Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Diarrhea

I plan to throw out the entire box...
It IS the sucralose making me ill...
We recently changed our way of eating...
I know I feel better now, and I know how I was feeling then...
Splenda was like a kick in the stomach...
What a terrible mistake!...
What can only be termed as explosive bowels...
It sounded like my gall bladder...
They should put this warning on the box!!
I feel that I was misled...
Little did I know I was slowly poisoning my body...
It was made from sugar, so I thought...
He did many blood tests...
My body was just going crazy!
I've been sick for almost a year and a half...
Tell that to my suffering abdominal tract!
I am outraged...
These symptoms disrupt my everyday life...
Severe diarrhea for four years...
I'm through with it.
Great pain, cramps, constipation, and diarrhea...
That whole Splenda experience was very unfortunate...
I will have terrible gas and diarrhea...
The diarrhea keeps appearing daily...
Sucralose is not for me...
I have had the worst diarrhea since...
I had 3 fudgsicles that contained Splenda...
I have been drinking Diet-Ride sodas...
I saw an advertisement for Pop Secret microwave kettle corn...
I was feeling worse every day...
I got an acne-like rash on my neck and forehead...
I ingested Dreyers sugarfree ice cream...
I thought I was going to pass out the pain was so intense...
I had been enjoying Crystal Light candies...
I felt kind of like I was spaced-out...
I was eating Blue Bunny ice cream with Splenda in it...
I treated with some sugarfree Kroger brand ice cream...
I bought a bag of Carbolite jellybeans...
I was an emotional wreck...
I was having severe stomach problems...
I had diarrhea all night long...
I did not read the label--Bad Mommy...
Too dizzy and lightheaded to drive...
With Splenda you certainly do not need a laxative...
Splenda has caused me to pass gas so loud...
I started getting diarrhea...
The one I use most is Diet Rite soda...
I was close to panic...
It is just awful...
Daily diarrhea...
Nausea, cramps, and diarrhea...
My teenage son ate 15 packs of Splenda...

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too have become sick while eating products containing Splenda. I kept a food diary and the common thread to all the episodes was Splenda. Every time I ate a product containing Splenda, I got severe gas, bloating, and diarrhea. I will not use any products containing Splenda, nor will I buy them for my family. I will stick with plain old sugar and eat in moderation.

Anonymous said...

I believe I have diarrhea and major stomach cramps due to Splenda. I recently bought ice cream with Splenda. It seems to be a pattern, once I eat the ice cream, several hours later I have terrible diarrhea and stomach cramps. I will not eat anything more with Splenda in it. If my diarrhea does not return, I will know for sure it was the Splenda.

Anonymous said...

I had trouble with sugar-free candy and diet drinks sweetened with splenda; major gas and diarrhea. Don't have any problems with nutrasweet or sweet-and-low, just splenda.

Anonymous said...

I tried some oatmeal today that was sweetened with sucralose/splenda and have been sick all afternoon with horrible diarrhea, cramps, gas, and all the lovely stuff that comes with. I'm steering clear away from this stuff. It's of the devil, I swear. >:O

Anonymous said...

Ate one 1.12 oz package of sugarfree mentos with Splenda at 6:30 p.m. last night. Thirty minutes later I was walking tightly to the rest room, and was there off and on until 9 a.m. this morning---no quality sleep for me. Honestly I was afraid of messing up my clean sheets. I know it was Splenda that gave me this uncontrollable leaky diarrhea, because a few months ago, I bought a bag of Splenda-sweetened Pecan Turtles that said something like 'more than the recommended serving size could produce a laxative effect', and when I ate three of the Turtles---the warning came true. I am such an idiot. No more Splenda for me.

Anonymous said...

I've been sick for 2 months with diarrhea and nausea and migraines since starting to eat Splenda. After reading numerous websites about other's complaints with the same symptoms, I finally stopped using it. I've missed numerous days of work, being too weak to get out of bed. I've spent lots of time and money with doctors visits and testing, and no one knew what was wrong. The doctors said I had all the symptoms of someone who had been out of the country and picked up a parasite (which I did not).

