Splenda can be pretty bad for those who are allergic like me. I have controlled high blood pressure which rules out numerous decongestants. A message on tv last evening was that an unpleasant experience can prodvide information to others that will help or prevent tragedy, so I think that must be right. Many thanks. I'd also be interested in your choice of Stevia product. Some people have reported blistering, itching, redness, and swelling If so I would love to read it. Weird sight, I'm sure, and sure to put anyone off sugar. After the reaction, I returned to unsweetened ice tea. I don't like much refined sugar or very much sweetness in foods and beverages, so I use honey or some raw sugar and stevia. If you have a sugar allergy, you might experience symptoms after eating it that include: hives; ... sucralose (Splenda) stevia; You can still enjoy dairy if you have lactose intolerance. The information on this site is not intended to make a diagnosis or take the place of talking to a U.S. healthcare professional.This site is intended solely for U.S. residents and is governed solely by U.S. laws and government regulations. Very dangerous! It is often pink and sometimes accompanied by feeling flushed after ingestion of the product. Supplementary eye-related issues such as blurriness and tunnel vision have also been described. Thanks for posting. Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on March 27, 2010: I've been using Stevia for years instead of sugar or artificial alternatives and I swear by it-- natural, herbal, and sweet. Splenda is used as a sugar substitute in cooking and baking, and it’s added to thousands of “zero calorie” food products. The accumulation of product use resulted in an allergic reaction after about six months. More and more I give up things that are sweetened. This disorder may sometimes be … Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 26, 2010: Thank you for an interesting hub with valuable information. Great hub as always, Patty. Approximately one year ago, one of my colleagues was rushed to the hospital ER with a severe allergic reaction to his first intake of Splenda® or sucralose. I like pie, but have a few healthier recipes for them, some crustless. What is Sucrose Intolerance? A brief search of the medical literature found an article published in 2015 by researchers in Texas, South Carolina and Nebraska on the newest sweetener on the market, called stevia. Chronic abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, and/or failure to thrive (poor physical growth) are common symptoms of Sucrose Intolerance. I first noticed it when I spent a week in Washington, D.C. on the way back home to S.F. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 29, 2010: Tangoshoes - I'm not sure; aspertame gave me a headache the first time I used it, but never again. graymarye - I head about sugar council paying for research in the 1980s, related to ADD/ADHD. Those with Sucrose Intolerance may experience mild-to-severe gastrointestinal discomfort when consuming food that contains sucrose as it moves through the small intestine undigested and enters the colon. Although hypersensitivity to sugar alcohol is rare, its symptoms can include: nausea; vomiting; indigestion; cramping; bloating Any persistent gastrointestinal symptoms should be discussed with a gastroenterologist. Some are allergic to at least one of them. Much of the body can be affected by allergy to sucralose. I think you should run for office, so we all get information that we need. I have one patient who experiences oral pruritis and the other patient, lip angioedema on more than one occasion. Good advice here given for readers, Great hub! Episodic watery diarrhea may occur when ingesting foods containing high levels of sucrose. Infants who are breastfed may not show symptoms until a milk-based formula is introduced into their diet, or they begin eating solid foods. Artificial sweeteners certainly qualify as a 'foreign substance'. Some have asserted that these headaches lead to painful migraines that can present with an additional crop of aspartame-related side effects, including decreased vision, eye pain, and increased sensitivity to noise. I'll stick with Setvia. I have an article describing some of my experience. Plus, recent research has indicated that consuming sucralose can negatively impact your gut health and even cause metabolic syndrome. Abdominal swelling (distention), gassiness, chronic colic, irritability, excoriated (abrasions and irritations) buttocks, vomiting, and diaper rash can all be signs of pediatric Sucrose Intolerance. Interestingly, he began having allergies of his own. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on March 29, 2010: Who'd have thought? It's just not good enough. Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on January 04, 2019: This is very interesting. thanks for the great hub. I does cause bloating, I know. I just looked at bread labels in Kroger grocery last night and found that many of them use Splenda (Sucralose). Excessive amounts of sucrose can make normal flu and allergy symptoms, such as a cough and runny nose, worse. Unfortunately, older children may learn to live with their symptoms and never be properly diagnosed. I always check the labels on diet products. Case in point, I suffer from GERD and use antacids a lot. Artificial Sweeteners can also develop into an addiction. Consult your healthcare professional in order to be certain of the cause in your own case of symptoms. Last time they were out of regular pills so I got the cooling ones.... Red the ingredient tonight. Some allergic reactions occur very quickly; others get stronger over time with each additional exposure. Gripe water, various flavours. I follow a strictly low carb way of eating these days and I did use Splenda for a while until someone told me about problems. You may also develop eczema or general skin inflammation from an allergy to aspartame 2. I had no idea what could happen. Acesulfame Potassium, E950 also known as acesulfame K or Ace-K, is a calorie-free sweetener used in sugar-free products. I do sometimes experience some of the less severe reactions you've listed, so I think I'll give unrefined sugar and honey a try just to see if my symptoms clear up. