By MimiNana Latest Reply 2014-11-03 23:55:46 -0600
Started 2011-09-27 07:49:29 -0500

Has any one had any problems using Splenda? I have used it since it came on the market as Equal was giving me headaches. I have never had any problems with it. I just read an artical that said it was bad for you. Any feedback from you all?

46 replies

Anonymous 2014-11-03 23:55:46 -0600 Report

My Mom has been using it for a little more than a year and she hasn't had any problem; but she normally just has a teaspoon in her morning cereal and a teaspoon, in her tea. I've been watching my sugar intake and I prefer an all natural sugar and agave; in moderation. I hope that this helps.

thetraveler59 2011-10-02 18:52:34 -0500 Report

I have just signed up to this community 10 minutes ago to learn and share what I know over the last 20 years with my type 2 diabetes! My personal opinion about splenda and Nutrasweet is STAY AWAY fro them! They are chemicals that the body will have a hard time to break down over time. You'd be better off with sugar , stevia, honey to get your sweet tooth satisfied.

hillwalker 2011-10-07 00:23:17 -0500 Report

you may want to becareful of stevia as well

Beata2 2011-09-30 23:33:33 -0500 Report

Just want to add that splenda does have a carb per packet. So if you use it a lot they will add up. I use splenda w/fiber on my food and stevia in my drinks

BSMOM2 2011-10-01 03:20:42 -0500 Report

Does stevia have any after taste? I need to get a good tasting sweetner ..

Type1Lou 2011-10-01 17:35:19 -0500 Report

After-taste is such an individual call. I don't care for Truvia which is made from stevia because I feel it has an aftertaste.But, you may not react the same way.
Suzy Cohen in "Diabetes Without Drugs" doesn't like any of the artificial sweeteners. As a pharmacist, she makes some compelling arguments that many of today's health problems are due to over-processed foods and additives.

Beata2 2011-10-01 09:19:05 -0500 Report

I don't notice an aftertaste, but it does have a different taste then sugar. I like it in tea but not coffee. Then again my husband liked it in coffee, sooo I suggest you buy the smallest amount available and give it a try.
It seems expensive but if you get the powder in a small jar there is about 900 servings!

sweetbelle 2011-09-30 22:25:25 -0500 Report

I used Nutrasweet for years. I didn't really like the taste of it. One day when my son was small my mother bought some freezer pops that were made with nutrasweet and I didn't eat any of it but my son, my mother and my neice and nephew all ate it and became ill with methane poisoning of all things. Since then I have avoided it like the plague. Now I use Splenda. I don't have any problems with it but I can't seem to lose the weight. I have been using agave nectar to make banana bread. It has an unusual taste by itself but the banana bread was delicious. It has a low glycemic index and only 60 calories per tablespoon. It's all natural like the truvia. I don't know if this post did anyone any good but I hope so.

pannb713 2011-09-30 15:27:15 -0500 Report

I have major digestive problems with all artificial sweeteners so I have learned how to use fruits to sweeten such things as my morning cereal. Truvia does not bother me and that is helpful

spitfirelady 2011-09-30 10:37:59 -0500 Report

I use Truvia…Stevia…and love it in anything…except coffee..so once in the morning I use a packet of Sweet n Low..and have had no problems. AND GOOD NEWS..My A1C as of two days ago tested 5.9 after 6 months!! Exercise and diet do work, duh! Ha..the first was well over 7 …the next check at 3 months was 6.3…and now 5.9! Am thrilled. My eye check up on Wed. was excellant. No damage..so now, still working on weight and do still wonder about the sweeteners that we are using…but all in all, doing well here!

MimiNana 2011-09-30 10:47:42 -0500 Report

Great news! My A1C in Feb. was 12.1 in Aug. it was 5.7! I know how you feel! Keep up the good work! :-)

spitfirelady 2011-09-30 11:50:01 -0500 Report

You too! My wish and prayer is for everyone to be able to get control of this disease. It seemed so overwhelming in the beginning and fear is not comfortable. The message I heard was to lose weight through exercise and diet changes …but that is not all it took…weighing food, reading labels, working the grocery store and calling in products they did not carry, being a warrior for my health! Exercise that came easy when I was younger!! and no suggestions for persons with health problems (could not do jumping, etc with knee replacement)..so finding options of exercise that worked for me…and that I could/and would kept going…These sugar/non sugar choices are important to talk about! So are all the other topics. For me it was finding the "package" that worked by trial and error. For now, I will continue mine. I pray you find yours. Love some of the recipes on this site, some would work for me, but can apply the products I can use to others. Good Mimi!

