the normal Propel I have been buying has been replaced by Propel Zero, only after wondering why the initial taste and after taste seemed a little off. I didn’t think much of it until recently, after having broken out in a rash around the waist and on the side. I have also been experiencing odd pains around the waist, gut, and groin. I researched allergies to sucralose today and found this site. I put down the Propel Zero today as it is the only thing I have been consistently ingesting and the rash has not subsided (but increased). Let’s see what happens…I post back in a day.

  207. Kathy on March 15th, 2011 4:39 pm

    I am diabetic and a Registered Nurse. I have been using Splenda daily for at least 6 years. At least 6 packets daily, diet pop and sugar free jello, puddings , ice cream etc.
    I have been worked up for MS and have been told I have fibromyalgia. I would tell people that I noticed the days I actually felt good which were very few as every day I have had aches and pains. More so, my legs have had numbness, aches etc. I was thinking this was the worsening effects of diabetes.
    About 3 weeks ago, for some reason, I decided to eliminate Splenda from my diet. It was not easy. But I did it. My aches and pains are 1/2 of what they were. My diarrhea on a daily basis of up to 6 loose stools a day are down to one or two. I have had very thinning hair – I am hoping it will get thicker. The only reason I went on this website was to confirm what I was thinking. Splenda was the cause. The best part ? I am sleeping through the night. Have not done that in a very long time. Maybe not everyone is sensitive to Splenda as noted in previous emails – however, there is a good chance alot are. My sister in law suffers from Migraines weekly – cooks with it, uses it in her coffee etc. Will be letting her know. I am grateful that I have found this out. So please do not criticize people with these side effects unless you have walked in our shoes. If it does not affect you that is wonderful. Good luck with that.

  208. Vinod on March 26th, 2011 7:41 pm

    Been using Splenda in limited qty approx 2tb twicw daily in tea with some preparations of sweet dishes once in a while for 4years now. I do get cramps in my toes but if I rememebr correct it was there even before I was diagnosd with Type II Diabetes. Wonder if this is due to continuous usage of Splenda

  209. Vinod on March 26th, 2011 7:47 pm

    Is stevia free of all ide effects?? Anyone to advise please, thank you.

  210. Shaun on April 8th, 2011 2:38 pm

    For those of you concerned with chlorine as a part of Sucrolose, Sucrolose does NOT break down. No available, or “FREE” chlorine is added to your system. There should be NO “chlorine” taste. Also, Sucrolose is not fat-soluble, so does not accumulate in fat. Even though there are people with allergies, and I’m glad people have found their particular sensitivity to Sucrolose out and have taken steps to remove it from their diet, I’m also astonished with how widespread fear-mongering is apart of the “natural” crowd. Remember, everyone has an angle…even those who sell you Stevia. Whats my point? Do your research before accepting something is good, or bad, based off a website.

  211. Frank on April 15th, 2011 6:44 am

    What a load of rubbish! The chlorine in Sucralose is bound to the molecule and cannot cause damage to the body, or give a ‘pool-like’ taste. And if you’re worried about chlorine – well, common table salt is over 60% chlorine. And any normal person, or even somebody on a low salt-diet, is going to be eating hundreds of times more salt than Sucralose.

    Oh, and I have a first-class degree in chemistry.

  212. Marilyn on April 20th, 2011 10:58 pm

    Um. Salt ionizes into sodium and chlorine in water…someone explain to me how this is different? It’s still chlorine right? You’re still ingesting it right?

  213. Carol on April 26th, 2011 1:19 pm

    I started having weaknes, weight issues and hair loss. It was attributed to thyroid. Then GERD. Then breathing problems and allergies. Then Celiac. Then Seizures. I was healthy up to a few years ago, and am trying to find out what happened.
    I saw a hint of about 6 issues that could be caused by sucralose. All these sites make suggestions of the evils of sucralose. Why can’t I find a list??
    I stopped artificial sweeteners over a year ago, but have not looked for hidden sweeteners in everyday products. This has not solved the problems.
    I am wondering if continued use of sucralose can create permanant damage? Can the damage be seen in MRIs? I need a list of side effects and another list of foods that are not labeled “sugar free” but still contain this and related products. Can anyone help?

