Friday, June 08, 2007

The long list of symptoms

Consumers of Splenda and sucralose have reported the following symptoms, individually and in combinations. Scroll down or click on a symptom to read the related stories.

Abdominal pain, cramping
Acne
Anger
Bleeding readily without clotting
Blistered, swollen lips; burning tongue, inflamed mouth
Bloating
Blood in urine
Chest pains
Constipation
Constricted airway
Depression, anxiety, panic, thoughts of suicide or death, agoraphobia, feelings of hopelessness, feeling alone
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Dry mouth and sinuses
Elevated liver enzyme levels
Eyes crossed or unfocused
Fatigue, lethargy, weakness, loss of fine motor control
Gas
Hair loss
Headache
Heartburn, indigestion
Heart palpitations, accelerated heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation
Hot and cold flashes
Irritability or nervousness
Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
Leg, foot pain
Memory loss (short-term)
Menstrual spotting, menstrual delay, missed period
Metallic taste
Migraines (severe headaches), stabbing head pain
Mood swings
Nausea, vomiting
Night sweats
Numbness of the limbs
Numbness of the tongue or gums
PMS
Rash, itchiness
Seizures
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to sound
Shaking
Shortness of breath
Sleeplessness, restlessness
Spaced-out, unfocused, light-headed, or drugged sensation; difficulty verbalizing ideas, confusion
Sugar craving
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Upset stomach, burping
Weight gain

72 comments:

Anonymous said...

In 2004, I was very ill for many months with constant diarrhea. My doctors and the medications they prescribed offered no relief. When I read about negative side effects to Splenda (sucralose), I immediately stopped using this product. Within a couple of days, my diarrhea completely disappeared. I have tried to consume food made with Splenda a couple times since then and both times, the diarrhea started up again. Hence, I have no doubt whatsoever that Splenda has a bad effect on my health.

Anonymous said...

I used 2 or 3 packs of Splenda daily for several months. My husband was concerned that Splenda may have had something to do with a 10 month depression I went through, so I stopped using Slenda. I didn't use it for approximately 1 month.

About a week ago I wanted to do really good on my new diet, so I started using Splenda again. I noticed that I have really bad gas again. ( I thought it was just that I was premenapause ) I also began to have vivid dreams every night. Some very distrubing, some just strange. But It's clear that the gas and vivid dreams to are caused by Splenda. I'm still not 100% sure about Splenda contributing to drepression, but it is possible. So I'm off Slenda for good now.

Anonymous said...

Although your blog shows numerous "potential" side effects from splenda (sucralose), many, if not all can be attributed to stress and diet in general... The mental factor also waits heavily. I would recommend that you stop publishing misleading information and unconfirmed rumors, as proof of the "evils" of splenda, and fund a multiyear study of the potential effects of consuming sucralose at a normal consumption level..

Mark Yannone said...

You are free to speculate as you wish about the causes of the reported symptoms, but we prefer to avoid speculation altogether. We are merely reporting the first-hand findings of consumers, using their own words. We don't publish rumors or misinformation. We make no comments, we make no recommendations, and we have no obligation to conduct testing on behalf of the manufacturer.

Dan McGowan said...

For the past year or so, I have been trying to lose weight by walking, eating better - all the typical things... During that same period, I have been using Splenda daily in my coffee (2-3 spoons) and, on occasion, my oatmeal.

About 10 months ago, I began to notice gas problems I had never experienced before. Also, I began to notice occasional heart flutters whenever I went for a walk.

The gas I attributed to getting older... (I am 48). The flutters I attributed to my pre-existing PVC (premature ventricular contraction) that usually never bothers me but, I assumed, was being brought on by stress and the caffeine in the coffee.

It has gotten to a point where I made an appointment with a doctor to check my heart - I was scared.

Then - the other night, my mother-in-law casually mentioned she had read something about Splenda giving her gas! I took notice and determined I had found my gas problem.

Tonight I began a search on "splenda" and have come upong many websites offering warning symptoms from using splenda - many of which I have been experiencing including the heart flutters!

I am still going to the doctor - but I am so glad to have found what I believe to be my cure! NO MORE SPLENDA!!

dance said...

Hi, I'm so glad about freedom of speech. People should know the possible side-effects of splenda. I used splenda for the first time a week ago. I don't use sugar in my coffee. Actually we don't even have sugar at home, but I like some sugar in my tea that I have only when it gets cooler outside. So for some reason I thought it would be better if I use something else instead of sugar. I have heard all the commercials about splenda and that it doesn't have any side-effects and I decided to try it. Like I said I don't use sugar at all and hadn't changed anything else in my diet but adding splenda to my tea one night a week ago...the result...I could not sleep all night long. I had bloating and unbelievable gas and the next day at work I felt weak and a little dizzy...I didn't think anything of it until yesterday. I got a Diet Coke with Splenda and by the end of the day I had very baaaaad gas that lasted all through the night and here we are it's after lunch and I still have very bad gas...I also experience some shortness of breath,weakness and I have difficulty focusing my eyes. I tried to think of everything I ate yesterday and the only thing that was different, the only thing that I usually don't use is the Diet Coke with splenda. It wasn't hard to figure it out in my case, but what I found on the internet just supported my opinion. I also must add that I don't take any medication, so I can't contribute my symptoms to that. Thank you for letting me express my opinion. Maybe this is a misleading information for some and it may be that I'm sensitive to splenda, but I also firmly believe that people that are using a certain product should know what they might experience...I found a lot of people on the internet that were taking prescription medication for their symptoms just to find out later that the solution was very simple.NO SPLENDA!!!! I just think that if people knew about the possible side-effects, it wouldn't take them months to figure out what's causing their symptoms...why feel bad if you don't have to??? especially since almost everybody takes splenda so they can be healthier or if they're diabetic or trying to lose weight and all of it summs up...people take it to feel better and they end up feeling a lot worse. Thank You

Anonymous said...