MimiNana 2011-10-01 06:48:29 -0500 Report

In the beginning it was hard for me too. Except, my daughter was very supportive and helpful. I just watch the carbs and how much sugar is in it. So far so good. No one said anything about my weight, ever! and I'm 5'7' and weighed 260# Never could lose it. Now, I'm at 220# and holding and I didn't even try, it just happened! But, we put it to the brain tumor shrinking. You see, its on the Pituitary gland which my specialist says is the "Master" gland and it is caused by an over production of prolaction. Since it has shrunk, everything has changed with me. I am just now able to drink coffee which I have drunk since I was 17, but in July, it made me want to throw up! So, you see, there are many factors in what goes on in our bodies. Some can use Splenda and other sweetners and others can't. I have never had any problems and so I will not stop using it until I do, which I hope I don't, cause I still like a little sweet now and then! LOL
Thanks for your feed back!
God Bless! :-)

kimboison2day 2011-09-30 04:14:21 -0500 Report

I have used Splenda as well, my Endocrinologist even recommended that i keep it. But since I am so sensitive to so much I guess I shouldn't say much. I get headaches practically looking at things…I think Spend has been a God send…no headaches, no nausea, vomiting, nothing, like the other sweeteners cause!

mebetty 2011-10-01 11:11:10 -0500 Report

have you done your own research? Doctors don't necessarily give all the right answers. While I chose Splenda over all the alternatives, after a few years I developed symptoms because of it. It could also indicate that perhaps your endocrinologist thought that you had too much sugar in your diet, and in that case Splenda could balance out your sugar intake. But there is enough research and info out there which suggests the opposite of what your endocrinologist 'recommends'.

And yes, I do agree that sugar is a major contributor to headaches, as is any processed food such as white rice, most pasta, 'enriched' flour in breads, etc.

Having a long history of headaches myself, I can understand your relief of no more headaches.

Good health to you


ali315 2011-09-30 01:50:19 -0500 Report

i heard that all artificial sweetners are the worse since they have so much i guess chemicals in them that you might as well use regular sugar just not so much and i get headaches and I usually have to urinate when i drink something with artificial sugars it irritates my bladder.

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Teresa Rose 2011-09-29 07:07:25 -0500 Report

I am allergic to all artificial sweeteners. Years ago I use to use Equal. I bought it in the jar so I could use it for everything. I began experiencing side effects but I didn't know that's what was going on. I would lose feeling in my right leg and my legs would give out under me. Also my skin started getting rashes ect. I went to the doctor and they did some test and found that I was having side effects from using the equal. When Splenda came out I started using it. I love the taste and at first it seemed ok but then I started having the same symptoms that I had when I used Equal. I went to the doctor and found out that I am allergic to Splenda as well as all artificial sweeteners. I also lose feeling in my hands. It does something to the brain and how the nerves control motor functions. I am also allergic to Stevia and Truvia. A couple of years ago my oldest daughter started using Splenda. She used it for awhile but started experiencing the same side effects that I had gotten. I told her it was the Splenda but she thought I was crazy and used it still. Her symptoms got worse so she went to the doctor and what do you think the diagnosis was? You guessed it, Splenda. She was ordered right away to stop using it, it was causing her nerves to act up.

hotwhllvr79 2011-09-29 05:14:51 -0500 Report

My mom was a researcher way before I was diagnosed at the age of two. I'm now 32, and she continues to research everything health related for herself and her family. She advised me that upon researching, Splenda actually contains formaldehyde. Now, I haven't seen that in writing yet, but I do know that when I (used) to consume it, I got very bad cramps in my gut. So, I learned to steer clear of it. I recently read an article on Dr. Mercola's website about it, outlining any side effects that may be experienced and why Stevia is recommended (Dr. Mercola is a naturalpathic doctor, and a WEALTH of information on natural living).

