Oh sure, this seems innocent enough...
As most of you know and some of you have seen firsthand, I have numerous vices and sometimes do things that are not so good for my body. I have a love of french fries. And vodka. And red wine. Food is not really a vice - usually - but I just stuffed myself with an obscene amount of Chipotle. And all those whippets I did back in high school almost certainly killed off quite a few brain cells. But I avoid Splenda/sucralose as if my life depends on it. Actually, I think my mental health does depend on it.
Back when Splenda first came out, I bought into the hype and tried it. It was awesome! You could bake with it! It tasted just like sugar! It was MADE from sugar, so it was just like sugar, but better (it's actually some sort of chlorinated sugar)! I even got Mr. Snarky to try it, and he hates all the "next great things" I try to foist on him (often with good reason - thank goodness one of us is a skeptic). And he liked it, too! We weren't using a ton of it - mostly just replacing sugar in our coffee and tea, along with sugar-free gum and the occasional diet soda. Aaaaand then things got weird. We fought. A lot. We were really moody and inexplicably emotional. There was a lot of crying and door slamming for no good reason and we both thought we were losing our minds.
After researching some of our symptoms online, I found people with similar stories about how sucralose had the same effect on them (along with a host of other complaints). Yes, I know, I could probably find a website that says rainbows are dangerous and kittens cause cancer, but if you use Splenda (or feed it to your kids/family) and feel a bit wonky sometimes, cut it out of your diet for a week or a few weeks and see what happens. I'm sure that many people can tolerate sucralose just fine, but I'll bet there are probably some people out there like me who used it and and went a little bonkers. This post is for you.
This has been a Twitarded public service announcement. And don't look for those deceptively happy-looking little yellow packets in the sugar caddies in the Twitardia Diner, twatwaffles. You'll get agave nectar and you'll like it.