  214. Dave on April 28th, 2011 6:19 pm

    Frank – perfect! Since the research was limited why don’t you consume large amounts of this sweetener daily for a year and come back with your first class degree in Chemistry and tell us how you feel?

    Here’s your chance to show the world there are no side effects. You can provide pictures and blood baselines “Now” and in a year “after”.

    Go get em Frank!

  215. PJ on May 4th, 2011 2:04 am

    2 months ago, I started a diet that eliminated all artificial sweetners as part of the program. Wants you to get used to food without excess sweetness. I wasn’t addicted, I just liked certain foods sweetened. Water and coffee I drink plain. Quit drinking diet soda when news came out that people get fatter over time drinking them.
    So to give the program a chance, I quit having my evening hot tea sweetened, cereal sprinkled, etc.

    I felt great, but thought it was the new diet only. It was so similar to every other diet except for the elimination of Splenda and salt.

    Amazingly, that it was the first diet that actually worked the way it should…I lost a good 6 pounds in a month. (All others I have tried, included artificially sweetened foods and drinks)

    Yesterday, I was re-focused to get back on track on my diet, but with a little of my favorite sweet treats included. I resumed Splenda as sweetner…so since last night, I have been dying from a bad stomach ache, feeling like it was going to explode. I thought it was something I ate for dinner and that by morning would pass.

    I had strawberries & splenda last night, a rare treat since the diet has allowed such snacks to be added and then I had a cup of hot tea, to sooth my tummy (added a little splenda)

    I stayed home from work for the first time EVER because of the severe bloating, gas and cramps. But it didn’t get better today. Now I can see why…

    Not thinking twice, this morning I added splenda to my greek yogart, as an afternoon snack I sprinkled on apple w/ cinnamon, then for dessert, I made ‘diet jello’…(yep, looks like it is sweetened with Splenda)
    24 hours later… My stomach is still grumbling and killing me and I took remedies over the counter that have always worked immediately… not this time.
    I decided to google to find out what foods could cause these painful symptoms and came across this site. Now I am wondering if some other issues that I have been dealing with (food allergies….severe) could be linked to when I discovered the wonderful yellow pour box. (3 years ago)
    Personally, I think your tolerances can change. I have overloaded in the past 24 hours after being clean for 6 weeks.
    Once your body has had enough, it lets you know. Thanks to all of you for sharing…this has been a big eye opener for me, and I thought it was the strawberries! Good thing I learned that I do enjoy unsweetened foods just as well. It’s more of a habit. This habit has just been broken.

  216. candi on May 4th, 2011 4:35 pm

    hi, everyone. i found out yesterday that i’ve been poisoning myself with splenda.

    for almost 2 months now, i’ve been plagued with bad anxiety attacks, heart palpatations, chills, sweating, sleeplessness, irritability, extreme anger (i’ve been lashing out at the people i love like crazy for no reason!), bouts of agoraphobia, ringing in my ears, tension all over, pain behind my eyes, tingling, numbness, dizziness… the list really goes on. i was starting to think there was something medically wrong with me. i was imagining all kinds of terrible, terrible things!

    so, in addition to eating “better”, i’ve started to drink more tea… about 2-3 cups a day & i always use 2 packets of splenda per cup! this monday, after having 1 cup of coffee with 2 packets, 2 cups of decaf tea with 2 packets each & 30 oz’s of a 33 oz. bottle of “fruit motions” (from stater bro’s), i came down with the worst case of anxiety, that included severe dry mouth & very, very soft stool (close to diarrhea!). after i started having really bad hot flashes, i told myself i had to get outside & go for a walk, that it would make me feel better. so i went walking for an hour, but i still couldn’t shake the anxiety! by the time i tried to sleep, i was literally tossing & turning for over an hour ’cause i was suffering from a lot of tension in my neck, shoulders & tingling at the base of my skull.

    the next morning at work, when i was entering food into my food log on myfitnesspal.com (i’d just made tea with my usual 2 packets of splenda), i got curious about my splenda usage… i realized i was using quite a bit per day! so that’s when i googled, “how many packets of splenda a day is too much?” & stumbled across a plethora of similar stories & blogs. after i read for about 15 minutes, i literally threw the tea i was drinking right into the trash.

    today, i’m looking up even more stories online & came across this site & felt compelled to post. it’s going to be nothing but honey (ocassionally) & stevia for me from now on! i’m warning everyone i can about how dangerous this stuff really is. it’s been 24 hours since i had any splenda & i’m already feeling better. i’m going to give it a full month though to see if all my conditions improve or go away completely!

    anytime you think splenda, just think: splenDON’T.