MrsCDogg 2011-09-29 04:34:25 -0500 Report

I have not problem with Splenda at all. Some folks seem to though. I just like the taste of it a lot better than Nutra Sweet which I think has a bitter aftertaste to it. Sugar alchols just are bad for me because of the laxative affect. I'd say if it works for you then use it.

kimberlydawn 2011-09-28 19:18:50 -0500 Report

I just joined this sight and was just recently told I have type2, and am trying to learn the do's and don'ts of this disease. I have to say I am very confused, considering I just read the article on this sight about how bad splenda is for human consumption, and I have been using splenda since it came out on the market. I pretty much have suffered from almost all the symptoms that was listed in the article and that is pretty scary. But what is even more confusing is on this very same sight under recipes there is many that call for splenda. I really am confused can anyone tell me what I am suppose to use, I am starting to think that regular pure cane sugar is actually better for you and your body can process it better than artificial sweetners of any kind.

jayabee52 2011-09-28 20:03:24 -0500 Report

Howdy Kimberly! WELCOME to DC!
I have come to a similar conclusion Kimberly for my own use.

The reason that those recipes are there is not everyone experiences side effects from Splenda, and not everyone is convinced there is a problem with Splenda, or any other sweetener you would care to name.

There are plenty of websites which speak badly about any sweetener. I am able to metabolize Nutrasweet and Sweet n Low without problem, but had a problem when I was consuming them (mostly Sweet n Low) with weight gain. I happen to believe the study which found that using artificial sweeteners contributed to weight gain due to a trigger in the brain which looked for a rise in BG after the sweet taste and wouldn't shut down until the BG level was satisfied. I ate uncontrollably when using artificial sweeteners, so it rang true for me. Others claim to have no problem with using them.

But getting off of the artificial helped me get a better handle on controlling my diabetes.

And if you haven't heard it before Kimberly, each person with Diabetes (PWD) reacts exactly the same to the same foods, drinks or medications.

Blessings to you and yours


AuntieM234 2011-09-30 13:31:34 -0500 Report

Thank you for this post James. You know how I feel about Splenda and that I plan to continue using it. I don't have time to weigh in right now, as I have to leave to take my grandson to the Dr.; however, I will write more when I return.
;-) Mara

jayabee52 2011-09-30 17:10:02 -0500 Report

Yep I know how you feel about it Mara! And that's OK with me. I just tell what has happened with me, and let folks make up their own minds on the matter. When I was using sweet n low and nutrasweet a friend got on an anti-nutrasweet kick and was merciless with her criticism of it. I almost dropped her as a friend because of it. I don't ever want to be like that.

labornurse 2011-09-28 16:33:43 -0500 Report

Wow! This site has really been enlightening! I have been a T2 diabetic since 1999. I have used Splenda since it came on the market thinking it was a great new product and would "be there" in place of sugar for me. My husband and granddaughter even use it. Well, I think I will throw out what I have and just switch back to plain old sugar if I need anything, or in recipes use applesauce. In reading some of the posts I find that I am not the only one suffering some of these side effects and wondering what could be the cause. My hair is much thinner now and it used to be full and thick; although I exercise I feel like I'm getting nowhere; I try and eat right even with the occasional "fall" from my diabetic diet; but, I have coffee in the morning with Splenda everyday and have had for about the past 8 months. I have noticed a significant weight gain and figured it was just because I am taking my Masters online. I get up and move around every hour so my legs and feet don't get numb. And that is another thing I have noticed just in the past about six months. My legs and ankles "feel" swollen and my ankles actually do swell. That wasn't occuring before. I am going to stop the Splenda, drink my coffee black or with regular sugar (1 packet) and see if things change. Thanks again to everyone who has posted, you may have helped to save my life!

mebetty 2011-09-30 18:37:33 -0500 Report

labornurse…it's hard to change habits that we enjoy. I am glad you are making a conscious healthier choice. I happen to love the taste of Splenda, but not at the cost of my health.

One thing rang an alarm when I read your post though. One doctor was concerned when my ankles showed some swelling a few years back. Please visit your doctor and advise him of the swelling. Some subtle signs we may consider benign can be indicative of something we do not suspect.