What alternatives do we have for consumer foods now? I wanted some chewing gum and it is now 95% replaced with "sugar-free" and Not so labeled "sugar-free" gums.
Is there no plain, chewing gum that doesn't have sucralose (splenda), Aspartame (Nutrasweet) or other artificial garbage in it?
Can't the FDA see this is another Red #5 ?

Mark Yannone said...

A search for stevia chewing gum reveals that there is another alternative. We have no experience with it, so we can't recommend it, but stevia is thought to be a safe alternative sweetener for those who are avoiding sugar. Perhaps other readers will leave some useful feedback for you.

Anonymous said...

I have been having a lot of health problems. I gained 30 pounds in the past year. I have a swollen torso, chronic gas, pruritus ani, PMS symptoms that were worsened by hormones, vaginal soreness and dryness, hot flashes, loss of vision, fatigue, dehydration, excessive urination...the list goes on. My sex life has been down the tubes and I thought I was dying. For over a year I have been drinking at least a gallon a day of koolaid sweetened with Splenda. I thought I had found an inexpensive answer to Propel and Diet Rite. I decided to try eliminating Splenda to treat the gas and pruritus, which was ruining my life. It has been 48 hours since I consumed Splenda and the pruritus is going away. Thank God I found this website! I hope I have really found the answer!

Anonymous said...

I had some sugar free candy "chocolate" made with splenda this afternoon and almost immediately and now 3 hours later I feel totally sick, headachy, feverish, bloated, and totally spaced out. I'm staying with regular good 'ol sugar from now on. I feel terrible!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been using splenda because I was looking for an alternative to nutrisweet....I drink hot tea by the gallon, daily. Years ago I gave up pop that contains 10-12 spoons of sugar per can. I drank 6-12 a day. Since giving up pop I have difficulty sweetening tea without uses mega amounts of sugar or sweetner. I currently use 8 heaping spoons of splenda per 10 ounces of hot tea. Buying 2 packages of bagged Splenda per week.

Recently I have noticed extreme pain in the ovary area of my abdomin on both sides and in the hip bone area on my right side (not the joint, just pain). I am a heart by-pass patient, I have also been having lots of irregular heart beats, trouble sleeping at night, sensitivity to sound, headaches (I thought my nitro based heart meds was causing), and difficulty loosing weight.

After reading about the potential side effects of splenda and knowing I have recent symptoms of things going on with myself. I am going to quit using splenda and just drink water and see if my symptoms disapper. The pain in the abdomin and hip alone will be worth the sacrifice if it disappears.

I had some of the same problems when using nutrisweet. I know the massive amount that I use didn't help anything. What can I say I have a sweet tooth and I was trying to satisfy it. I will try to update later to let you know if I get to feeling better after giving up the sweet stuff.

EllenK said...

About twenty years ago I worked as a graphic designer for a small flight newspaper in Dallas known as General Aviation News. We usually ran fluff stories, but the last year I was there we ran a story on the dangers of artificial sweetners, most noticeably aspartame marketed under other names. We had confirmed reports of long time sober alcoholics going off the wagon after consuming Diet Coke that had been stored in unair-conditioned warehouses allowing the chemical to break down into alcohol. We also had a report, from the actual pilot, of an FAA random test that showed alcohol in his system after he added aspartame to his coffee right before a flight. He lost his license and his job. As for myself, if I drink more than one diet drink with aspartame, I end up with sores similar to hives in my mouth. My sister in law drinks diet Pepsi by the case and has constant migraines, but refuses to consider that as a cause even though the doctors have used every medication indicated and even recommended accupuncture. Say what you want, but those things ARE chemicals and we DON'T know what they really do to our bodies over time.

celia said...

Used Splenda for the first time ever this afternoon- an herbal tea provided by host/hostess which I graciously accepted. Normally I do not use sugar or artifical sweetners of any kind in my tea or coffee. Within two hours I developed a major head-ache w/minor light-head feeling. Since I rarely get head-aches either; I'm going to guess this is a reaction to Splenda.

Anonymous said...

I got off the aspartame and in about 6 weeks my knee joints, lower back, and even my teeth! Yes my cracked tooth quit hurting.

So I thought to myself. Well, maybe I can drink soda with Splenda in it. Nope. Now I get almost instantaneous headaches with aspartame, along with abdominal gas like pains.

So this is also out.

Bottom line; If it's man made. Stay away from it. :( If it's NOT natural. Stay away from it. :(

soraya said...

