Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Splenda and my Sore Burning Tongue

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.


  1. Make your own soup! Make a huge batch and store it in your freezer. And whenever you want soup just take out a bag and heat it up on the stove! Healthy, Easy, and you know exactly what goes in it!

  2. I'll just stick with real sugar but less of it, that sounds scary!!