As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with diabetes in July. Since then, I have lost 15 pounds and my sugar is closer to normal than it has been in a long time. In my effort to lose the weight and keep a more healthy blood sugar level, I have changed my diet and made exercise a part of my day.
One thing I've missed is soda. I never was a really big soda drinker but I would have maybe three or four a week. However, all that sugar is now a big no no. So, I started drinking diet drinks. To my surprise, they were quite good, especially diet Dr. Pepper or diet rootbeer. After a while, I really could not tell the difference between a full sugar drink and these diet drinks. So, I would have one or two a day.
Then I noticed something. I started developing very sore bumps on my tongue. I've had bumps on my tongue before but these were quite painful and stayed with me for a lot longer than the normal bumps I've had in the past. I figured it was the diet soda, more specicially, maybe the citric acid that so many sodas have in them. So, I stopped drinking them....for about two weeks. Then I caved in and bought more. I went back to my two drink a day habit. After a while, the bumps came back. However, another disturbing new symptom emerged. I developed a very irritated burning tongue. I've never had this before. I decided to quit the sodas again . . . for three days. Burning went away and the bumps. Then, one day, while at my mother-in-law's house, I noticed she had diet coke. So, I had a couple of glasses. Within about an hour, the burning started again. I finally put two and two together and realized is must be the diet drinks. But what was it in the diet drinks? I've known for a while that sucrolose (aka Splenda) is probably not the best thing to put into your body but I never had a reaction to it before. I decided to consult the internet. I was quite surprised to learn that a burning tongue is quite a common symptom after drinking anything with Splenda in it. I found that Splenda has quite a dark side to it. It is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation.
So, after reading up on Splenda I decided to just go cold turkey. I'm now back to my flavored seltzer water with a bit of juice in it. Now, if I could just find a good canned soup without MSG in it. More on MSG in a later post.