Sucralose (Splenda) & Liver Issues
I have had elevated liver enzymes since my RNY in April of 2010. This, along with other symptoms, was one of the reasons cited to remove my gallbladder this past September. The liver enzymes have come down "some" but are still elevated.
I also continue to have pain in the liver/gallbladder region. I am working with my surgeon's office, my GP and possibly a specialist (based on the results of a recent ultrasound,) but I'm trying to do some resear h of my own to help locate the "offender" to my liver.
There is so much propaganda on the internet about artificial sweetners, it's difficult to ferret out the truth. Just thought I'd ask my reliable network of weight-lossers to see what the word on the street is!
Thanks in advance for your response!
As to the artificial sweeteners, those are good for no one. Stick to stevia or go without.
on 5/5/12 8:51 pm
You are still making bile, all that your doctor removed was the storage place.
Ask them to check for the bile sludge in the duct.
Thank you for the suggestion, but it's definitely not fatty liver disease. I have a very low fat low carb diet. During my gallbladder surgery, surgeon commented that liver looked lean and healthy.
As for the stevia, does it taste bitter to anyone besides me?
I've also heard people recommend trying different brands. We're still very limited on stevia availability in the UK so I've not had the opportunity to try different brands yet.
I can only answer for the stevia, Try different brands. They are very different
from each other. I like Stevia in the Raw, and my nutrtionist loves the Sweet
leaf. I dont. You can also try powder or liquid. The taste varies from those
also. And now they have flavored with vanilla. So there is something out
there for you. Dont give up.
Please the artifical sweetners are really toxic for you. I would try and eat
as clean as possible to help solve your issue with
the liver enzymes.
I had elevated liver enzymes during the first six months post-op, but after that they've always been normal---and I use a good bit of Splenda. I sweeten my tea with it, and drinka gallon of tea each and every day. (I use 1/2 cup of Splenda per gallon of tea.)
I do get reaction form sucralose and other sweeteners ... In my case it is skin8n issue and bladder issue... But since it is chemical - I do believe that when used ass much as we do post op RNY - (at least some of us) it may affect the liver. BTW: the sucralose may have cumulative effect - the longer you used it the more may be stored in your body - and it may take longer for you to clean your body from it. When I used to use it (protein drinks, SF syrups, SF foods, vitamins ...etc) It took me a a while (2-3 weeks) before all my skin cleared. Now - if I use it (sparingly) I may have a few symptoms for 2-3 days (bladder irritation) ... Some people can use that and are fine... but some of us maybe sensitive to that. The only way you know for sure if you can try and give that up for at least a month. (check your vitamins - some chewable use that)
BTW: I do live a pretty much splenda free diet and I do bake and use protein powders - but they are all natural. Same with protein bars. There are some that are very low sugar -carbs - but do not have the chemicals (at least they claim they don't)
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on 5/6/12 10:08 am - waukesha, WI
just because you eat low fat doesn't mean you don't have fatty liver disease. Increase liver enzymes could mean many different thinks. I wouldn't worry about it to much. I have had increase liver enzymes for more than 20 years. The best thing you can do for it is lose weight. Which you did. It could just be a reaction to having your gallbladder remove. It sounds like you are in good hands with your doctors.
Artificial sweetners can be really bad for some and other can tolerate the sweetners. It can cause multiple health problems. I would try to cut down as much as possible. I use stevia and coconut sugar for a sweetner.
Hope you get better soon.