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Splenda gives me headaches!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So the other day it occurred to me that my regular tea-drinking had a sugary-side effect. I've been experiencing more headaches lately, and they started about the same time I switched from sugar to Splenda.


I haven't had any Splenda-sweetened tea in a few days, and I had no headaches. I didn't have one this morning. So when making tea, I decided to try an experiment. I've been feeling fine today, so I decided to give it a try.

I added my usual one packet.

And drank it.

About halfway down the cup? I start getting that telltale ache.

So the Splenda is going in the trash. I'm not putting anything in my body that actively hurts it! I drink a lot of hot tea, though, and I'm a Southern girl, so I like it sweet (and yes, I've tried cutting back to have it plain, but sorry. It's too ingrained in me.)

So I'm going to try Stevia next. Most research I've seen reports no side effects. But for now, that box of Splenda is going in the trash. At least I know, now.
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    I do half sugar and half stevia in my postum, otherwise it tastes weird. honey might go further with less in a blend.
    1947 days ago
    I got tired of putting so many fake ingredients in my body and living with the side effects (including having a hard time losing weight!) so I decided to just switch back to sugar and just cut back on the amount. It's great that you listened to your body and stopped when you knew something was wrong! I definitely didn't think it was Splenda causing me problems for so long until I tested it too!
    1951 days ago
    Every now and then, I like having Sobe waters. They use Stevia. I haven't noticed any side effects when I drink SOBE.

    BUT, I do find Stevia very very sweet. too sweet for me. When I drink SOBE, I pour some in a glass and then add water to dilute it. Before you buy stevia, try a SOBE or Vitamin water to see if you like the taste.

    Also, vegans use agave nectar for sweetener. That might be a good option for you if you don't want to use honey.

    Oh and if you've been reading your nutrition labels regularly, watch out for ASPARTME too. I can't remember if Splenda used aspartme or sucrolose as the chemical sweetener. I know many people have complained about headaches when eating products with aspartme. Check your yogurt. many "light" yogurts use aspartme or sucralose for sweeteners too.

    1951 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2013 12:26:39 PM
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    Go for it. If Stevia doesn't work for you, try honey.
    1952 days ago
    Every person reacts differently to foods and medications, so while some people swear by something it can actually hurt others. Good job finding the causation! Now you know what to pay attention to, so if you can snag a few packets of sweetener from a restaurant or a friend you can give it a try for free and find out if it helps or hurts.
    1952 days ago
    I like stevia and haven't had any issues with it.
    1952 days ago
    Since sucralose is an enantiomer of sugar, it likely isn't causing any effects on its own since it's a chiral sucrose molecule that passes through the system without being absorbed or broken down. What's probably going on is that your chemolfactory system is receiving that "sweet" signal and releasing insulin, and in the absence of any free sugars to metabolize, breaking down your own glycogen stores. Result: headache.

    This would only happen if you're having your sweet tea without food to go along with it, and it would happen with any calorie-free sweetener, since your body thinks, "yeah, we're getting sugar!" and then it doesn't, which it gets annoyed about. Be warned that this is more likely to happen in people with pre-diabetic conditions, so if you've not done a glucose test in awhile, you may be at-risk for hypoglycemic insulin resistance. But really, the problem is going to happen when you pull the bait-and-switch, giving your body non-food stimuli to react to. Sorry to get all science-y; it's kinda how I roll. Good luck, and be sure to have a snack with your tea!
    1952 days ago
    Thumbs up for listening to your body! Great job!
    1953 days ago
    I have to be careful of products containing Stevia, including Truvia. It makes my tongue numb. It took me a long time to figure out THAT was what was causing it. Just fyi ...
    1953 days ago
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