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Artificial sweetener gives me headaches- advice, please?

Discussion in 'General E-Liquid Discussion' started by KirLog, Jan 31, 2011.

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  1. KirLog

    KirLog Full Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    I just recently purchased two 60ml bottles of e-juice[blueberry and wintergreen] and did not realize that they use aspartame and such in the sweet flavors [I probably shoulda guessed, since I already know nutrasweet doesn't mix well with me, but I didn't imagine it'd even be vapable]. Now I'm getting headaches and nausea when I vape to the point I'm actually going back to analogs since I ran out of the menthol flavor I was using before.

    Are there any sweet e-juices that use sweeteners that don't have these side effects, or should I just avoid all sweet flavors in the future? Also, should I put these up on the trade board in this forum? They're cheaper juice[top vapor from madvapes], but I've heard a lot of people say they like these flavors. I just can't endure the side-effects.
  2. upStomp

    upStomp Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 5, 2010
    North Central Mass
    MadVapes uses Aspartame in their juice? That's a new one on me. I only order hardware from them (most TopVapor juice is too perfumey for me), but that's good to know.
  3. KirLog

    KirLog Full Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Sorry if I am unintentionally being misleading. To clarify: I'm not SURE what artificial sweetener they use, but to me it tastes like, and has the same nasty side effects with me, as does aspartame. I was going to write them earlier and ask, but they didn't seem to a contact e-mail listed and I didn't have time to call.

    Does anyone here know?
  4. ShannonS

    ShannonS Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 18, 2009
    Las Colinas, TX
    I don't think that inhaling natural sugars is a good idea for a couple of reasons, not really going to go into all of them here. I know that a lot of vendors use liquid surcalose, likely because it is heat stable and aspertame is not. You can DIY and use stevia to sweeten your juice or buy non-sweet juice and add stevia, if that is a sweetener you can tolerate.

    If you have an intolerance for all artificial sweeteners, it would probably be safest to stick with unflavored nicotine juice, since many flavors can have undisclosed artificial sweeteners in them.

    Quitting analogs and getting too much nicotine can also cause similar symptoms. Are you certain it is from a sweetener and not another cause?
  5. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    I use liquid stevia in my juices. I haven't had any atty issues with it,and unlike sucralose it doesn't leave a funky chemical sweet aftertaste either
  6. upStomp

    upStomp Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 5, 2010
    North Central Mass
    How does Ethyl Maltol compare as far as chemical taste? I've tasted plenty of sweet juices, but very few have a chemical after-taste.
  7. John Edwards

    John Edwards Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 28, 2010
    Tunnell Hill, GA
    i normally use sucralose and i do beleive i know what you mean on the funky chemical aftertaste... so were can i get stevia?
  8. Zurd

    Zurd Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 10, 2010
    And you're telling this just after I received a bottle of Splendex, maybe I shouldn't have purchased it. Any other side effects those sweeteners can do? Like leaving lots of residue in atomizers? I tought they were safe to vape.
  9. juicejunky

    juicejunky Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 22, 2011
    Check out vaperite ejuices. The organic ones contain no sweetener at all and none of the juices Todd sells use Stevia.
  10. silkakc

    silkakc Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    Canandaigua, NY

    I get headaches too from some juices. I ordered a bunch from Bluemist vaping and get a headache within 30 seconds of vaping them! Does it hit you like a needle in your forehead- dead center up near the hairline? It's such a distinct headache from Nutrasweet and Aspartame!

    I have vaped 12 flavors from Kick Bass Vapor and they were all dessert flavors and tasted wonderful and gave me no headache!! Try them:Kick Bass Vapor

    And I've tried using EM/Cotton Candy in my DIY juices and that doesn't cause me any head aches!!

    Good luck,
  11. upStomp

    upStomp Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 5, 2010
    North Central Mass
    That's what I was hoping someone would say.
  12. justboringsarah

    justboringsarah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    I got my Stevia from GNC. It's a liquid extract,the only ingredients are stevia,vegetable glycerin and PGA
  13. hpjrt

    hpjrt Full Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    S.W. Ontario
    While I don't know about the e-juices ... I know that Stevia often leaves an odd and bitter aftertaste when using it in cooking etc.

    Bear in mind that VG is a natural sugar as well. It's quite sweet actually.

    I'd hope that if you contacted the vendor of the e-juices, they could tell you what the ingredients are.


  14. Some1OnThisForum

    Some1OnThisForum Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 16, 2011
    I too get headaches from these sweeteners =(
  15. scalewiz

    scalewiz Moved On ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2011
    NOW Healthy Foods - BetterSteviaI sometimes use this; can't remember exactly where I found it, but I know it can be gotten online and in health food stores. Contains only Stevia, VG and water; no alcohol.

    Use it sparingly. Typically I don't go over 1 drop in 3 ml of juice to sweeten. Too much and it can get a chemical aftertaste reminescent of Saccharin.
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