Hi, I like "Everyone" to know tha consecuences of this death poison product "SPLENDA" that has nearly killed me, for the last 3 years I have being using this product 2 a day with half cup coffee and I develope a seriouse allergy that has cosed me a fortune in doctors and medicines with no results, i have develope the worst chest pain, unable to breath, coughing constantly unable to sleep, nearly having heart attack. 2 weeks ago, as I have being praying strongly for un answer to my problem,I started serving my usual spoon of Splenda in my coffe, and something in my head said ..NO! so I stoped and started thinking, mmmm??? what is this message? so I went to computer and started surching for the Splenda side effects, wow! I was shocked and amaised of the results, so for the last 2 weeks I stoped the product and now I feel much better and i'm getting my energy and life back again! I seleep all night without coughing and suffering from severe MUCUS discharged. I thank the angels and God for giving me a great message. Soraya.coments to... jimsor2002@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I recently stopped drinking pop and cappuccino. Replaced these with fruit and yogurt smoothies. Now I have heart palpitations. This was sudden onset. I also notice to a lesser degree the following: blurry vision, aching finger joints, weight gain in spite of exercise, bladder difficulties, slightly thinning hair, and jaw tenseness and pain. I wonder if it is the sucralose in the yogurt! Today I am changing my eating and doing away with the sucralose. I hope it helps me.

Cynthia said...

I am so glad to have found this blog...I just tried some sugar free cookies that were sweetened with Splenda and after having painful migraines, gas, and insomnia, I decided to "google" Spleda and see how others react to the sweetner...I must say that I am surprise. I thought that maybe it was just me....Had I known about these side effects I would have never tried Splenda!!!

Anonymous said...

Of course today would be the day that I find out my new 'favorite' drink is the cause of my migraine symptoms. I have suffered from migraines for years after an accident brought them on, I have been on daily medication to control them for about 3 years... in the past 6 months I decided to cut all soda products out of my diet and switched to Aquafina FlavorSplash water... I was having about a migraine per week when I was drinking soda, there was a 3 month period before I found the new waters and I had improved to a migraine per month which I could usually get over quickly with a Maxalt tab... well my migraines are up to 2 or 3 a week, nothing will help. Instead of a pulsing, throbbing migraine (my norm) I have had shooting constant pain that takes more than a day to go away.

I hate to drink plain old bottled water, but I just can't continue with this pain... I am in disbelief that an FDA approved product has all of these side effects. Now I have 24 bottles that I don't want to drink.

Anonymous said...

After just posting about the migraines... I just realized that I have also not been able to sleep well for weeks... Splenda is not such a great "natural" product after all.

40+ Nonblonde said...

Side effect not previously listed: sensation that I have a cap on my head when I don't. There is a feeling similar to the light pressure on the forehead experienced when wearing a hat. The only significant change in my diet this year has been a dramatic increase in my consumption of yogurt containing Splenda. Has anyone else experienced "skull cap sensation"?? I have had it everyday for nearly one month now.

Anonymous said...

nancy in az
Yes, I have had "skull cap sensation." I would describe the sensation as heavy pressure in my case and it feels more like a "bowl on my head" with the rim hitting the bridge of my nose. I am croggy, my eyes want to close, and I feel like I need to sleep. I normally stay away from all sodas and especially with artificial sweetners, however, I was given some diet sodas and in a moment of thirst chose to add some to juice. Not a good choice. Dangerous stuff.

Anonymous said...

I used to be addicted (I mean seriously addicted to Diet coke, with the Aspartame and all). I used sweet'n'Low, Nutrasweet and all that crap in my coffees, cereals etc... Finally I swicthed to Splenda about 1.5 yrs ago Because it's said to be better for you. one of my medical professionals asked if ingest alot fo aspartame due to some Multiple Ssclerosis symptoms I've been having. I told her about my previous Years ans years on apsartame and that I know use Splenda. Little did I know that Aspartame can actually trigger/ or mimic MS (and many other horrible health conditions)... I'm starting to wonder if Splenda is to blam also, as I've been 'off' of the apsartame almost entirely for 1.5 yrs. I often get these weird sensations in my amrs and legs, like water is trickling down them, or dopping on them. Sometimes it feels like I'm being 'misted' with water for about 5-7 seconds, the it turns to pins and needls and it hurts. there's been times where I've stopped what I'm doing to 'wipe' off my leg, but there's no water on my leg. I've had blurred/foggy vision associated with eye pain too. Both these symptoms (the sensations and the eye thing can be inital symptoms of MS along with a positive RF factor which I have too). So I went to my Doc, and the testnig process takes FOREVER and a DAY! I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced any of this??

Anonymous said...

40+nonblonde Re your scalp sensation...

I've had that feeling from time to time, but not as often as other odd sensations. I was the one talking about the weird trickling down the leg sensations... (not saying you MS by an means... not even sure if I do)... But I was reading about the side eefects of aspartame and that it can reak havoc on your nervous system and auto-immune system, it can trigger/ or mimic MS, and many other things. and other things. So if splenda is at all similair to the other "sweet poison", then maybe it's doing something to your nervous system?? I get feelings on the side of my head and in my ears sometimes, sort of like there is hot water pouring out of my ear. Sounds strange, but it happens now and then, and it's "hot" feeling, and I actually wipe off my ear thinking a bunch of ear wax has gushed out suddenly lol... but nothing is there!

