This morning, I did something I should have done a long time ago. I tossed my splenda. It was difficult, especially since I’m obsessed with the Almond flavor syrup. Reluctantly, I poured it down the drain and inhaled its delicious scent for the last time. For as long as I’ve been drinking coffee, I’ve used splenda to sweeten it. I thought this was better than using real sugar because it was calorie free and “sugar free.” What I didn’t know was that it was made from harmful chemicals, and now artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancers and a number of other diseases and conditions. Among these; headaches and dizziness.
For the past year and a half I’ve been getting headaches, silent migraines, and random bouts of dizziness. I saw a specialist a couple weeks ago and they did some hearing tests and balance tests, but I passed them all. He gave me a list of foods that can trigger migraines, which basically has every food known to man! The one thing that jumped out at me was nuts and nut butters, which I eat on a daily basis. I refused to stop eating that, so I decided to stop drinking coffee and see where that got me. It definitely helped, but I have a sneaking suspicion it was actually the splenda, since I was no longer having that either. I still drink green tea and herbal teas, but I’ve learned to drink them unsweetened or with German Rock sugar from Teavana. Artificial sweeteners may seem like a sweet deal (ha), but don’t be fooled like I was.