Artificial sweeteners– your experience? Have they made you sick?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
170 posts
Blushing bee

@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
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
9887 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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 # 12
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@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 # 14
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 # 16
9887 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Creiddylad:  My husband likes Stevia but I find it awful, too.  Such a weird taste!

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