Sugar alcohols such as splenda can cause diarrhea. In addition, Phenylalanine (Aspartame) can cause irreversible brain damage and death.
Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 8/31/2007 4:02:55 PM (GMT-6)
I totally agree, and ditto everything pb4 has said. Many testimonials have been shared about the dangers and effects of Splenda and aspartame. Splenda (sucralose) is basically chlorinated table sugar and may have many of the risks of chlorine. Personally for me, I never used to be affected with Splenda, or at least I didn't think so, until I eliminated it from my diet, and started noticing my IBD symptoms diminished when I stayed away from it. I recommend Stevia, as well.
Lots of the sugar free products have a warning on the back. Some even say, "May have laxative effect."
I am constantly constipated and if I eat that junk I get horrible gas pains and still can't go. I try to eat all natural stuff and nothing processed, anyway, but sugar substitute is garbage IMO. (Frozen dinners and packaged granola bars just bother me,too. )The one time I had Splenda my toungue went numb. That is scary. If I am going to indulge then I go for the real stuff.
I can't use artificial sweeteners either - Nutrasweet (aspartame) gives me an instant headache, and splenda doesn't taste sweet to me. I don't do well with Stevia either (caused my tongue to tingle & swell, I felt nauseated, and overall more "sick" feeling). I also get sick from corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. I do best with organic maple syrup, unsulfured molasses, occasional honey, and occasional real cane sugar.