If you've ever had alot of aspartame in your diet too you should check out the sideefeects for that.

ButterFlyGirl said...

I thought I was going crazy, I have been using Splenda since May, and over the last few weeks I have had some of the symptoms listed. I was never partial to man-made sweetner. I always opted for regular sugar and had no problems. On the adive of a nutrtionist I started using it. Low and behold in three months I gained almost 15lbs, have numbness and tingling in my hands and arms. Before I found this blog I had a half a cup of iced tea with splenda and before I could go from the kithchen back to the computer I felt like I was in a fog. I would sleep at night and when I got up in the morning it felt like I had been drinking all night. I had this strange tingling sensation in my eyes. I have knee pain not associated with my Rhuematoid Arthritis, joint pain in joint that have never bothered me be for. Whatever I have left of Splenda is going back to the store opened and un-opened. When my Dr. told me I gained weight the only thing that I can suspect was the adding of the Splenda to my diet, everythingelse stayed the same. The FDA should really investigate the companies claim about side effects

Anonymous said...

I developed a rash on both of my forearms, right index finger and in my crotch area. I went to my doctor and got tested for std's and nothing (Thank God!) came up.
When my Dr. learned I was taking Splenda as a dietary supplement for sugar, he suggested that I stop taking Splenda and see if the rash clears up. Since that time, I haven't had any further issues.... Can you imagine the embarrassment I went through as a result of using Splenda??? I am surprised that Splenda is still being marketed as a good alternative to sugar given the the numerous issues it can /has produced. This is really bad stuff.

Anonymous said...

I first questioned sugar substitutes back in college when I tried substituting Diet Dr. Pepper for Dr. Pepper and found it odd that every time I would have a diet drink, I'd have a killer headache about an hour or so later. Finally my suspicions were confirmed and I realized it was the sugar substitute that was making me feel miserable. I've been able to taste it in things. What tastes fine to others tastes extremely bitter and metallic to me. I recently was drinking some protein shakes and (aside from many bad tasting protein shakes) this milk product tasted much more bitter than it should, and later in the day, had a headache again. When reading the carton, I noticed it contained sucralose.

I had neonatal hepatitis when I was an infant and they had to remove a portion of my liver. As a result, I cannot consume too much alcohol, as my liver is weaker than the average person, and I'm beginning to wonder if there is a link between my liver and the sugar substitutes and why I have such a violent reaction to them.

Anonymous said...

I had used Splenda for about 3 years never paying that much attention to any side effects. I got a new job about a year ago and I now have to drive about 45 minutes to and from work. I started drinking one large cup of coffee on my way to work and then another when I get to work. I did this for about 8 months or so using 3 sometimes 4 packets of splenda per cup of coffee. The last 3 months I was on Splenda I started to notice that everyday except weekends, I get up late on weekends and dont drink any coffee, I would get headaches. The headache always started with my left eye aching really bad then stretching along the left side of my head. I started to blame being in front of a PC all day long, caffeine, having a 4 year old, etc... I have been off Splenda for a month and a half now and I am yet to have one single headache. I have not changed anything else, i still drink two large cups of coffee using a small quantity of sugar, i am still in front of the pc at work ALL day then go home play video games with my 4 year old or watch TV and nothing not one headache.

NO MORE SPLENDA... ITS BAD FOR YOU!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

About 2 months ago my right ear started thumping at night time when I would recline in my chair or lay in bed. It wasnt painful and the best way I can describe it is like being in your car with someone in the car behind you playing really loud rap music. This thumping would go on for hours. After a couple of days it didnt go away so I decided to go to the Urgent Care center. The doctor said I had a slight ear infection, prescribed some antibiotics and referred me to an Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat doctor.

I had to wait a month for my appointment and every night my ear thumped. Sometimes it would still be thumping when I woke up in the morning. I finally saw the new doctor, they gave me a hearing test and he looked in my ears and told me nothing was wrong, my ears are fine, my hearing is fine, and there is no reason why this should be happening. I really dont think he even believed me. I insisted that something is wrong and he prescribed a nose spray and said come back in a month.
I tried the nose spray for a couple of weeks and it didnt help. Then about two weeks ago I went my first night without any thumping and I was relieved because I thought it finally went away. Unfortunately the next night it came back. I racked my brain for a while trying to think of what I had done differently that day. It finally dawned on me, we ran out of splenda and I had to use regular sugar in my coffee that morning.

So I have been experimenting since then. If I do not consume splenda my ear doesnt thump. The more splenda I consume during the day, the longer my ear thumps at night. What I dont understand is why did this start two months ago,and why only at night? I've been using splenda in my coffee for at least a year. There is no doubt in my mind that splenda is causing my ear to thump.

On a side note, the right side of my jaw pops 3-6 times a week. This started about 4 or 5 months ago. Sometimes it pops so loud that other people around me can hear it. I suspect it has something to do with splenda also but since its not a daily occurence it is hard to tell. Starting today I am giving up spleanda completely. It will be intersting to see if my jaw popping gos away also.

Mark Yannone said...

Please note that "ringing in the ears" has been reported by others here.

