Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Dr. Michael Greger has a series called Latest in Clinical Nutrition that talks about health and nutrition studies that were released through the year. Volume 3 (2009) has a section where it talks about all the sweeteners out there and whether they are harmful, helpful, or harmless in chapter 10. (also talks about sugar vs. corn syrup in chapter 7).
I have the CD in the house so if I have time I can look up what was said. But if you want to watch yourself, I found them online:
Part 1: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTU3OTM5OTg4.html (The artificial sweeteners part starts around 17:40)
Part 2: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTU3ODQwOTY4.html
Xylitol apparently causes a laxative-like effect in the body.
I've only experienced it in sugarfree chewing gums too. Never on its own. I think its in most chewing gum, at least the ones I've had (Trident, Orbit, Wrigley's).
Word of caution: it is toxic to dogs!!
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I would doubt it actually tastes right - I've had some of those diabetic candies with sugar alcohols in them, and they taste weird. Why not sucralose (Splenda)? That wouldn't have the potentially bad gastrointestinal effects, and it has no calories.
I'm not a big fan of artificial sweeteners in general, though. I don't like the way they taste, so I prefer to just use less sugar if I'm trying to cut calories.
Keep in mind that sugar alcohols, as was mentioned, can have a gassy/laxative effect in some people. I've never had a problem no matter how much I've consumed.
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I stay far, far away from xylitol. It gives me really bad gas. (The kind that bloats up your stomach until you feel like you are going to explode, and doesn't go away for hours and hours.) One piece of sugar-free gum sends me into severe pain for the remainder of the day.
I have a reaction to it also, although, not as bad as yours. I do not buy anything with it anymore.
Second, Xylitol is amazing. I use it often. It's true that when used in large amounts it can give you diarrhea but that doesn't mean you should shy away from it. It is just as sweet as sugar and can be used in almost anyway sugar can (minus baking recipes that also call for yeast as it kills/deactivates yeast). Plus, it has amazing medicinal benefits:
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