|"The other night, while eating some chocolate chip cookies from a bake sale, my tongue went numb. I thought it might be swelling and my throat was burning, as well. I was dizzy, my heart rate was very rapid, and it was difficult to breathe... Let's just say I was freaking out!
I have yet to get a hold of the brand of chocolate used, but I am beginning to think this mixed with my recent switch to a low-carb flavored creamer for my coffee (just noted this evening it had sucralose in it) could have been the cause of these symptoms.
I don't normally eat anything with sucralose, and I only use real sugar when I sweeten things. I have been feeling panicky lately and, the other day when I went for a check-up at the doctor's, I was told I have high blood pressure! I could not think of anything that would be causing it as avoid salt and an not overweight. But, it is starting to look like sucralose is the culprit here with me.
I just dumped out the remaining low-carb creamer and am hoping I will feel better soon. Thanks."
On 28 February 2005, we received an update from K.J.:
"It has been four days since I have stopped using the low-carb creamer and I have not eaten any more of the cookies. I am starting to feel normal again. I shared my newly found knowledge with my walking partner (who drinks coffee with me in the morning) and she admitted that she has felt weird lately, but attributed it to the winter blahs.
On a side note, I was buying cough medicine for my 5-year old daughter a few days back and thank goodness I am now looking at the ingredients in everything. The medicine had sucralose in it! I put it back and found one without it. How awful that they put these sort of ingredients in childrens' medicine!"
Thank you K.J. for sharing your story with our visitors.