Off Topic: Splenda = Yuck
I don’t think I’ve written about this before, but I generally avoid artificial sweeteners such as those in diet soda because they cause me to feel terrible for hours. We’re talking flushing, headache, severe intestinal cramps, a weird, dizzy, out of it feeling, the works. Every once in a while, I miss that I’ve been given a diet soda because I’ve eaten something spicy and don’t taste it right away, or the ingredient isn’t prominent on the label. And yes, it happens without my having read anything “scary” about aspartame on the internet, and yes, it happens every time, as it happens to my mom and all of her sisters (which I only found out after the fact).
Until today, I hadn’t tried anything with Splenda (sucralose), because I generally just avoid anything with a sugar substitute. I didn’t mean to try it, actually – the workplace was handing out “heart healthy” snacks, and I grabbed a bottle of water and took a few fast gulps before realizing that what I actually had was lemon-flavored water with Splenda. Holy cursewords, that was nasty. Isn’t this the stuff they advertised as tasting like sugar? It tasted like chemical warfare in my mouth for two hours, or, just like the other fake sweeteners. The only upside was that it didn’t wreck my digestive system.
I don’t know how you people can stand the taste of this stuff. I’d rather drink nothing but plain water forever than have that taste in my mouth.