|"I was thrilled to find one of my favorite candies--Mentos--in a sugarfree version. After consuming about 30 of the M&M-sized candies, I was confronted with an almost immediate onset of the first five symptoms listed on your site: bloating, abdominal pain, gas, nausea, and diarrhea. These symptoms lasted several hours and were severe, but I did not make the connection between my illness and the Splenda used in the candies. Instead, I attributed it to eating a large restaurant meal including broccoli and fried chicken. I have never had a history of getting sick for any reason, so this concerned me.
The next evening, fully recovered, I again engaged in my nighttime reading and candy ritual, consuming the same quantity of the same candy. The symptoms were immediate and severe, worse than the previous night. I felt as if my intestines were near the bursting point. At one point, I was sitting on the toilet with the garbage can in my lap because my body was hell-bent on ridding itself of the toxins from both ends! This attack lasted almost 12 hours, leaving me dizzy, weak, and dehydrated.
I can be certain that Splenda is what caused me to get so sick. I am an extremely healthy person, having never taken a sick day from work until today. If an artificial sweetener can incapacitate a healthy person with no known food allergies, then what can it do to the less robust and children?
If Splenda is going to continue to be promoted to the public as a safe alternative to saccharin and other sweeteners, then it needs to be accompanied by a warning label listing possible severe side effects. IT IS VERY IRRESPONSIBLE FOR THE FDA NOT TO REQUIRE SUCH WARNINGS. There is no difference between the discomfort of side effects from medications than from food additives. Despite what the advertisers would have one believe, Splenda is not a natural substsance--it contains a chemically altered form of sucrose (sugar) called sucralose. I know that the dextrose that is also added to the mix is not a problem for my body because I have been drinking a sports supplement (containing only dextrose as the sweetener) and have had no ill effects whatsoever.
I have a couple of diabetic friends and parents on Atkins, so I am going to spread the word fast! Feel free to post my comments on your site."
Thank you S.L. for sharing your story with our visitors.