Anonymous said...

I had an exact same reaction as 'Blogger - 4:52' - I am a body builder and so have a clean and strict diet - but I do like my oatmeal sweetened!! I had recently changed artificial sweetner (2 days previous!) - and boom - extremely violent diarrhea with some cramps, smelly frequent gas and headaches! That stuff is now binned! I'm touching nothing artificial again!

Anonymous said...

I am starting an experiment for honors english that will partake for a week. It is similar to the expeirment that was done in supersize me. I will drink only splenda based drinks for a week straight. This I know is dangerous, espeically with me being an athlete. My boyfriend is also going to partake in this experiment. He says he thinks it has given him diarrhea in the past. I am going to post my results once the paper is written for this class. Thank you for you help in gathering information for this project. Reading over these articles really helps!

Anonymous said...

I know in the case of the sugar free mentos, Dont eat them... it's not the splenda that will get you its the MANNITOL! These mentos taste great, and for someone whos dieting its a great snack, however, you will not be able to stand straight up if u eat too many.

Anonymous said...

I've had horrible episodes caused by Splenda in the past, so I know I have to stay away from it. Yesterday, by mistake, I ate a power bar containing splenda. A few hours later I had the stomach cramps, diarreah, dizzines, gas, bloating... I Will never make that mistake again.

Anonymous said...

I have recently begun using splenda more and more in my diet, and have found the results to be most displeasing. I started by replacing the sugar for my breakfast cereal with Splenda. I noticed an increase in Gas but somewhat dismissed it. Over the past few weeks I began purchasing more products made with Splenda, specifically popsicles and canned Fruit. I had some minor symptoms of diarrhea after eating the popsicles, over a several week period. My concerns were increased but still I was not going to give up. My last straw with Splenda was when I ate a can of fruit and cottage cheese. This fruit was canned in syrup made with Splenda instead of sugar. About 4-5 hours after eating this I had some very unpleasent trips to the restroom. I can honestly say I feel borderline sick from this and have severe cramps. It's not so bad that I feel the need for medical attention but I think it is time for me to end this trend. I am convinced my problems are sucralouse related, and am removing this from my diet. I guess the idea of a harmless, calorie free sugar replacement is too good to be true.

queen said...

I started my use of Splenda in January 2004. It has caused me major problems emotionally and physically. The first symptom I noticed is that I couldn't put a concise sentence or thought together. I just thought I was not getting enough sleep. So I adjusted my sleep schedule and all that. I lost quite a few pounds over the next 6 months or so, but my depression (previously diagnosed) that had been fine with medication worsened. I changed medication, and some of symptoms went away. Then my short term memory got worse. I couldn't remeber my student's names, what was planned for the afternoon etc. My thoughts of suicide increased, what if scenarios all ended with a tragedy. I didn't want to leave the house or my room, I couldn't sleep or stay awake during the day.
I only realized about July of 2006, that it was the Splenda by that time I had quit teaching, had no energy or will to do anything. I have now noticed if I even chew a piece of gum with sucralose in my symptoms return for about three days. I really wish this could be taken off the market. It is really dangerous.

Anonymous said...

This evening I made a baked dish containing lowfat sour cream. Thirty to 45 minutes later I was on an evening walk when I experienced servere, uncontrolable diarreha. I remembered that I had had a similar expeience sixteen years ago after eating candy sweetened with Spelnda. I wondered if the lowfat sour cream could have contained something similar to Splenda, so I checked the label. I found that that it contained maltodextrin, a primary ingredient of Splenda.

Anonymous said...

