Scattered around the internet are reports of Spenda (sucralose) side effects.
Theses are often detailed stories of health conditions that miraculously disappeared once Spenda was cut from the diet.
Advocacy group Citizens for Health pushed for the FDA to revoke the artificial sweetener Splenda.
Consumers have begun to allege that they have suffered health side effects from use of the artificial sweetener. These grievances about health effects range from skin rashes, to headaches, to severe gastrointestinal problems.
Since this article was published 562 people commented and many reported side effects. Some are quite bazaar if you read through some of the entries.
Splenda (brand name for sucralose) has always been viewed as one of the ‘safer’ sweeteners (see more here). There is no way that manufacturers (Tate & Lyle) will wear this. Artificial sweeteners are a massive industry and Splenda is right up there.
According to a Reuters article
McNeil Nutritionals said more than 100 studies have found sucralose safe. But Citizens for Health said studies in people were never conducted with Splenda.
Laura Tarantino, director of the FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety, said there is a reporting system for food-related problems but it showed no evidence of a Splenda trend.
“It is very difficult to track these (problems) because when someone eats something and then has a stomach ache it’s very difficult for anybody to know what it relates back to,” she said.
Somewhere in the Middle
Food-related health complaints are very difficult to track, and generally follow a carefully controlled elimination diet in order to pinpoint the offending foods.
However, when anecdotal evidence begins to mount, then it is time to dig deeper. Just don’t expect Splenda’s owners (Johnson & Johnson / McNeil Nutritionals) to start paying for studies that show their ‘star’ product may have health risks.
Many people have allergic reactions or low-level intolerances to a number of foods; dairy, soy, wheat, nuts, eggs. When you have a problem with food – you just avoid it – but that doesn’t mean everyone else should avoid it as well.
UPDATE: See exactly which sweeteners the FDA approves here.
Have you had any suspected side effects from using Splenda?