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify, my ear doesnt ring, it thumps. The doctor had referred to it as palpitations. Its hard to describe but it is almost like somone is tapping on my ear drum. It is definitely not ringing.

Anonymous said...

I normally don't use splenda products but last week I accidently bought some yogurt that contained it and ate one a day for about week. All week I felt sick to my stomach and little light head. On the four day I had a severe episode of vertigo with symptom similar to motion sickness, where I had lay down to prevent my self from vomiting. I found this strange because I am a very healthy person and never experience this sort of thing. I didn't make the connection to splenda until someone told me they had had bad side effect so I googled it and found this and many other reference to vertigo. I have stopped eating the yogurt and my upset stomach and vertigo has stopped.

I guess my system can't handle the stuff and I plan on staying clear of it.



I didn't make any connection

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this website! It saved my life. I was at my local Curves when I discovered that their new food product line had Splenda as it sweetner. I was shocked and told one of the employee that they were poisoning their clients. She said that it was proven that Splenda was OK. I came home and went up online to find info to give to her when I came across your website. I discovered that I had over half of the symptoms. I had been very careful for over 4 years not to take anything with aspartame in it cuz I had injested that for many years and was trying to detox from it. When I realized that I was sick from Splenda I started checking everything I was eating on a regular basis. I discovered it was the gum I chewed for years and many pieces a day. I went to the store and discovered that almost all gum has Splenda or sucrolose in them. Needless to say I have not chewed gum in a year. My symptoms have not all gone away but I have inproved greatly. One symptom I don't see on your webpage is the increase in size of scar tissue nor anything about ganglion cycts. I have a scar on my chin and 3 months before I discovered my toxic situation that scar was growing in size. Within 3months of my stop taking Splenda it reduced in size and it now normal though I was left with a discoloration for about 6 months. Also I've had no more ganglion cycts on my hands. Thanks for saving my life.

Anonymous said...

I am horrified...I have been using Splenda for a little over a year. I have developed severe pain in my ankles and knees. I have insomnia, mild chest pain and ongoing crankiness. Also, ear thumping like a previous poster. I attribute all of the above to parenthood...but am going to give up Splenda in the hopes some or all improve. I have not felt my self for a few months and can't seem to get my normal high level of energy back. goodbye SPLENDA!

Anonymous said...

I began using splenda heavily this past year. Since may, I have gojne through 7 big bags, BY MYSELF, of splnda(Not knowing the side effects or dangers). In one week, I went through two giant bags in many cups of tea..to sweeten it. I haven't had any of the side effects. And the ones I have had, ex. sugar cravings or depression, many things like that, I already have. Even when I quit eating splenda for a while(recently) I still haven't experienced anything different. So in terms of short term problems, I haven't noticed any. :)
P.S: Don't worry, I no longer overly consume the use of splenda.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have been drinking coke zero for about 9 months now. My husband started becoming irritable, having panic attacks (worse was when we were driving), aches and pains and the list goes on. I have been experiencing migraines, aches and pains and also got motion sickness. I NEVER got motion sickness and wondered what was going on. I have been feeling flu like symptons and irritability for a couple months now and chalked it up to being a stay at home with 3 young kids (ages 3.5-9months old). We both have also been gaining weight even though we are working out almost every day and watching our diet. We are no longer drinking coke zero starting today and will be watching everything we eat. No more artificial sweeteners!!! Thank you for this site and all this information!!! My husband and I have already told both our parents who use it constantly.

Anonymous said...

It never dawned on me until today that Splenda might be the reason for my panic attacks, gas and heart fluttering. I'm quitting it immediately to see if it helps. That hissing sound it makes when it dissolves in hot coffee should have told me it was dangerous. Great site.

Anonymous said...

I am a long time user of Splenda. Recently, I have had terrible sensitivity and shocking in my teeth, that my Dentist cannot find a reason for. I also suffer with chronic muscle pain and tension and the heart palpatations, where my heart flutters loud and fast. Might anyone have experienced this same teeth condition while using Splenda? I am desperate to find help for my situation. Thank you kindly for any help.

Mark Yannone said...

The heart palpitations alone should be enough to convince you to stop using Splenda. Then when the known symptoms subside or disappear after a couple of weeks you'll know whether the dental symptoms are related.

Anonymous said...

I use about 3 packs of Splenda a day. I have been experiencing a lip biting nervous habit and was wondering if anyone else has has this kind of side effect. I do get blurred vision & I was thinking it was working on computer all day.

Anonymous said...

I stopped using splenda about 6 months ago, and switched to stevia... I wanted something to sweeten a drink with and the only thing I had was splenda. This was in the afternoon. That night I had hot and cold flashes. I woke up in the morning with a migraine and nausea(the migraine was sooo bad)! When the headache was less severe I noticed that I still had horrible abdominal and GI pains, and suffered from hot and cold flashes still! I'm a very healthy person... vegan, and care about what I eat. I have no doubt this was the cause... I've never heard of anyone getting a "virus" that caused migraines like the birtha I had...

S.O. said...