Splenda wasn't on the market 16 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I am 34 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed at 30 weeks with gestational diabetes. About 2 weeks ago I started eating yogurt made with Splenda (one of the few artifical sweetners approved for pregnancy) and also began adding it to my tea. After about a week I began having terrible gas pains which I just attributed to pregnancy. Ultimately I began having terrible diarrhea in the evenings, culminating in 2 full days of not being able to keep any food or liquid in my system. I thought I had the flu. Once it went away and I was finally able to resume a normal diet, I began eating the yogurt again and adding Splenda to my tea. Yesterday I drank half a bottom of Aquafina flavored water made with Splenda. I was up the entire night with stomach cramps, gas and horrible diarrhea. FINALLY I made the connection this morning to the Splenda. No more. It's obviously toxic.

Anonymous said...

I recently bought Pepsi while trying to loose a little weight. Well, I have had the worst stomach cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhea since day one of drinking this. I can't believe this can cause so many painful problems. It should be taken off the shelves as soon as possible!

Sue in Illinois said...

I tried a powdered hot chocolate drink last night w/ sucralose. Approx 6 hours later, from a deep sleep I made a mad dash for the toilet. The prior comment about exploding bowels is so true - along with the cols=d sweats, dizziness, and blacking out. When I passed out and hit the floor - it woke my husband -- the first time in 26 years of marriage he has come into the "facility" while I'm in residence. This episode really scared us! I am sure it was the sucralose -- it was the only variant in last night's diet. This morning I am still out of it -- with a dizzy head, aching stomach and bottom. This product should be ripped from the shelves! It's absolutely criminal to market sucralose.
Sue in Illinois

Mark Yannone said...

Sue,

For the benefit of other readers, please identify that product. We know that we should avoid all Splenda and sucralose products, but it helps to keep the product names in mind.

Anonymous said...

Every morning I have a cup of coffee with one or two Splendas at work. About four or five months ago I started having stomach cramps, bloating, and alternating constipation and diarrhea about 15-30 minutes after eating lunch. At first I contributed to food since I had just changed my diet (for the better). But these pains were happening more often and were increasing in severity. One week the office ran out of splenda so I substitited the splenda with Equal or sugar. During that week there were no stomach issues after eating. I had never felt better. However, when the Splenda finally arrived I went back to using it. Right now I am in bed recovering from what feels like food poisoning. Same symptoms as before but so much worse. Even though the worse has passed, I still feel the residual cramping. After googling Splenda side effects, I am officially done with Splenda. I'd rather get fat off of sugar than to experience this ever again.

Anonymous said...

Awhile ago, I was visiting my boyfriend and I had some coffee with splenda and sugarfree candy. A few hours later, my stomach started to feel hard and really bloated. I also noticed I was retaining water. About 8 hours later, my stomach(I'm really thin) looked like I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I could hear water swooshing in my stomach. I felt so horrible. Later that night, I suddenly had horrible diarrhea. Not to be too graphic, but I was eventually expelling clear water. It was the scariest thing I have ever felt my body do. It last about a day after that. Splenda is dangerous.

Anonymous said...

I recently tried Splenda in a soda sweetened with it. Then started using it in my coffee. It happened to coincide with my having a routine colonoscopy which required the usual "cleansing" prep. It seemed like the diarrhea after the prep never got better, in fact, was getting worse. When I recently changed jobs and stopped using Spenda in my coffee, low and behold the diarrhea stopped. I had 2 bottles of diet pop left which I drank over the course of a day, and sure enough, the diarrhea was back. Not just mild, but explosive. I have not touched Splenda since, and have not had any reoccurance. Glad I figured this one out.

KB said...

I had tried some chocolates that were artificially sweetened about a year ago and got bloating, gas, diarrhea and a severe acne breakout. I waited a couple of weeks and ate two more of the chocolates and experienced the same symptoms so threw the rest out not really knowing which ingredient caused the reaction. A week ago I ate a south beach diet bar with sucralose and experienced the same symptoms so I decided to go back to the grocery store where I bought the chocolates and check ingredients. Sure enough, they contained sucralose. It has become obvious with all of the prescription drug scandals lately that the FDA only has corporate interests at heart. This junk is in our food, our medicine… No wonder so many other countries are banning U.S. food products.

KB
Stockton, CA
02/13/08

Anonymous said...

