ann type 2
By ann type 2 Latest Reply 2010-08-28 13:12:02 -0500
Started 2010-08-15 10:19:57 -0500

I was buying sugar free icecream and kept getting horrific bloating and gas.
It took me a few days to figure out that only a few minutes after eating the icecream that my stomach felt like a balloon inside and it would cause me to pass gas for the entire night. I looked at the ingredients and noticed that splenda was in it and looked up on my computer the side effects of it and sure enough there was a huge list. Now I don't what to use in the place of sugar. I am afraid of getting the horrific pains and gas again.

Tags: weight loss

40 replies

Gemm 2010-08-28 13:12:02 -0500 Report

My husband gets that also from many sugar-free products but it isn't the sucralose that does it for him but the sweeteners that often accompany them that all end in 'tol' such as sorbitol, malitol etc. Those are well known to cause stomach problems in many people. I get a bit of extra gas from them but not the horrid stuff my husband does so I just keep on eating them.
We use sucralose products in almost everything we eat that we want sweetened and have no problems from it alone.

I can't use anything with either aspartame or saccharin in them as I was diagnosed as allergic to both of those many years ago. I get horribly ill to my stomach, extreme headaches and rashes from consuming even small amounts of either of them. That allergy was what 1st started me to become an avid label reader and it has payed off many times over as other health problems have started. It also meant that I had to also learn all the "alternative" names that have been used for those and similar products though sometimes it is really hard to know what some are.

That's one reason I try to make as much of our food products as I can myself. That way I know exactly what we are eating. I've recently begun making our own ice creams and frozen yogurts too (about time we put that old ice cream freezer from the attic to use LOL). I've been making all our jams, jellies, baked goods etc for some years. It really isn't as hard as many people think and for us it is well worth the effort as both my husband and I are diabetic and also need to watch fats, salt and other things in our diets. By making things myself, even canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, we know exactly what we are eating and can control the amount of sweeteners, salt etc we are putting in our foods. I've also recently been trying to find recipes for making some of our own salad dressings - haven't tried any yet though have found a few promising ones.

LennyDenny 2010-08-26 14:07:40 -0500 Report

I have used Splenda in iced tea and coffee with no problems. When I eat sugar free ice cream I also have a problem with it. Dairy is not a problem I drink a lot of 1% milk so I can only assume that it is something in the ice cream. Check the ingredients in different kind of ice cream.

Kathy Cook
Kathy Cook 2010-08-26 13:58:53 -0500 Report

I use Splenda & have never had any side effects. I looked it up on the Internet & found out that the sweetening agents (2) are not metabolized well by the body & most of it is lost through the kidneys. So, it shouldn't cause any problems.

Hope this helps.

MAYS 2010-08-21 18:45:54 -0500 Report

I'm just curious, are you sure that the gas and bloating symptoms are related to Splenda?
Gas and bloating associated with consuming dairy products, is normally a sign of a person being lactose intolerant.


ann type 2
ann type 2 2010-08-26 09:07:31 -0500 Report

Yes I am sure that it is from the splenda. I ate regular icecream and didn't feel sick but as soon as I ate the icecream with the splenda my insides became extremely bloated and very painfu and I passed gas for the entire night.

Roy531 2010-08-26 13:20:40 -0500 Report

Look and see if the ice cream has one of these ingredients in it, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, and maltitol, they will cause gas, they do for me anyway but I use Splenda for baking and it has never caused gas for me.

Antique-Dave 2010-08-21 12:33:39 -0500 Report

I use Stevia if I am putting it something, if it is already in a product like Splenda is I will drink a glass of fiber as it seems to settle everything down, and the fiber is good for you anyways,

AmandaJane 2010-08-21 08:25:59 -0500 Report

I have tried several times to use Splenda and every time it makes me itch. My arms, ears and eyes are the main places. It is no fun so I won't be using it.

KatStuff 2010-08-21 07:28:58 -0500 Report

Hello All- I am new at this so if I do it wrong let me know. I saw this post on the list of discussions and had to chime in. I tried using Splenda instead of sugar and both me and my husband got sick. At first we couldn't figure it out then we started the process of elimination and found it to be the Splenda. Now if I drink or eat anything with it I get sick.

mom4sons 2010-08-21 08:18:57 -0500 Report

Hello, I am new here and found the discussion interesting. I know several people who are not able to have Spenda encluding me. My husband and I use several types. Drinkables Fruits and Vegetable are liquids and can be used in anything. Emerald Forest has a sweetener with Xylitol that works too. We have had no bad effects from these and it does satify ones "sweet tooth".