Interesting site. I have to wonder if the Splenda is causing my various ailments too. However, I do not want to jump to any conclusions because there is SOOOO much out there that can cause ailments (various germs we don't even realize are on our hands, air pollution, house cleaners, even perfumes/deodorants, you name it-- there are millions of potential causes). I am also curious about those who claim they gained weight when they started to use Splenda. Is it possible that that increased they portion size (maybe unintentionally) because they figured they were "safe" with a sugar-free product? It happens all the time.

Anyway, I am tempted to try going without Splenda, just to see if any of my ongoing problems improve. But jeez, that's a hard thing to do!! :)

Mark Yannone said...

Splenda is a very powerful, very toxic substance. If you have any ailments at the moment, and you are consuming Splenda, the first thing you need to do (if you want to end the ailments) is stop consuming Splenda. Stevia is now widely available in all kinds of forms: little packets, like Splenda, and even a shaker container for sprinkling. The new chain of grocery stores called Fresh & Easy carries it.

Anonymous said...

Well, I am recently new to the downfalls of Splenda. I just started going to a HOmeopath because I refused to take Humira for my psoriatic arthritis. She told me to quit taking Splenda. My husband is diabetic and that is all we have been using the past year. Coffee, baking ....everything. This past summer we drank alot of Green Tea Ice tea with artifical sweetener. At the end of summer my swelling in my one finger gradually became worse....thus the specialist and her idea of Humira. We are now using Stevia. Since not using Splenda I have noticed that my finger is not so swollen. Now I could factor in some other remedies she has given me BUT...here's the thing. I purchased some "Source" yogurt dessert I think it's called. Ummm, really good. Yogurt right? Well I ate an entire tub in two days and didn't think anything of it. My fingers were really sore and swollen again. I happened to look on the container of yogurt and there lo and behold it said not made with Aspertame, but there as big as life was the Splenda logo. I should have seen that before. SO, my guess is that the Splenda caused be duress again. I'm not sure what diabetics are supposed to do. They can't have alot of sugar, supposed to drink diet drinks.

Mark Yannone said...

For diet drinks that don't contain Splenda (sucralose) or aspartame, click here or on Where to buy Zevia in the Links section of this blog.

Anonymous said...

Not sure you can buy in Canada

Mark Yannone said...

Eventually they will be worldwide. For now, Canadians will have to settle for ordering online.

Anonymous said...

I seriously doubt that splenda can cause all of these problems. It seems to be that most of these people just have an undiagnosed thyroid problem, most of the symptoms listed are hypothyroid symptoms. Hypothyroidism effects at least 40% of our nation and at least 38 % of them are not aware that they even have it, because the TSH blood test isn't accurate enough to detect hypothyroidism, you must go by symptoms, and these are the symptoms of hypothyroidism, don't throw away your splenda just yet, instead go to a doctor who can find out if you are hypothyroid without using the lousy TSH test.

Mark Yannone said...

Somehow I can't believe that all of these people are discovering that they haven't consumed enough toxic chlorine or paid enough in medical care expenses.

Daniel said...

It looks like all of these side of affects came from all of the commercials that you see on TV about medications and put them all on Splenda. It sounds like someone is looking for a lawsuit and is just fishing around for people to agree with anyone of these side effects. When is everyone going to realize that what ever you do, eat and breath there is a side effect.

Anonymous said...

OMG... there are possible side effects to breathing! If you have bad gas from Splenda... that sucks to be you. I have used 10-12 packets of Splenda per day before, for long periods of time, along with drinking diet sodas containing Splenda. No problems. If you are living out of fear due to "Possible side effects" you should probably stay in your house, no heat or A/C... just incase the bad air get in. Maybe even wear a gas mask to ensure safety. You might even want to just sit in the corner so you don't accidentally trip you could hit your head (possible side effects of walking). Boo to this thread! Buncha sissies...

Anonymous said...

I am not sure-, but...I happend to have all these sym/ the worst is the bloating and gas diarrhea and uti.
I'm going to stop using splenda ,I let you know if it makes a diffrence.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if Splenda is causing my recent outbreak of acne. Nothing has changed in my life in the last few weeks except for drinking 1 or 2 cans of Diet Coke sweetened with Splenda each day. I'm 40 and haven't had the kind of acne I'm seeing now for a couple of years. I'm also wondering if Splenda and aspartame, for that matter, have been causing depression, dizziness, tingling numbness in lips, confusion and drowsiness. It doesn't help that I have sleep apnea and severe clinical depression and take anti-depressants, all of which can cause the same symptoms listed above! It's simply that I woke up from a nap feeling very refreshed, drank some Diet Coke with splenda, and now feel all the symptoms I just listed. The change was just so dramatic that I can't reach ony other conclusion other than splenda is causing this. It's also the only rational explanation for the acne. I have not been under any more stress than usual. I will stop the splenda and see what happens.

martin said...

for the last four months, I have been waking up at 4:00am for my new job. Obviously, coffee or tea is part of my routine. I would normally put 2 packs of splenda in each 10oz.cup. Typically, about 20 minutes after consumption of the coffee or tea, I would need the bathroom with intense diarrhea and terrible gas throughout the day. The nausea and headaches came as well.
Three weeks ago, I felt completely faint, falling over moments later. I am a 30 year old male, and thank G-d, in fantastic health.
My doctor took all types of tests on me that showed I had nothing wrong with me.
I still did not know the problem. But then, we ran out of splenda. I substituted sugar as a sweetener in the place of splenda (imagine that). The problems comepletely disappeared. I did not key in on it until four days later, my wife noticed that there was no more splenda in the cabinet. After a quick scolding (for consuming sugar, and of course the usual, I am not a prophet, so if you don't tell me it is finished how will i ever know), she replenished the splenda. The very next morning, the problems started again. The next day, I stayed away from it, and wonder of wonders, my problems stayed away. I am now one in a half weeks splenda free, and aI could not feel any better about it.
This morning, out of curiosity, I did a search on splenda, and came across this site.
I have come to the conclusion that splenda is not good FOR ME! I am sharing my story because others out there might be in the same boat. Maybe we should start a SPLENDA ANONYMOUS CLUB!!!!

