Post # 1
I just tried xylitol, a non-sugar sweetener, out for the first time this morning, to sweeten my coffee as I’m on a diet. I probably put 2 teaspoons or so in my coffee. An hour or so after finishing the coffee, I got an unbelievable headache and nausea. Then another couple hours went by and (TMI warning) I ended up rushing to the bathroom with dramatic digestive upset. After that I explored the internet for info and it turns out that stuff about xylitol sweeteners causing diarrhea and headaches is pretty common. Yuck, that stuff is going back to the store– I have enough digestive issues already!!
Have you had weird, unpleasant symptoms after using xylitol or other such sweeteners?
Post # 3
I can’t use artificial sweeteners like Truvia, Stevia, or even worse sweet and low. I get really bad headaches and dizziness. I don’t know what it is, but I won’t touch the stuff. I get the same way from the carmel coloring in pop/soda.
Post # 4
@Creiddylad: I’ve always preferred real sugar over sucralose (Splenda), aspartame, Stevia, etc., but a couple years ago I really had to start avoiding them at all costs, when I learned more about them and noticed the effect they have on me. They give me horrible headaches and nausea and sometimes make me feel like I can’t think. I haven’t had xylitol in anything other than gum and I don’t know much about it. Look up side effects of sucralose and aspartame. You will be disgusted. They can both have serious short-term and long-term effects. Avoiding sugar is a good thing, but really, artificial sweeteners are even worse for you.
Post # 5
I get really bad stomach pains from artificial sweeteners. I can’t even have skinny syrups at Starbucks and I have to be careful with certain types of gum.
Post # 6
They don’t bother me at all, but I don’t use them often. My mom was told to stop using them because they caused (or had an affect on) severe flare-ups of her Restless Leg Syndrome and migraines.
Post # 7
Any sweetner with a name ending with “tol” gives me bad stomach pains! But I can use Splenda with no problem at all, go figure. 🙂
Post # 8
Artificial sweeteners upset my tummy too. I hate the taste of them (well, Splenda is not quite as horrible as the rest) so it isn’t really a big deal, I just avoid them.
Try stevia- I don’t like the taste, but you might, and it is natural. My friend who uses it in her coffee says that to some people it tastes like sugar and to some people it tastes like artifical sweetener. A tiny bit goes a long way, too.
Post # 9
I’ve never had any such problems with them, but haven’t tried them all. I use one here in Europe that isn’t in the US (I forget the name of it now). Just one little packet in my tea and never any problems. I used truvia in my tea when I was in the US. I can’t say what a good subsitute might be for coffee. If you were drinking tea, I’d just say to add honey. :/
Post # 10
I have a hard time with sugar to begin with, but artificial sweeteners make me feel twice as sick. If anything says “sugar free” or “diet” I avoid it like crazy – it’s bound to make me ill.
Well, actually I avoid all types of added sugar – artifical or processed – because I really can’t tolerate it. The side effects for me are bad enough that I adopted a healthy way of eating.
I do chew xylitol gum though – it’s great for calming my sensitive teeth!
Xylitol is known to cause problems with digestion if you’re not used to it, I think. It doesn’t dissolve into the bloodstream, which means it goes directly to your gut.
Why are you using artificial sweeteners?
Maybe you could try honey or maple syrup as a sweetener.
I’ve also heard some decent things about erythritol, though only for cooking, really.
Post # 11
@vermonster: I have tried stevia– I think it’s gross too. It’s a really weird sort of sweetness that mostly appears after you swallow the stevia-laden thing. I guess I’d rather eat sugar and not have a stomach and headache, and have to exercise a little more, after today’s revolting experiment!
I didn’t think so many people would even pay attention to this post! Looks like atrificial sweeteners are really as bad as I thought they were (for some reason I thought xylitol was the exception, but no). Stevia is the only one I can tolerate, but I find it disgusting!
Post # 12
@megz06: Stevia isn’t artificial, it’s a natural sweetener!
I used to drink diet pepsi (aspertame) and I started getting seizures. As soon as I stopped drinking it, I never had one again
@Creiddylad: If you’re a soda drinker, try Zevia. It’s naturally sweetened with Stevia and it zero calories! Perfect for a diet
Post # 13
@CakeyP: I was just trying xylitol out– I usually NEVER use artificial anything and much prefer raw honey or maple syrup in things. . . I am trying a bunch of different things because I am trying to lose some weight and right now don’t always have enough time to exercise as much as I would like. It was an unfortunate experiment, and a dumb one since I am usually very into eating natural, whole foods only.
Post # 14
I can’t use any artificial sweeteners without serious digestive upset either which is sad because I really love some sugar free candies. 🙁 I used to be able to handle sucralose and stevia but I haven’t been able to tolerate those either since my digestive issues got worse. In a way it makes me feel better to see other people have issues with them, I’ve never met anyone else in person with the same problem.
Post # 15
@abc123joanna: Thanks, my roommate drinks that and likes it! I’m not a soda drinker at all though. I prefer having kombucha. 🙂
Post # 16
@Creiddylad: My husband likes Stevia but I find it awful, too. Such a weird taste!