Pet Peeve #37: Sucralose

Can you guess which one I tried?

The other day a friend told me about a new line of drinks they had discovered. It’s this brand called Neuro, and each of the 8 different varieties contain a different mix of ingredients that have very different effects.

For example, my friend had recently tried the NeuroSleep drink, and she said she passed out on her couch halfway through the bottle. Usually I’m pretty dubious about these types of drinks, but her testimonial made me curious.

So I ran out to Walgreens to buy a few bottles. Naturally I had to try NeuroGasm, which “provides you with the right type of energy when you need it most.”

However, one sip in and I realized that the drink contained one of my biggest pet peeves: fake sugar.

Fake sugar is the bane of my existence. I’ll get a headache within 30 minutes of drinking or eating something containing fake sugar.Plus, to me, it doesn’t taste good at all.

Really, this is a personal pet peeve–I’m not trying to convince someone that they shouldn’t consume drinks with fake sugar. It’s just annoying when I encounter what would be a perfectly delicious drink and then I realize that it contains sucralose or one of its variants.

Does anyone else have this problem?

13 thoughts on “Pet Peeve #37: Sucralose”

  1. No, I don’t have this problem. I know a few other people who don’t drink fake sugar for various reasons, and I don’t blame them.

    I haven’t seen these drinks yet, but I’ll be on the lookout.

  2. I don’t get headaches, but I have to agree that I really don’t like the flavor. I’d much rather have real sugar and deal with the calories etc. Bummer since I’m also intrigued to try those drinks!

  3. I am SO with you. I detest fake sugar. One time I tasted some cookies that had been made with Splenda instead of sugar and I swear the aftertaste is still lingering.

  4. There’s nothing worse than Diet Coke (or similar diet beverages). I’d give up sodey pop cold turkey if I couldn’t drink the real stuff.

  5. I’m glad there are others out there like me! Christine, I’d say exactly what you said: I’d rather burn the calories and have the real thing.

    I think that Diet Coke is the number 2 soda in America (next to Coke), so obviously a large number of people like the fake sugar flavor too.

  6. I am amazed when ‘diet drinking folks’ claim they like the taste better than sugar. I am also equally amazed when ‘sucralose avoiding folk’ can taste the culprit with one sip. The flavor is very different than cane sugar.

    Interesting note, I shared a Fitz’s cream soda this weekend with someone and did not tell them it was made with cane sugar. After one sip, he looked at me and said ‘wow it is really good’ I say ‘Yea for cane sugar’.

  7. When I first look at the picture, I thought you were going to talk about some fruity shampoo or body wash and thought they put sucralose in that stuff!?

    Anyway, I’m not surprised you went ahead to try that neuro-gasm by the posts that you’ve been posting. I kinda laughed and thought of all kinds of Chinese supplements that are suppose to help… uhh… you know. Well, I found a site that talks about the usefulness of sea horses, bears, and tigers. They got some gruesome pictures. Just so you know.

    • I forgot to write my point. With all that natural remedies, there’s no sucralose! Yay! Done.

      You know, this is not as bad as not knowing you are drinking flavor water when you are expecting regular cold refreshing water after a long talk of what to do with the rest of your college career.

  8. You know how the person who first put lettuce on tacos is at the top of my “historical people I’d go back in time and kill if I could”? Well, whoever invented fake sugar is also on that list. Not as high as the lettuce/taco guy, but on it.

  9. Oh yes, count me in your anti-sucralose hoarde. I’m not going to say I always recognize it right away, but I usually do, and it’s horrible. I’d much rather food companies just used less sugar than resorted to that stuff–tastes wrong in so many ways. And I’m convinced it’s addictive for those who like it. Do not try to separate those masses of Diet Coke drinkers from their beverages.

    • That’s a good point…Diet Coke drinkers do seem more attached to their drinks than other soda drinkers. Maybe it’s not a coincidence…


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