Shelley61 2010-08-21 16:20:55 -0500 Report

Hello, I have been using Splenda since it came out and I have not had any problems at all. Sorry to hear that it bothers your stomach. What are you using instead?

ann type 2
ann type 2 2010-08-26 09:09:52 -0500 Report

Right now I just avoid putting any sort of sweetener on my food and instead of getting sugar free icecream I get the low fat .

22froggy 2010-08-19 09:44:03 -0500 Report

I`m a pre- diabetic and have not had to take any meds: yet. my doc. gave me 2 months to lose some weight or I will be taken meds: I have been using slenda and also have a lot of gas. thanks for the info: wasn`t sure what I was eating to make me have all the gas & pains.

ann type 2
ann type 2 2010-08-26 12:52:22 -0500 Report

I am glad that this info helped you . Good luck with the weight loss. It took me a month of living on rice crispies with skim milk for breakfast, low fat cottage cheese for lunch, and a 4oz piece of meat and veggies on the side,to finally loose 18 pounds.

POSTRES 2010-08-18 22:22:30 -0500 Report

I have had the same problem with the ice cream, but I use Splenda for other foods and I don't have a problem.. I currently have the bloating going on for the past several months. I also use 1/8 cup to a gallon of Kool Aide daily. I never related the bloating to Splenda.

Guardianstone 2010-08-17 23:56:48 -0500 Report

I have used sweet n low since 1982 and have no problems. all the others I have tried have made me ill. I found out about the problems with sugar free candy the hard way, before being diagnosed with diabetes. I have learned to modify a few of the "sweets" recipies in my no sugar cookbooks to sweet n low with some good results.

Guardian stone

Roy531 2010-08-17 15:00:33 -0500 Report

I use splenda when baking never had any side affects from it, candy or cookies that I have bought I do have a problem but it usually contains one of these products that have been out I think longer than splenda and have always had a problem with them, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, and maltitol, If I eat too much of one of these it tears my stomach up.


ajm1125 2010-08-17 14:45:17 -0500 Report

I've experienced something similar with sugar free candy in the past. It's the sugar alchohols that are probably messing with your tummy. I can use Splenda without any issues in my coffee, but I prefer to use Truvia or Stevia in the Raw. Not many places have it so I just carry it with me. As for the ice cream, what about trying the lower fat? And just a small amount, then watching your carbs. Remember that moderation really is the key to good health.

Lymy 2010-08-17 10:52:43 -0500 Report

I have been using Splenda since before I was officially diagnosed as a diabetic. I wrote an article to DC because the only problem I seemed to have was that it did not measure out spoon for spoon, especially when it came to cooking with it. I like the fact that there is no over sweetening taste to it.

I can honestly say I feel great using it and I am sorry that it did not work as well for you as it did for me. There are new productcts being introducted to the narket place almost daily.

After you try some of the other brands write us an update and see which is your preference.



judylynn4168 2010-08-17 10:33:41 -0500 Report

wel i have taste Slenda ,but it cost more and no i didnt have a side effect.Its realy good .I buy generick for Equel and i like it .i like to try others to taste them and maybe i,ll try stevia and try that too.have a good day everyone .JUDY

billywsgurl 2010-08-17 09:48:24 -0500 Report

Please pull up the article "sweet poison" It tells you what the ingredient aspartane breaks down to in your body.It isn't pretty. The stevia plant is a natural sweetner and is really a sweeter taste than sugar.

For me, I never used any artificial sweetner, one, I could not get past the aftertaste, second, any time I have tried artificial sweetners, I develope a headache that borders on a migrain. My mother was the same way. My deduction is that we both had an allergy to something that is common in artificial sweetners.