I've been having splenda with my soothies at the gym and the 1st time I got the gas, cramps and water like diarrea I had the smoothie but thought that the cause was from something else I ate that morning. The 2nd time I had a smoothie with splenda I had an emty stomach and the same horrible symtoms. I AM SURE SPLENDA IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THIS! I will never have a splenda in anything I consume! my advice to anyone searching the internet for help with these horrible symtoms is to take mouthfulls of water every few mins. to keep hydrated. The loss of water is what you should be conserned about when getting this extreme water like diarrhea. THERE MUST BE SOMETHING DONE!

Anonymous said...

I started feeling weak with diarrhea and a sore throat a little over a month ago. I had no other viral symptoms but I felt feverish so I suspected strep throat. When the test was negative, they told me to go home and suck on a losenge. After a week I got a full blown cold so I assumed it was a virus after all. The weakness was so profound I had trouble getting to the bathroom, even when the diarrhea was explosive.

After three weeks of diarrhea and being unable to get up from the couch to work or take care of my daughter, I contacted my doctor and asked at what point I should seek further medical care. She had me come in and because my heart rate was so high and my blood pressure was low, she determined I was dehydrated from the diarrhea and gave me a liter and a half of IV fluids. She also prescribed an antibiotic because even if I didn't have a bacterial infection she said I was so depleted I was set up for a superinfection. She also had me start Immodium to control the diarrhea to prevent further dehydration.

The IV fluids helped and I felt better for a day and a half. But the diarrhea always returned between Immodium doses, so I began feeling weak again. By the end of the 4th week, I was back for more IV fluids. This time my doctor ran some bloodwork but said everything looked okay (potassium, electrolytes, etc.) She also ordered a stool culture. That came back negative for bacterial infection so that's how my doctor left it: good news, it's negative.

So I said I can't live like this--could it be something else, like parasites or gastro intestinal problem? She ordered more labs and a consult with a specialist, but she suggested I cut out lactose or sorbitol to see if that helps. I've already cut out milk products for other reasons so I knew that wasn't it and I read labels because of hypoglycemia so I knew I hadn't been consuming sorbitol. But her suggestion triggered my connection!

I started a diet (Weight Watchers) about the same time the diarrhea and weakness started. Weight Watchers wasn't the problem per se because it doesn't advocate Splenda specifically. I'd avoided Splenda in the past but I started drinking Hanson's diet sodas with Splenda as a 'treat' when I started the diet. (I can't drink aspartame because I have a terrible reaction to it--it's evil, so I went looking for a non-aspartame, sugar-free alternative.)

Anyway, after my doctor's comment, I did a quick search on Splenda and diarrhea and found this site, as well as lots of other references to Splenda problems. Now I also know why my husband, who started the diet with me, has been having terrible dizzy spells, when I've never known anyone as healthy as him. He's been consuming some Splenda too.

NO MORE SPLENDA!! I can't believe all the time and money I've wasted on this. In addition to not being able to work for a month and having all that loss of income, I had all the co-pays for the doctor visits and labs and prescriptions, and of course the Immodium.

But the worst injustice of all is that for an entire month during the middle of summer I could only park my poor little 4-yr-old daughter in front of the TV and say no whenever she asked me to play with her or take her outside. It broke my heart and caused huge anxiety as I watched this normally sweet, independent but fairly cooperative little girl degenerate into a whiny, willful terror from TV overload.

I will definitely be filing an FDA incident report. I wish someone would organize a class-action lawsuit (I don't have the strength to pursue it currently), not just to compensate everyone who's been damaged financially and emotionally by this, but more importantly, to bring attention to this problem and get this stuff off the market!

Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories. You've helped bring an end to my suffering.

Anonymous said...

Another suffered of gas and diarrhea here. Ate a Protein bar as a snack one afternoon. Within an hour, had gas, and that was followed by diarrhea for the next 24 hours. Had not introduced anything else into my diet. Similar effects when I tried Propel fitness water. I can tell very quickly when I've ingested Splenda/Sucralose.