  217. Jeremy on May 13th, 2011 11:32 am

    This site, research and unfounded accusations are the creation of Spenda’s competitors. As their own story states – don’t believe everything you read!

  218. Chris on May 13th, 2011 11:44 am

    I just found another link listing the dangers of Stevia! Google ‘Dangers of Stevia’

    Turns out the side effects are pretty much identical to Splenda with an additional side effect that it MAY cause cancer in humans!

  219. Jeremy on May 14th, 2011 10:08 am

    This artical is written by Splendas competition! When you actualy compair the side effects of Splenda and Stevia, you will see that Stevia is the poor choice. Not only that Splenda actualy tastes good!

  220. Leroy on May 28th, 2011 10:02 am

    I am just 10 pounds overweight or so and I’m not diabetic. I like sugar. I like stevia and I like Splenda. I like stevia in my tea, but it’s absolutely gross in hot chocolate. I lower the amount to half a scoop and it’s still gross and bitter. Splenda is great in hot chocolate. I find that using one packet is too sweet for me though. I do not have constant cravings for sweet things and I use Splenda every once in awhile and I have not noticed any side effects except the smile on my face from pure enjoyment of sugar-free hot chocolate. I go to Starbucks and ask for unsweetened iced tea and then I add stevia to it (powdered or liquid). The organic version from Trader Joe’s has a powdered sugar after-taste which I like. I really have no complaint here. I’ve been on a low carb diet and I’ve lost 21 pounds and when I have a craving for something sweet (which is rare), I use these sweeteners and I think they are great! I just wanted to let all of you know that there are people out there who can use both products and get a great benefit out of it.

  221. linda on June 1st, 2011 5:34 pm

    To many of you who complain of cramps and diarrhea when using sugar free products with Splenda. Check the label. Does the product also use maltitol? Maltitol definetly causes bloating, cramps and diarrhea. It’s effects are a nightmare. It may not be the Splenda.

  222. Turi on June 15th, 2011 5:23 pm

    I have been suffering from severe headaches, nausea, numbnes, bloating and sometimes start crying for no no reason. I have been 4 doctors including an Optician. On Friday I have an appointment with a Neurologist.

    My work mate and I were having lunch 2 days ago and after lunch I decided to have a cup of tea and reached out for the Splenda. She immediate reached out and told me NEVER to use splenda and might be the reason I am soooooooooooo dizzy. It has been 2 day and I have not been dizzy but am still bloated and a little weak…Thanks everyone who commented because you might have saved my life!

  223. OUCH! on June 17th, 2011 8:26 pm

    Because I recently began using Splenda (brand name, just because I TRY to be careful) and at the same time have had a sudden insurgence of non-stop headaches, I looked into it today. Finally, it seems I have my answer. So, I’ll stop using for a few weeks and see if that IS what’s been creating these headaches.
    I’m already sensitized to most food additives, scents etc., so am well aware of being the freak show of “if there’s a side effect.. I’ll have it”.
    Thanks for letting me know I’m NOT completely off my rocker to suspect this!

  224. margaret on June 19th, 2011 3:43 pm

    Wow,I can’t believe how many people have problems with Splenda! I have been looking up symptoms that have been accumulating for several years now, without explanation: Ringing in the ears, cramping in my feet, legs, arms, and hands. Muscle weakness, tingling and numbness in my feet and legs, and most recently in my hands,and arms. I have also started to feel some shaking in my arms and hands. I have a feeling of being “out of balance”, like being in a fog. Sometimes I have this tingly/numb sensation around my mouth and the perimeter of my face. I often experience constipation even though I eat a well balanced diet, I stay away from processed foods, and rarely eat simple carbs. After countless visits to the doctor, and many, many, lab tests, I still do not know what is causing this. My symptoms could be anything from vitamin deficiency to tetanus, to ms, etc. I can’t fix the problem if I don’t know what is causing it. I’m extremely frustrated, I need answers! I use Splenda daily in my coffee 6-8 packets. It’s also in many of the low-fat/non-fat foods I eat because I thought it was a healthy alternative. I’m going cold turkey starting tomorrow to see if Splenda is the cause of my health problems. I will post my findings in a week.