So I either use stevia, or regular sugar and figure it in with my food allowances. I am finding that balance and moderation are key to my diet and medication

Thomas508 2010-08-17 10:17:05 -0500 Report

Aspartame is NutriSweet and Equal not Splenda. Splenda is sucralose. Sucralose is Sucrose (table sugar) that has been manipulated. I am not saying that it is perfectly safe but it is completly different product than aspertame or any other artificial sweetner on the market. My body does not handle aspartame at all so I avoid anything with nutrisweet or equal in it but sucralose (Splenda) has no effect on me that I can see so I do use Splenda some, I also use Stevia and sugar in moderation.

billywsgurl 2010-08-22 20:24:22 -0500 Report

Thanks for the response, If you can use splenda, great, but evidently there is something that is a common ingredient over and above aspertane that will not agree with me. so I use reg. sugar or nothing. I am trying to get used to using stevia. I was unaware of it until a coulpe of yrs agoe when a customer of mine when I worked for Lowes told me about it. IO have even tried growing the plant. haven't totally switched, but so far so good.

ann type 2
ann type 2 2010-08-15 20:40:10 -0500 Report

I just wanted to say thank you to all that have responded. Since I have been diagnosed I have said goodbye to adding any type of sweetener on my foods. The icecream that I had purchased said sugar free but had the splenda in its place. I will definately consider my options thanks to you all when it comes to other products that are available and now I will definately check my food items a little better before I purchase them.

jayabee52 2010-08-15 21:28:00 -0500 Report

Howdy ann

You may certainly do that if you wish

IF you want to sweeten things, you most certainly can as a DM T2, you just need to find and learn works for you. Not every non glucose sweeteners will have that effect that Splenda had on you. Just keep testing and trying new things.

Blessings to you and yours


sugarsugar7 2010-08-15 23:54:05 -0500 Report

Hi just wanted everyone to Look up "SWEET POSION". You can put in google's search button, and it will come up with many websites. Read the dangers of it. Please use the natural sugars STEVIA. Its more healthy for you all. And please read all labels.
Thanks Ann for being wise and smart to read the labels. SPLENDA is not good!!!

jayabee52 2010-08-15 20:21:51 -0500 Report

I have had gas and diaharrea (aka "hershey squirts") if I have more that 2 - 8 oz soda cans sweetened with it. With me it seems OK if I limit myself to 1 can of soda with it, don't seem to have a problem at that level. But I avoid Splenda completely. I no longer drink sodas (sugared or sugar free) and use the sweet n low (the pink packets) in my iced tea, with which I have never had a problem with that at all.

newbie51 2010-08-15 20:11:06 -0500 Report

I use Splenda myself but only on my cereal, in my coffee sand in my hot tea. I don't use anything in my cold tea. So far I haven't noticed any problems with it. My husband even uses it in his coffee. Thanks for the info on heree. I am glad I joined.

alanbossman 2010-08-15 19:58:00 -0500 Report

I only eat things with splenda in them already like ice cream, crystel lite. I dont have a problem with splenda.

Kaiyle 2010-08-15 11:54:07 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry that you are experiencing side effects with Splenda. I haven't had any side effects with it myself. I don't use it everyday, but when my dishes need to be sweetened good, I use Splenda. Otherwise, I use truvia which is not quite as sweet and sun crystals (stevia) which is a little bit sweeter than truvia. I haven't had any side effects with these two either. I think you would like them both.

jaclyncrystal 2010-08-15 14:43:54 -0500 Report

my husband was using splenda until he found out that is really not that healthy for you, now he uses honey(he is not D) and I have learned to eat foods with nothing on them, try and buy a chilled coffee and have the staff look at you as if you had two head when you say no sweater of any kind. If i was to need some sweatner moderation is the key I would just use a little sugar and be done with it. jackie

supermandown 2010-08-15 11:50:01 -0500 Report

I use Truvia and it doesn't seem to give me gas or bloating like splenda does. Although some of the things I do like have splenda already in it.

RAYT721 2010-08-15 11:41:47 -0500 Report

There are a number of sugar substitutes out there, each with its own set of pros and cons. With everyone's body and system being different what works for one won't work for another. I do try to limit my sweetener use because I find moderation is the key to control. Explore the options.

monkeymama 2010-08-15 11:27:09 -0500 Report

There is something called Truvia and Stevia in the grocery stores. It would be in the same place as where you got the Splenda from. There are some people who experience issues with Splenda much like other sweeteners as well. Go online to www.truvia.com or go to www.stevia.com and see if you can get a sample to see how these effect you before you buy it.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-08-15 17:41:20 -0500 Report

I have always used splenda in my coffee and have never had any problems with it. I haven't used truvia as of yet but plan on buying some next time I go to the store.

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