Anonymous said...

Add me to the group! Tonight I microwaved some Orville Redenbacher "Kettle Korn" popcorn. I had no idea it would have an artificial sweetener in it until I started eating it. The chemical-y taste of the sweetener was disturbing, plus I didn't know (because I didn't scrutinize the label carefully) that this popcorn was going to taste sweet. So I only ate 1/4 of a mini-bag (100 cal), if that much. I looked at the label and was dismayed to see sucralose listed. I had a really bad experience with diet candies that had sucralose as well as sugar alcohols, and I always wondered if the sucralose caused me a problem, definitely the sugar alcohols did. Well, now I know. Sucralose DOES cause me problems. Gas, major amounts, after eating just 1/4 of a mini-bag. That's bad! I can't imagine how distressed I'd be if I'd eaten the entire bag, or if I'd eaten a full-sized bag! I'm going to submit an adverse event report to the FDA.

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Anonymous said...

Amazing to read what everyone is saying about the diarrhea. This is a "me too". I have used products with sweeteners (diet soda, diet jello, diet puddings) for many years with no problems, but for about the last year I've had severe diarrhea at least 3-4 days a week, till finally I saw a doctor. He suggested allergies to sweeteners, I didn't believe him, and was scheduled for a colonoscopy to see what might be the problem. A month or so ago I stopped using all artificially sweetened products to see, and the diarrhea cleared up in a day or two. I've gone a whole month with just one 2-day period with some fairly mild diarrhea. Yesterday I used a packet of Splenda, just to see if I could handle it, and today I've had severe, miserable diarrhea all day long! I called to cancel the colonoscopy, and am going to just have to go back to using sugar in moderation. It seems pretty clear that for some of us, Splenda is not tolerated.

Anonymous said...

I bought some Shaws oven roasted Rotisserie chicken the other day. I had some while at school and my stomach growled all day and I kept wondering what the heck was in that chicken.. I thought it was a monster. The bathroom became my friend that day. I read the ingredients on the rotisserie chicken chicken container and it contained splenda. Never again...

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled to find out that the diarrhea that I've been experiencing for the past six months or so is from Splenda, or more specifically the sucralose it contains. I feel so stupid for not reading the ingredients list as I have had problems with sucralose over the years and didn't realize that Splenda contained it. I am a diabetic who will have to find an alternative sweetner. I cannot use Equal as it causes me to experience joint pain. I went away for a long weekend about a month ago, didn't use Splenda as it wasn't available and didn't have diarrhea the whole time. When I got home I thought that maybe the problem was caused by a change in water so I started using bottled water which didn't help. Does anybody know if Stevia contains sucralose? Thanks for all of your stories...they were a huge help!

Mark Yannone said...

No, stevia does not contain sucralose.

Anonymous said...

Just one time taking a product containing Splenda was enough to get a very bad diarrhea. I am wondering why producers play with people's lives.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap...literally. I had about a 1/2 cup of sugar free orange sherbert made with splenda. Now I normally have a sensitive stomach and really pay attention to what I eat. But this was ridiculous. After my 5th trip to the bathroom in 2 hours, I looked at the sherbert container.... a warning read "may cause a laxative effect" ARE YOU SERIOUS?! I've actually been using splenda for quite some time in my coffee and in other sugar-free products. I don't recall having these problems, but after this, I'm pretty sure I'll be avoiding Splenda as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

I have been on no flour no sugar for 3 months now. I like my treats and have found some great substitutes. A lot contain Splenda. Today I had 2 packages of tootsie roll type candies from the Dollar Tree store. Oh my gosh. Within 2 hours: gurgling stomach and sudden trips to the bathroom with diarrhea and terrible gas. Would figure the flu, but really no other symptoms. Here I am 6 hours after eating the candy and gurgling and sudden bathroom stops continue. I would like to repeat to be sure it is the candy, but, you know, I take that back. I will really be watching. I don't understand why it has such an effect in some Splenda Products and not all.