Mark Yannone said...

Thanks, Martin. Like many others, you have finally discovered that Splenda is not good for you. Please spread the word so that others don't have to suffer like you did. If you have any medical expenses, I suggest you take the invoices to the customer service department of your grocery store for reimbursement. They are selling poison.

Anonymous said...

I am a long time user of Splenda and other sweetners but the last years Splenda I use 2 packets a day but it is in my foods and drinks I am a diabetic on insulin for years.
I have not had side effects I could say were caused by Splenda But.... a few months ago I started having a feeling of water runnng down my legs and esp over my left ankle It felt like a torrent of water filling my shoes or boots. .I dont have it all the time .I thought it might be something re nervous system (like acupuncture theories) I was surprised to see someone with the same systems on this blog.

Anonymous said...

I have been using Splenda for the past year. More recently I had been noticing that I was more and morea bloated, gassy, constipated, stomach cramps, and dizziness. Once I narrowed down the causes I saw that I was consuming more Splenda than I had realized. Yogurt, Coffee, Carbonated beverages. I even left work early one day due to the extremity in my stomach ach. So I'm cutting it out of me diet all together to see what happens, but it seems that this is the culprit. And am convinced this is the reason after reading all the side effects.

Anonymous said...

I've been using Splenda since it was so magnificently marketed a little over 10 years ago, I think. About 1.5 -2 years ago I made a commitment to lose the excess weight I've been carrying around for about 10 years and I started using a lot of splenda sweetened products, especially the little to-go packets for bottled water. I fell in love with one called 'just apple' that tasted like real juice to me. Also anything low carb like protein bars and diet jello. I am reading the book "Sweet Deception" by Dr. Mercola, which I found at my chiropractor's office. I stopped using any sweeteners other than natural ones (I don't include stevia because it has been processed and I don't know if it's ok) for ten days now. I have had all kinds of symptoms over the past couple of years that may or may not be attributed to splenda use. However, from what I've read about the FDA and false marketing by Monsanto and other Pharmaceudical/chemical manufacturers, I feel it's in everyone's best interest to read all labels and be aware that these chemicals have not been adequately tested and exist in so many products. I am curious if anyone is aware of any symptoms associated with stopping using splenda as I've been an emotional wreck both before and even more so since stopping splenda. I assume this will eventually resolve on its own and will not return to using the products. I took them all off my shelf and am telling everyone I know what I've been reading in Dr. Mercola's book. He has no false agenda for reporting this info which is well foot-noted, it is not a sales pitch. Thanks to all.

leprechaun426 said...

I am so glad I started to look into Splenda more. The "safe" alternative... bull sh**. Wow, wow, wow. I have been experiencing the most unbelievable stomach pains. I had so much pain in my abdomen I almost called an ambulance (I had the phone in my hand and everything). I thought there was something SERIOUSLY wrong. Then I learned what was causing the pain. Gas. Can you believe that? I had no idea gas could be so freakin' painful!! Now I've been trying to figure out what's been causing this inordinate amount of gas. By the way, lots of gas causes constipation. The gas bubbles make it almost impossible for the waste to pass and be eliminated. That's been causing me pain and discomfort too. I have been having headaches, body aches, the list goes on. Some of those may not be a result of my Splenda usage but I'm positive the gas is. Thank you so much for posting the truth. I use a lot of Splenda and I will not be using it ever again. I'll be using Truvia which contains Stevia.

Anonymous said...

I have been drinking diet Coke with Splenda for at least the last 6 months and I have not experienced any gas or any side affects. I have been trying to lose weight unsucessfuly and thought Nutra sweet may have something to do with it. I am 44 and just can't seem to drop any weight no matter what I do. I have been trying to drink more water and less diet drinks.

beehive said...

Duh, it's the Splenda
Oh my god! If this turns out to be from Splenda, I will be so pissed, and so happy to finally cure this burden that I have had for over a year! I am 39 always dieting trying to stay off the aspertame and eating megatons of Splenda! I have arthritis like symptoms running throughout my entire body. Every joint, especially knees, hips, and feet are impossible. I feel 90 years old. I have been on every anti inflam, every test for adrenal, thyroid, water aerobics(which really feels pretty good) etc.. I am a hairdresser and have had to back off to 3 days a week and that is almost too much. The pain gets worse once I sit down. I get up in the morning and can hardly walk! No more for me! I am gonna detox starting right now! I will update soon. I will proceed with a class action suit if this is the reason for my misery and demise this last year. It has cost me my health, my sanity, lost wages, and a pregnancy.