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 06, 2012: Cool! Sucrose Intolerance manifests in GI discomfort and symptoms following the consumption of sucrose-containing foods. ive been suffering from blistered, swollen lips with hives all over them off and on for the past month, and i just stumbled across something online about splenda causing similar symptoms. Gastrointestinal symptoms may differ among infants, children, and adults affected by this enzyme deficiency. The childhood memories of sugar on salads and undissolved salt covering the top of fried eggs still is unpleasant to me. In fact, just before I had the first allergic reaction, I experienced the “aura” that comes before some migraines. Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on March 26, 2010: I had no idea of the allergic reaction that can come from an artificial sweetener. QOL Medical assumes no liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the site. Sucralose does have calories, but because it is 600 times sweeter than sugar, very small amounts are needed to achieve the desired sweetness so you most likely won't consume enough to get any calories. Adult symptoms may be limited to increased frequency of loose stools, abdominal distention, and flatulence. Artificial Sweeteners can also develop into an addiction. Gold, Marc D. Sucralose Toxicity Information Center. Right there SPLENDA!! As a chemist, I didn't know any sugar with that name, so - I checked online and whoa - a chlorinated sugar, so that it does not go through your metabolism but to your liver. Agave nectar is another natural choice. Faybe Bay - I'm working on the hub of recipes now and will post asap. It took me YEARS to figue out I was alergic to Splenda. Such a small amount though! It's pretty good and I got it at Whole Foods store. Some people have an extreme reaction to it even after avoiding it for years. Recurrent symptoms like chronic diarrhea, unexplained abdominal pain, gas and bloating, weight loss, frequent bowel movements, gassiness, abdominal distention, and vomiting should not be ignored. Splenda/Sucrolose Allergy It's back...that dreaded burning of my cheeks and the tell tale spots to warn me I've eaten something I shouldn't! It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. It was then, that I checked the packaging on the Diet Coke and it was made with Splenda. Stevia is a natural sweetener and seems best, to me, in beverages; but I've used it well in cooking and baking. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but now use stevia or erythritol in baking. I didn't realize that artificial sweetners could be so bad for you. Better stop having it. Other erroneous diagnoses may include milk protein intolerance, food allergies, and chronic, nonspecific diarrhea. This disorder is also known as Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID) and is equally prevalent in males and females. Adults, too, may learn to live with their gastrointestinal symptoms and accept that their issues are normal. I gave up sugar in my coffee. The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. Mainly because I only ate/drank things that had it... occasionally. i hope anyone that suspects food allergies will have them checked out. Some substances, or their impact, accumulate in a human's body to produce allergies over time. And I thought it was just because I was older than dirt and going through male menopause or PMS. More reactions have been reported for natural products compared with artificial sweeteners. Best of success with your adventures in sweeteners and nutrition! My allergy to this product is not as severe as my friend's or as deadly as that of patients whose case studies we can read online. Ended up with an epi pen after an episode of hives after using a Swiss Miss Kcup which has splenda in it. While QOL Medical makes reasonable efforts to include accurate, up-to-date information on the site, QOL Medical makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy. The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. I could have become very, very ill. What are we going to do? Artificial sweetners may affect the body in unwanted ways. A few artificial sweeteners were touted as unable to be recognized as non-sugar and I wondered who was taking the taste tests. Gastrointestinal symptoms might occur because of reactions between bacteria in the intestines and components of sucralose that together produce nitrogen gas. I think those allergic to it have the right for it to be listed in large letters on the front of packages. I eat splenda all the time. You have given me some ideas. From now on I don't trust anything without a label. Jerliee - Rats probably eating and pooping sugar, no? The pressure and the migraine was killing me. Sugar-mafia rats lol (that could be a name for a band...). Haven't felt quite the same fondness for sugar since then. What a terrible thing for you but thanks for passing on. Dry mouth and/or sinuses, swollen lips, burning tongue, similar. I went back to the east coast, this time Florida, to visit a friend. An itchy skin rash can result from an allergic reaction. fishtiger58 from Momence, Illinois on March 28, 2010: I started using stevia about a year ago and I just love it. Dim - I don't know about a public office, but will continue to write. I've contacted companies about their using Splenda and they don't respond -- They don't care. If you have a sugar allergy, you might experience symptoms after eating it that include: hives; stomach cramps; vomiting; Some people may experience a … gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on March 28, 2010: Great hub, more people need to know about this, and then there are conspiracy theories about how they donate tons of money to diabetes organisations who in return promote their products! Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2010: Very good hub. Artificial sweeteners can even cause nausea, Dr. Bindiya Gandhi, a double-board certified doctor who specializes in women’s health and preventative medicine, tells Bustle… There have been reports of adverse reactions to sucralose and products made with Splenda, including headaches and allergic reactions. Allergic reactions range from mild (sneezing and sniffles) to severe (anaphylactic shock, inability to breathe and death). It is now in so many different products, it is hard to keep track of. A bad thing is that I see that some bread in the grocery store includes the sweetener without the big "Splenda" balloon on the front of the wrapper. My concern is that sugar depresses the immune system. However, I am allergic. If you've experienced adverse reactions to Splenda®, please consider contacting the FDA with your complaints. As an adult, I eliminated sugar from my diet and stopped adding salt to foods at the table. It is very important that allergies not be treated lightly, because they can result in death among the worst cases. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 27, 2010: Thanks for the overwhelming response of reading and commenting. I would love for you to write some hubs on. Patty uses advanced degrees in preventive medicine and health psychology in research and treatment for public and private health agencies. Take a look at this comparison of artificial sweeteners vs sugar: these processed sugars are 200-13,000 times sweeter than regular sugar 5. I have many of the more severe symptoms for 2 weeks after ingesting even tiny amounts of sucralose. An acquaintance that did not "believe in allergies" because he had none himself, once was determined to put Splenda® into my food unbeknownst to me, in order to prove that I was "faking.". The severity of symptoms can be affected by contributing factors such as the quantity of sucrose and starch consumed, the level of bacterial activity in the colon, the absorptive capacity of the colon, and the rates of transit out of the stomach and small intestine. Eating excessive amounts of sucralose may cause diarrhea, bloating and gas. I hope your health continues to improve! Symptoms of Sucrose Intolerance do not appear in infants until they start ingesting sucrose- and starch-containing foods such as fruit juices, solid foods, common baby foods, milk-based formula, and medications sweetened with sucrose. In baking, I use unsweetened applesauce, mashed ripe bananas, or crushed pineapple in place of a large part of the fat, sugar, and eggs required by some recipes, like oatmeal-based cookies with raisins and nuts, and some other baked goods. For infants, children, and adults alike, failure to absorb dietary sucrose and starch can impact the absorption of other nutrients, as well as disrupt the normal hormonal regulation of gastrointestinal functions. Gad!!! Health-related office somewhere, maybe. The alleged symptoms associated with sucralose are gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains, palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes. It's all natural and no after taste. Chlorine Makes Sucralose: Sucralose is made from sugar by replacing three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. The FDA Web site includes contact information for non-emergency food-related complaints. I was sick for weeks. Sucrose Intolerance is often misdiagnosed in infants as chronic, nonspecific diarrhea, called “toddler’s diarrhea.” Older children are often misdiagnosed as having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because cramps, abdominal pain, gas, and intermittent diarrhea are symptoms common to both IBS and Sucrose Intolerance. I have used Splenda without side effects but not often. There is something about formaldehyde involvement with Spenda that I'm not fully understanding yet. LPogue - I'll put a few up on a related Hub sometime soon. Once sat on a riverboat near New Orleans, watched barges of sugar go by, along with rats that were crawling all over them. One other friend (female) experienced 5 or 6 allergy symptoms after about 6 weeks of losing weight successfully with Splenda® and discarded it from her diet. Chemically, Sucralose (Splenda) is more similar to DDT than sugar. If you aren't allergic to Splenda ... what do you think is better... splenda or appertain? So, I read the label, and - lo and behold - it has sucralose in it. Many individuals with Sucrose Intolerance, clinically known as Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), lack sucrase, the enzyme needed for sucrose digestion. Manuka Honey and the Best Natural Healing -- Wound healing is a big thrust in Medicine and Health for the 2010s. Chronic abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, and/or failure to thrive (poor physical growth) are common symptoms of Sucrose Intolerance. To help control my allergy symptoms I am taking Mucinex (1200 2x) to keep the mucus flowing, Singular (10mg 1x), Astelin (which due to a formulary change will have to change to a generic, but not AstePro which contains sucralose), and Rhinocort Aqua. The most common aspartame allergy symptoms are headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Other: Bleeding that is quick and will not clot, blood in urine, seizures, chest pains, cardiac involvement, elevated liver enzymes. I caught this person in the act of pouring the product into my food and never ate anything he prepared again. Jerilee Wei from United States on March 27, 2010: Never thought about being allergic to such things, but it makes sense. These changes in gastrointestinal transit time contribute to the malabsorption of starch, fat, and monosaccharides. 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