  225. margaret on June 26th, 2011 3:10 pm

    It’s been a week and I honestly can’t say that I feel any different than I did before. Clearly my symptoms are caused by something else. I’ll continue my search. Good luck to all.

  226. Jilli on June 27th, 2011 7:01 am

    Being a Type II diabetic, using artificial sweetners is a requirement. So far, Splenda (which I only use about 10 packs a day, max) is my sweetner of choice. I’ve had NO side effects and it has kept my blood sugar in check.

    I’ve yet to find a Stevia product that was comparably priced that didn’t badly taint the flavor of my food/drink. But I keep looking!

  227. SUPERSTARMAUI.COM on June 29th, 2011 5:32 pm

    I have been eating Splenda in HUGE quantities. I mix it with powder vitamin C and with powder chocolate. However, lately I have been inexplicably tired.
    I sometimes don’t get up till noon. I really, really like Splenda. It helps me drink lots of liquids. I am a vegetarian and I eat plenty of protein, lots of vitamins and flax and whole grains, mixed vegetables etc…

    I have never had a drink of alcohol, any drugs cigarettes or addictions. However, lately I have been feeling almost like an addiction to Splenda.
    If I don’t put Splenda in my drinks, I don’t drink as much water that day.

    I am considering reducing my Splenda intake considerably.

    MAUI
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  228. Ashley on July 5th, 2011 10:23 am

    im doing a research project on the effects splenda has on the body. so far this website and artical as provided me with lots of info. i choose the splenda topic because im mother ingests the packets daily. i refuse to eat/drink it because i always thought it tasted funny. in the past year ive tried to tell my mom that consuming all the splenda she does probably isnt good for her. she has a hard time getting to sleep at night and all the splenda she drinks might be the reason. its hard to try and convinve her of all the potential dangers. perhaps when i am finished with my research project, i will sit down and have another talk with her on the subject. thanks again.

  229. Rose on July 7th, 2011 11:19 pm

    I use Splenda. I have no problem with it. Stevia tastes horrible. I’d rather do without any sweetener than use it. But, to each his own.

  230. Allen Chance on July 9th, 2011 8:43 am

    I had a friend give me a bag of splenda to try. I used it in my iced tea with very bad results. I have had diabetes for 37 years and have never had a reaction that I had last night. At 3 am I started having leg cramps in the left leg, it waS THE WORST that I have ever had. They lasted for over 2 hours. I was lucky enough to have leg cramp meds with Quinine. It usually takes 1 tablet to relieve the cramps, this time it took 4. This was an excessive amount to take at one time. I also had to take 2 potassium tablets. I would not recommend using this product to anyone.

  231. BriannaB on July 19th, 2011 2:13 pm

    My question is this – did anyone else find that while using Splenda, the freedom to consume anything you wanted, cause you to eat more of sweetened foods because of it?

    When I moved away from home for University. I was on a No Sugar diet, and no caffeine. It killed me! I was very stern about it though. I only ate one or two things a week, sometimes multiple weeks, with sugar. It really was about having a treat.

    Same with coffee. One cup every week, instead of the usual – 4 cups a day I had been on. But, when I moved back home, and had the opportunity to eat all the sugary goodness I wanted, I was right back in the belly of the beast. I felt terrible, shakes, swollen stomach, feeling really ill. It was all because I had suddenly started eating a LOT of those things. Also, it wasn’t only the sugar that made me sick. It was the fact that I was eating fatty pastries, fatty icing, acidic foods too!

    For those of you with bloating, and just feeling restless, its still a shock to your body to have so much sweet in it! Everything in moderation. Which is something we’ve forgotten about in our ‘you deserve it!’ marketed world. We want what we want, because we deserve it, not because we want to treat ourselves. Maybe, for some people ( I know for me) its part of the problem?

