Topic: SPLENDA and LOW Blood Sugar Levels
Dr. Hull: I recently attended a house warming party of a friend of mine. She was serving mojitos, and knowing of my low-carb lifestyle (I get my carbs from vegetables and fruits, and occasional whole grains) she purchased Splenda to use in my mojito instead of sugar. I had three mojitos, and before the night was over suffered what I believe to be a severe drop in blood sugar. (WAY beyond the normal effect of the rum alone! It is now Monday, and I'm still shaky.) Prior to the party I had a diet peach tea from a convenience store, sweetened with ??? (my guess is Nutrasweet); also I worked out at the gym before having a dinner of chicken breasts, peppers and green and yellow beans. Could the Splenda be the culprit which made my blood sugar levels drop so badly, in conjunction with the rum in those three drinks? I know this is supposed to occur with aspartame. I have in the past had more mojitos than simply three over a 5-6 hour course of a night, sweetened with normal sugar, and have never experienced this kind of reaction.