I think you should run for office, so we all get information that we need. 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 immediately stopped drinking it. Unfortunately, older children may learn to live with their symptoms and never be properly diagnosed. 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. 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. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 08, 2012: You might have to ask a doctor. Faybe Bay - I'm working on the hub of recipes now and will post asap. I had no idea what could happen. Best of success with your adventures in sweeteners and nutrition! Acesulfame Potassium, E950 also known as acesulfame K or Ace-K, is a calorie-free sweetener used in sugar-free products. Even though this may not seem like one of the serious side effects of sucralose, it can turn into severe medical conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Adult symptoms may be limited to increased frequency of loose stools, abdominal distention, and flatulence. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 06, 2012: Cool! splenda (sucralose) allergy?? 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. Health-related office somewhere, maybe. I had a couple more, and by mid afternoon I was totally laid out on the couch with a migraine. Symptoms of sucrose intolerance (GSID) in infants and children are chronic abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, failure to thrive (poor physical growth), abdominal swelling, gassiness, colic, irritability, vomiting and diaper rash. Some people have reported that consuming sucralose has led to a host of symptoms resembling an allergic reaction. Supplementary eye-related issues such as blurriness and tunnel vision have also been described. 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. A bit expensive but where my health is concerned it's worth it. Click on the link provided on the FDA Web site to find the appropriate district office with which to file your complaint. Chlorine Makes Sucralose: Sucralose is made from sugar by replacing three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. Many of those affected with CSID also have irregular amounts of isomaltase and maltase-glucoamylase, the enzymes required for starch digestion. Constricted airway and difficult breathing, shortness of breath, Sensitivity to light and sound without migraine pain, Clumsiness and loss of fine motor movement direction. thanx for writing. 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! I am now on Porridge and muesli and Weetabix for breakfasts now. Though its considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects. The symptoms of pineapple allergy may be mild or severe. It is important to note that Sucrose Intolerance is a genetic disease that infants and children cannot outgrow. Artificial sweeteners certainly qualify as a 'foreign substance'. 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. The pressure and the migraine was killing me. I've contacted companies about their using Splenda and they don't respond -- They don't care. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 04, 2019: I do like stevia very much. Side effects of Splenda (also known as sucralose) include - skin irritations, gastrointestinal problems, palpitations, chest pains, anxiety, and depression. By Benjah-bmm27 - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1913861. However, this occurs in only a minority of cases. 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. It's pretty good and I got it at Whole Foods store. I inadvertently insulted friends that like this diet soft drink with that statement, but not everyone has a pleasant result from artificial sweeteners. ! If you've experienced adverse reactions to Splenda®, please consider contacting the FDA with your complaints. : ). Common symptoms of sucrose intolerance (GSID) are excess gas, bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and/or vomiting. Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on March 27, 2010: Wow! Worsening IBS Symptoms Because sugar alcohols can affect your gut, they aren't a great combo for those with irritable bowel syndrome. This entailed one smoothie a few times a week, two diet beverages or iced teas a week, and one dessert every week or so. Sucralose—the no-calorie sugar substitute known as Splenda—has been found to cause a variety of harmful biological effects on the body, according to a new research review. 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. More and more I give up things that are sweetened. i hope anyone that suspects food allergies will have them checked out. Thanks for the information. Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on January 04, 2019: This is very interesting. I'd also be interested in your choice of Stevia product. Many individuals with Sucrose Intolerance, clinically known as Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), lack sucrase, the enzyme needed for sucrose digestion. Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on March 29, 2010: Who'd have thought? I does cause bloating, I know. The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please see our online privacy policy for more information. the recipes you make using fruit instead of sugar. 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. Improperly absorbed carbohydrates slow down the rate that consumed food moves from the stomach into the small intestine and, at the same time, accelerate the rate consumed food in the small-intestine moves into the large intestine. When undigested substances are not absorbed in the colon, an osmotic pull of water into the colon causes watery diarrhea. this neck,arm and leg itches are killing me,4 years now...how fast can I make it go away forever. I have many of the more severe symptoms for 2 weeks after ingesting even tiny amounts of sucralose. Also, diarrhea may alternate with constipation, which can contribute to an IBS misdiagnosis. 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. Artificial sweetners may affect the body in unwanted ways. Episodic watery diarrhea may occur when ingesting foods containing high levels of sucrose. Interestingly, he began having allergies of his own. had no idea so many had allergic reactions like mine. I will keep a record. 