  232. Selena on July 23rd, 2011 11:50 pm

    Bloating, bladder pain (feels like uti), and just recently itching skin and pain in head: I used to eat a little splenda here and there with no noticible issues. But recently ive been drinking lemonade made with splenda and have noticed all of these problems. I would have told anyone and I have in fact that splenda should be okay because it is inert unlike aspartame etc., but I found that some of it is absorbed. I am a doctorate student in nutrition and I am freinds with a food science professor who is aware of chlorine being released during the heating of splenda/sucralose and the chlorine is collected in a hood – of course this was not desirable or expected but he mentioned that this is not information that would be good to get out. I didn’t think splenda was a problem but with these symptoms I am sure that I personally must avoid splenda.

  233. Liz on August 3rd, 2011 5:38 pm

    I’m completelt allergic to Sucralose(Splenda) My mouth gets cuts, ulcers and blisters when I consume it. My tongue also gets slightly swollen. I drank coffee with Sugar Free Coffee mate for years and had these problems on and off. Since stopping the Splenda, I have had no problems. It’s also in sugar-free gum too, so beware when buying!! Sucralose is Splenda!

  234. Chris on September 5th, 2011 3:48 pm

    I’ve been on the Ideal Protein Diet since April.The products have sucralose in nearly every food.I have also been using/eatingmany products containing sucralose such as Walden Farms, sugar free gum and Altoids as well as adding lots of Splenda to coffee and drinking sugar free lattes at Starbucks. I have had bouts of dizziness for years with no apparent reason,( no high BP, not on meds)and now for the past 3 weeks have had an intense burning itchy rash that is almost invisible on my lower legs and arms.I am sure it is due to the sucralose as nothing else is new/different in my life. I have been off sucralose for one week now and overall the rash is better, less on the legs but now worse on the arms.Frankly, it’s driving me nuts. I guess after years of ingesting this stuff it’s going to take awhile to clear.Also, check your vitamins and liquid supplements! The liquid Co-Q10 I buy at Costco has sucralose in it! Anyone else experiencing similar rash symptoms? Any advice/ comments much appreciated.

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  236. Austin on September 27th, 2011 4:07 pm

    It contains chlorine: THIS IS NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF!!! Does anyone know the chemical formula for salt? NaCl or Sodium plus a CHLORINE molecule, are we going to start not eating any salt, NO. The extra chlorine molecules are bonded to the other molecules so it can’t be removed unless a chemical process removes them. The person that said they had a pool taste was obviously experiencing mind over matter. Ever notice you are getting information on Splenda from a Stevia website? That is like asking a terrorist if terrorism is OK.I am unsure of the reliability of this but according to this MSNBC article Stevia was linked to “infertility in rats and cancer in the lab” (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30195885/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/new-sweetener-not-so-sweet-your-diet/) The article also explains that their ‘natural’ claim is under attack because it goes through a purification process that alters Stevia chemically.
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  237. JaisinLanka on September 28th, 2011 7:19 am

    I’m a nurse and nutritional advocate with my patients. I was also a former splenda user for nearly 2 years. In which time I developed severe inflammation, panic attacks, chronic pain and bloating. I worked exclusively with HIV/AIDS patients for several years and during a meeting with fellow medical professionals; we were encouraged to get all of our patients OFF SPLENDA. After several independent studies shown that Splenda reduces the effective absorption of HIV medications and were causing lower than normal immune systems and excessive weight gain with our patients. I immediately switched to STEVIA and lost 10 pounds in 2 months and ALL of my panic attacks, pain and stomach bloating disappeared. Believe me folks some of the best medical research is done on HIV patients. If something is found harmful to them is is harmful for healthy people as well.

  238. Sue on October 19th, 2011 5:04 pm

    I have yet to figure out what is wrong with me. The doctors have run tests and find nothing. So, they said fibromyalgia. I can barely walk in the morning when I get up. The bottoms of me feet hurt all the time. My right arm is difficult to use and sometimes doesn’t work. Funny thing is I don’t have the normal pain “areas” of fibromyalgia. I have been a very big user (6-8 packets a day) of splenda for 4 years now. I am going to take this advice and report back in 8 weeks. I am very hopefull. Thanks to all for the advice!

  239. PamelaD on November 27th, 2011 7:48 pm

    Well, this is a pretty transparet attempt by the mkaers of Stevia to discredit Splenda. We have used Splenda for years, no problem at all. Tried Stevia just recently – it was the most revolting chemical fake sweetener we have ever dried – threw the rest out it made us so sick . So we will be staying with Splenda, thanks.