MimiNana 2011-09-29 09:20:19 -0500 Report

I have used Splenda, like I said even before I was a diabetic. My hair use to be thick also, but I put it to the meds that I take. I take 6 different kinds of meds and the thin hair didn't start until after Feb. of this year when I started taking Cabergoline 0.5 MG for my brain tumor. I think meds have a lot to do with alot of things. But, as I said before, there is always going to be something out there that can kill you!
Even the meds you take! Thanks for your feedback and good luck.
God Bless! :-)

MimiNana 2011-09-28 07:59:07 -0500 Report

Thanks Everyone for all your feedback. Like my husband said, there is always something out there that will kill you! So, I will continue to use Splenda because without it, there is no life at all for me being a diabetic. I have to have a little something sweet now and then, I don't drink soda at all, only coffee, tea, Crystal Light, milk and water. I don't drink juice either. I mean I just discovered, after 6 years, Murray cookies and Blue Bunny "Sweet Freedom" ice cream and I feel like I'm cheating! LOL My 4 grandchildren even like my Murray cookies!
But, again, Thanks, you guys are great and I may not come here often, but I read the e-mails I get daily from this web site, so I do stay connected! You all are a lifeline for all diabetics! :-)

grammy215 2011-09-27 22:03:43 -0500 Report

After all I've been reading lately about Splenda, I won't touch it and I have two bags of it in my pantry. I've tried Truvia, it isn't too bad, I use an eighth teaspoon in my tea, it is very sweet. I'd prefer honey in my tea, I might go back to using it.

AuntieM234 2011-09-27 19:35:05 -0500 Report

I've been using Splenda for more than six years—I'm not sure when I first began using it, but I know it was pre-2005. I've not had any problems as a result of using it or from eating something cooked with it. My kidney and liver test results are always great. That's just how my body reacts to it. I realize others may have issues with it, though.

jayabee52 2011-09-27 18:56:17 -0500 Report

Yes, Mimi. Splenda (aka Sucralose) gives me extremely loose bowels if I eat or drink too much of something which contains it. There's been a lot of chatter on DC about it, some of it within the past week or two. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/12...

Here's a list of discussions on DC where splenda occurs in the title or somewhere in the original post: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu... and here is the list of all the discussions which have sucralose in the title or original post: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu...

diabetesfree 2011-09-27 11:26:22 -0500 Report

I've never had any problems with Splenda myself. Studies tend to suggest that drinking massive quantities of diet soda with just about any type of artificial sweetener will cause your blood glucose levels to rise though. It is always possible that you could have some sort of allergic reaction to one of the ingredients in Splenda, but I think that most people (diabetics included) have not had serious problems with it.

mebetty 2011-09-27 09:47:17 -0500 Report

My daughter came to me and asked me to stop using Splenda because it was very bad for the liver. I just brushed it off until I got an email from a wellness network I subscribe to wrote an article on Splenda. I can't find it right now, but here are a few other links.

Please read:

Also Diabetic Connection has had several discussions on this topic. Here are the latest two:

The best defense we have is to be informed. Good health to you.

Marytea 2011-09-27 08:58:09 -0500 Report

I have had no problems with Splenda at all. I didn't like stevia (Truvia). For me, a bit of real sugar is good once in a while…just not often.

patcw 2011-09-27 08:18:58 -0500 Report

Splenda tastes nasty and gives me diarreah[sp?]. Haven't check my glucose when I've had Splenda. I use the "natural" sugars like stevia or raw sugar.

Abby888 2011-09-27 08:02:32 -0500 Report

I can't use Splenda because it makes my glucose levels elevated. Plus I suffer from migraine headaches. I'm not sure if Splenda and other artificial sweetners contribute to my headaches but I seem to have them less when I don't use fake sugar.

lacat87 2011-09-28 10:29:59 -0500 Report

Abby…I also believe that Splena raises my blood sugar. I've written to Splenda about this issue and wonder what they will say about it! I'm a Type 1 diabetic as result of having my pancreas removed 1/2010 due to chronic pancreatitis with islet cells transplanted in my liver. New surgery here in Charleston, SC. If I didn't have it, I would end up with pancreatic cancer. So back to your statement…I don't know what else to do regarding using Splenda.

MimiNana 2011-09-27 09:29:59 -0500 Report

My glucose levels don't rise when I use Splenda. I can't use sugar as it is too sweet.I haven't tried anything else. I only use it in my coffee, tea and when I have cereal or oatmeal. But, I want to use it in baking this Christmas as I have some favorite recipes I want to try it in. I don't have headaches, even with my brain tumor that was dianosed Dec.14, 2010. It is shrinking with medication and my whole metabolism changed. My glucose levels I couldn't get up to 90 even after eatting and so I was having extreme sugar lows. So, my doctor changed my med's from glipmetformin to just Metformin and I'm doing fine. I also had lost 40 pounds in 8 weeks when all this was going on and at my last check up in August my A1C had went from 12.1 in Feb. to 5.7!
Thanks for your feedback!