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. I think those allergic to it have the right for it to be listed in large letters on the front of packages. I could have become very, very ill. What are we going to do? So, I read the label, and - lo and behold - it has sucralose in it. If in doubt about its effects, call your doctor or dietician. My colleague stays away from all artificial sweeteners. Jerilee Wei from United States on March 27, 2010: Never thought about being allergic to such things, but it makes sense. Gold, Marc D. Sucralose Toxicity Information Center. Beyond that, some of these allergies can be fatal. Great hub as always, Patty. graymarye - I head about sugar council paying for research in the 1980s, related to ADD/ADHD. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 09, 2012: You surely have many symptoms of something, Lawrence, and I hope stopping the Splenda puts an end to at least some of them for you. An itchy skin rash can result from an allergic reaction. Resident bacteria within the colon (large intestine) feed on the undigested sugar by a process called “fermentation.” This fermentation results in increased gas production. No sugar and no artificial sweetners. So... No more Diet Pepsi for me. However, I am allergic. What happens to me is a complete arrest of my digestive system which can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks to clear out of my system even after the smallest ingestion of the stuff. I stopped eating cornflakes because of the high sugar content. I've tried several brands, all quite bitter. I have slowly eliminated every other ingredient and have come to find out that it is the splenda which caused the reaction. There’s not a lot of scientific information out there on allergies to artificial sweeteners, writes Phil Lieberman, M.D., at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Adult symptoms are similar to those experienced by infants and children; but because the adult gastrointestinal tract is longer, their symptoms may not be as severe or as frequent. Take a look at this comparison of artificial sweeteners vs sugar: these processed sugars are 200-13,000 times sweeter than regular sugar 5. 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. caretakerray - The more natural foods tI eat, the more energy I have. Even though this may not seem like one of the serious side effects of sucralose, it can turn into severe medical conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Much like other forms of nutrient intolerance, such as lactose intolerance (milk sugar intolerance), or gluten intolerance (celiac disease), Sucrose Intolerance is the inability or reduced ability to digest sucrose (table sugar). I was literally in tears on the plane. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but now use stevia or erythritol in baking. fishtiger58 from Momence, Illinois on March 28, 2010: I started using stevia about a year ago and I just love it. Allergic reactions to sugar substitutes are fairly uncommon. 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. I am writing an article right now about some foods and medicines that have it that you wouldn't expect. x. Jamiehousehusband from Derbyshire, UK on March 26, 2010: God I'm glad I read this - my wife Rachel,is on a diet (lost a stone) and I may add I don't think she needs to lose more but she does. This disorder may sometimes be … I started experiencing a fairly severe headache. It's just not good enough. 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. There have been reports of adverse reactions to sucralose and products made with Splenda, including headaches and allergic reactions. You have given me some ideas. It is important to note that Sucrose Intolerance is a … Cheeky - Corn flakes do have a lot of sugar, don't they. 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. Splenda can be pretty bad for those who are allergic like me. Presented by QOL Medical | Privacy Policy, Communicating With Your Healthcare Provider. im off artificial sweeteners for good and will share this with everyone i know. Back in 2005 when my wife bought a jar of "no sugar added" jam, I checked the label and got suspicious that it did contain Sucralose. Although hypersensitivity to sugar alcohol is rare, its symptoms can include: nausea; vomiting; indigestion; cramping; bloating I do use a lot of Splenda so thanks for pointing out the "downside". I caught this person in the act of pouring the product into my food and never ate anything he prepared again. My concern is that sugar depresses the immune system. If so I would love to read it. I just heard this morning... that Diet Pepsi is switching to using Splenda. I had no idea so many were allergic to these artificial and derived sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are often recommended to diabetes as a safe alternative to sugar as studies have shown that it does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels. It was on shelves for only a couple of months. Plus, recent research has indicated that consuming sucralose can negatively impact your gut health and even cause metabolic syndrome. 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. What is Sucrose Intolerance? Splenda is a product that contains the artificial sweetener sucralose, but that is not all that it contains. Abdominal cramping or discomfort, heartburn, and possibly bloating and gas. Last time they were out of regular pills so I got the cooling ones.... Red the ingredient tonight. Well I say eaten... it doesn't have to be eaten, last year I started using a new face cleanser within a couple of days my face and eyes swelled, the burning itchy cheeks and the itchy spots were back! I gave up sugar in my coffee. The following symptoms and groups of symptoms may result from an allergic reaction to Splenda®, but also may be the result of other causes. Abdominal cramping or discomfort, heartburn, and possibly bloating and gas. Sucrose Intolerance is More Common Than You Think. Chronic abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, and/or failure to thrive (poor physical growth) are common symptoms of Sucrose Intolerance. I eat splenda all the time. 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. 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. Thanks for posting. An individual with Sucrose Intolerance cannot digest table sugar and, as a result, develops gastrointestinal symptoms after eating food containing sucrose. Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 11, 2015: Diet Pepsi!? If you have a sugar allergy, you might experience symptoms after eating it that include: hives; stomach cramps; vomiting; Some people may experience a … Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2010: Very good hub. From now on I don't trust anything without a label. Chemically, Sucralose (Splenda) is more similar to DDT than sugar. Splenda really can kill and it is buried in ingredient fine print on grocery items. 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