  240. M. Shelton on December 11th, 2011 5:37 pm

    I bought 15 Lb. equivalant of Splenda from EBay before it was in the stores here.

    Used it for baking…didn’t bake for a while and when I took the pack down from the cabinet, opened the box, and it was full of ants…DEAD ANTS!!!

    Rigfht then and there I took them away from the cooking cabinet and put them in the garage with the bug killers….just sprinkle some of it from the middle out of a red ant hill and they are gone!! I still buy a pack for red ants every year but not for me!!

  241. LNG on December 19th, 2011 3:13 pm

    I am so allergic to STEVIA! When I accidently get a little (I mean an extremely small sprinkle) into my system- I get immediate diarrhea & dizzyness. I get the feeling it is thinning my blood. The worst part is trying to tell some of my friends that are into this Stevia hype that I cannot have it, they give me the schpeil that NO ONE can EVER be allergic to it, because it’s natural. They are full of BS, be careful, I am no tthe only one extremely allergic to stevia- some people can’t breath after they have it. Just google stevia allergy…

  242. Sam on December 22nd, 2011 10:40 am

    I started using Splenda 10 years ago. I switched from Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), because it was used in most diet sodas and I built up an intolerance to it. My symptoms were the same as taking a laxative.
    Currently after a blood test, my platelet count was extremely low (73). Normal is 150 to 400.
    I can’t say for sure if it is the Splenda, however over the next 3 months, I will run my own experiment by not using Splenda at all. When I go for my 3 month check up and blood test, I should know for sure if Splenda played any part in my low Platelet count.

  243. Richard on May 28th, 2012 2:32 pm

    I’m your long term study. I consumed sucralose (Splenda) for 10 years before I figured out it was poisoning me. The product was a fruit flavored drink by Nestle. It caused a bunch of neurological symptoms, none of which were fun. Like Vicki, I had a “OMG” moment when I finally figured it out in 2007. I also believe that a contributing factor was that I stored the product for a few weeks before drinking it. Although there’s no expiration date on the product, it does expire (the bottles start to shrivel up). Anyway, the heavy effects faded in a few weeks; it took a year to be completely free of all symptoms. Of the many symptoms, some might be considered subjective (such as memory impairment), but here are 3 that are distinct and measurable:
    1) Vision problems; a complete black spot in the middle of the field of vision, filled with colors, in both eyes, for hours at a time.
    2) Psychological problems; it turns regular mood swings into clinical depression.
    3) Seizures (at extreme doses). These last a few seconds and are triggered by large muscle activation (e.g. getting up out of a chair).

  244. Julie on July 2nd, 2012 10:40 pm

    I, like so many others in the posts have been using the wonder sugar substitute, Splenda for a little over a year. I didn’t connect the dots till today. I have been having leg and foot cramps, bad enough to wake me three to four times a night for 10 months, I blamed it on the running. I have had terrible itching…I thought it was anxiety, I have had horrible stomach aches and gas, blamed that on the chocolate coating on the protein bars. My hair is falling out…so much so that I have chosen to wear a wig so I am not humiliated by by scalp showing, and I blamed that on ageing, and heredity ARGGGGG…this stuff is clearly poison! I am embarrassed that it had to get to this before I was able to figure it out. I hope that my poor body can recover from the damage this wonder substitute has caused me!

  245. Linda Walker on January 16th, 2013 1:32 pm

    About three years ago I joined Weight Watcher’s, and started using Splenda as a way to cut down on sugar. I lost 30lbs., which I was happy about. But, I started noticing that my scalp was itchy and I was starting to lose my hair. At times I felt like my brain was foggy, and I couldn’t concentrate. I’m a wedding planner, and knew I needed to figure out what was wrong before wedding season began. I asked my doctor if my thyroid medicine was doing this, and since I had already been on it for three years without problems the answer was no. So, I started thinking about what I’d been doing differently the last 6 months. Splenda was one of them. So I researched splenda and hair loss, and was SHOCKED!! Two weeks after getting off of splenda, I was like a new woman. Thank God!!! There needs to be more warnings about this chemically engineered product. I tell everyone I know about the side affects.

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