Thank you everyone for this site.

angel said...

The past few months have been scary to say the least. It started out with me waking up at 4 one morning with a chest pain and my right arm was feeling sort of numb, cold and heavy. I was scared and went to the hospital they did x-rays, blood work and an ecg and found nothing, told me it was probably a muscular problem from exercising. After about a month the numbness/tingling went from being not only in my left arm but also left leg and foot which was worrisome so I made an appointment with the doctor and they did more blood work and found nothing. Most recently I was shopping one evening (5 days ago) and had a sudden stabbing pain in the side of my head and now have had a headache on and off since and i normally don't really get headaches. Along with all these things I have been experiencing extreme anxiety and panic. The pain in my head had me convinced I was about to have a brain aneurysm and die any day now and everything else has had me convinced death was coming. I am only 27 this isn't how I should be feeling, but today I stumbled across this site and did some reading about sucralose and am starting to wonder if that doesn't have something to do with it. I've been drinking flavored waters with sucralose in them and within a week before the stabbing head pain I had started drinking aquafina flavorsplash water daily. Today I am stopping consuming all of these products and hoping that I see an improvement in at least some of these scary symptoms. It's terrible feeling like I am going to die every minute!

Mark Yannone said...

@angel:

Please stay in touch. Let us know how you are progressing. Be sure to read the labels on everything you consume ... Avoid aspartame too.

LDM said...

About 3 years ago I used Splenda several times a day in hot tea. My voice was harsh and about to the level of laryngitis just before total loss of voice. A friend started searching the net and found several cases of the same. No Splenda for 2 weeks or so and voice was back.

Anonymous said...

A word to the "wise"... artificial sweeteners are a migraine trigger for me, yet I can use SPLENDA with ZERO effects.

You have to be very careful in reading the labels of products, it may have a "Made with SPLENDA" logo on the front, but a quick check of the ingredients will often find that they add Nutrasweet, Sweet and Low, Sweetena, Saccarine or other artificial ingredients to 'bump up' the sweetness of the product.

Before you blame SPLENDA make sure that it is not one of the KNOWN troublemakers out there that is the culprit and not SPLENDA.

Check labels carefully!

zoeb963 said...

Here's another symptom to add to the list ...Urethral Spasm's !!Just curious ,has anyone else expeirienced this as well or is it just Me ?

Anonymous said...

I drink alot of tea. I would use one half teaspoon of sugar in each cup. I had Splenda in the house for guests. I thought I would try using it instead of sugar to eliminate some calories in my daily intake. On Saturday I decided to use Splenda in my tea. I used one packet only, spread out through three cups of tea. It was way too sweet to me to use the whole packet. I continued to use the Splenda. Monday I woke up with a severe headache in my temples spreading across my forehead as the day progressed. By Tuesday my headache was so severe it caused me to feel nauseas and dizzy, by Wednesday I was physically ill and the headache was almost unbearable. I did not use any Splenda on Wednesday, because I had assessed that Splenda was the only change I had made to my diet and it was possible that it may be the cause. My boyfriend was the one who diagnosed the possible cause of my headache and nausea and went online and found many sites listing the side effects of Splenda. I will never use Splenda again, he does and has had no immediate side effects but is certainly reconsidering his use of this product. I will not buy it ever again! because of the long term effects.

drunyan said...

I am a diabetic, and I have been using splenda for years. and in very large quantities at time. and I have never experienced any side effects. The thing is not being said in the fact that all of our bodies will react differently to different substances. I don't doubt that for some people, Splenda does have bad side effect, most likely excess gas.

fern said...

i to had severe reactions to Splenda. Gas diarhea nausea weakness and dizzy. There is no doubt in my mind that it is splenda that does this to me as i have tested it a few times. I know alot of people use it with no problems but obviously it does not work for some peoples systems. It is bad stuff!

drunyan said...

Fern, You just restated what I said.
Some people have problems with splenda and some people don't.
you are one of the people that has problems with splenda.

Mark Yannone said...

Some people have a delayed reaction to Splenda. Some of those who now think they are unaffected will later discover that they are greatly affected. Unfortunately, the longer the interval between cause and effect, the weaker the apparent link in an analysis, even though the link may be rock solid.

Anonymous said...

A couple of years ago, I used Splenda in my coffee and it would it would give me this general feeling of malaise. So I stopped. Recently, I bought a sugar-free coffee creamer by mistake and it contains Splenda. Well, I thought a little won't hurt me. Well, after drinking my coffee with this creamer I got this metallic taste in my mouth, and with this strange feeling in my head. Also, I would feel this heat sensation start around my neck and then travel up my head. Just as an experiment, I tried it again a few days a later, and I got the same reaction. This stuff is chlorinated. The same stuff is going on with our flouridated water supply. Chlorine and Flourine are very electronegative atoms. This is not good.

Bobby0512 said...

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has published the following page on their website:

http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm#Additives%20rated

They claim to be "a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety ..." and state "Hazards in food cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year, most of which are never reported to public health officials".

Yet they have listed sucralose as safe?

write to them, like I did at cspi@cspinet.org and let them know that sucralose is not safe.

Thank You