I know you have heard until you are tired of hearing it about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, but I just wanted to let you know a personal experience.
My rheumy is almost positive that artificial sweeteners of any kind and any amount trigger my lupus nervous system events. I have been keeping a journal at the insistence of his nurse from a few months ago... and how interesting it has proven to be! EVERY TIME I am exposed to an artificial sweetener, I have a CNS flare. The culprits have included sugarless gum, diet soda, yogurt, and childrens benadryl (sorbitol). It may be a small flare or it may be horrible like the one I just went through. Coincidence? I doubt it. The sweeteners I have reacted to as they are listed on the labeling are:
Splenda (also listed as Sucralose)
Aspartame (which I avoid anyway!)
Please, please be careful!! If you are drinking diet sodas, or eating foods with these ingredients, please reconsider. I know we are all different, but Im not having these reactions for no reason... there is something in these chemicals triggering my immune system in these chemicals. And thats exactly what they are, chemicals. Splenda is the Chlorine molecule, with one atom changed... and you know how poison chlorine is to our bodies.
I love you all... please dont think I'm overreacting. I want you all to be safe and well. Im reading labels with a diligence now.
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Crohns, Lupus (SLE) Jan 08, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections, Cellcept, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec