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US group questions artificial sweetener Splenda

Splenda is a key product for Tate & Lyle, accounting for about 20 percent of the company's profit. The London-based ingredient maker controls sales to food and drink makers while McNeil sells the product to retailers.

Recent competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which began selling its own sweetener, Altern, in February, have threatened Splenda and put pressure on Tate's shares.

McNeil Nutritionals said more than 100 studies have found sucralose safe. But Citizens for Health said studies in people were never conducted with Splenda.

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Posted on April 5, 2006 in Splenda Toxicity | Link To This Entry | Comments (4)


Posted by: vera vansickle on April 27, 2006 9:36 AM

I am a diabetic and had been using Splenda pretty heavily since my diagnosis in July, 2004. Some of the other sweetners made me have headaches so was getting along pretty well with Splenda.

However in the Fall of 2005, I started with other pain which was diagnosed as Trigeminal Neuralgia. Very painful!! My doctor put me on Tegretol which helped right away. After reading about the dangers of Splenda I decided to completely quit using it. Just recently I quit the Tegretol also to see what happened and the pain has not come back. Is is possible the Splenda was the culprit??


Posted by: Don Sabourin on May 29, 2006 1:39 AM

I would be very careful with the trigeminal neuralgia and the Splenda. Trigeminal Neuralgia can come and go with patients. Make sure to tell your doctor that your symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia have decresed and you have stopped the medication


Posted by: J. Martin on July 4, 2006 2:30 PM

I have had the same result - I've had trigeminal neuralgia for over 30 years but I've never had an attack as bad as the one I had last Christmas. I did an enormous amount of research and came up with Splenda as the probable culprit. I didn't use it before and I sure am careful now. I'm still having attacks. I'd had a peaceful couple of years, but I guess that's over now.


Posted by: Lucy Watkins on July 8, 2006 5:16 PM

Dear Vera,

I have to agree with Don. Please keep your doctor informed about what you are doing. We've yet to hear of your type of symptoms associated with Splenda use. As I understand it, your issues surround your facial area. Correct?

What we've seen is mostly aching joints and muscles, headaches, fogginess, and gastrointestinal pain.

Still, I truly believe Splenda is not healthy to consume ESPECIALLY when you are sick.

Good luck to you. Let us know your progress and remember to always keep your doctor informed.



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