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  • I can only eat one kind of sugar-free candy (if I don't eat too much at one time) without getting the runs. I've only looked at the ingredients of that kind which has malitol. I wonder if the others have several types of sugar alcohols. - 8/5/2016 8:04:38 PM
  • Does anyone else have this problem? Sugar alcohol or anything with sugar alcohol makes me very nauseated and sick. I have tried different items, when I start to feel the nausea, I look at the ingredients and always have an issue with the sugar alcohol. I am unable to consume anything with sugar alcohol, anyone else experience this? Thanks - 8/5/2016 9:42:18 AM
  • I find the sugar alcohol gives me intestnal problems. Splenda is the only artifical sweetener that doesn't give me problems even though I have about 8 ounces of ice tea with equal once a day. My doctor doesn't recommend any artifical sweeteners, He feels small amount of regular sugar and watching the carbs is better. - 8/4/2016 12:38:56 PM
  • TONWEN
    "For some people, consuming certain sugar alcohols in excessive amounts may cause gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, bloating and diarrhea."

    Well, if you consider eating 2 pieces of candy that contain sugar alcohols to be excessive, ok. Any time I have ever tried sugar alcohols, I get sick. It doesn't matter how small a serving of whatever the food that I am eating is. Everyone I know who has tried sugar alcohols have had the same reaction. I can hardly say that my exposure to the effects of sugar alcohol is representative of people in general, but I would caution anyone trying them for the first time to try VERY limited amounts. - 8/4/2016 9:21:32 AM
  • SGTCEDAR
    I can use Equal but Spenda and similar products make me sick. I get diarrhea but that could be related to having a history of ulcerative colitis. - 7/30/2015 8:23:22 PM
  • A couple of years ago I was extremely sick. After a lot of testing it was determined I am allergic to these sweeteners. Splenda and Equal are no problem for me. - 7/30/2015 1:59:46 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    A while back I decided to try some of the name-brand chocolate candies that are sugar-free. They contain sugar alcohols. The result? gas, bloating, diarrhea - and I only ate a couple of pieces.

    If you're interested in what sugar alcohols really are, google. Here's one explanation. Choose for yourself.

    http://www.ynhh.org/about-us/sugar_alcoh
    ol.aspx - 7/30/2015 12:34:25 PM
  • I use them sometimes. And for those people who say they're poisonous to dogs, so is your diet! You may NOT feed a dog people food and expect it to be okay. Ask any vet. This is unacceptable. And the same goes for cats. The human diet is poisonous to cats as well. These animals are not us. Do not give them any of your food, feed them food that is formulated for them. Their dietary needs are unique to their respective species. - 4/4/2015 7:36:06 PM
  • ENDLESSUMMER21
    I a diabetic have been for about 14 years and became insulin dependent about 3 years ago. These alcohol sugars that are spoken of and touted as being "generally safe for human consumption" explains NOTHING!!! What are they? Where EXACTLY are they derived from.? What chemical processes did they go through to reach their "consumable" state? What chemicals are present in them because they are obviously NOT natural? As an insulin dependent diabetic, I am of course very aware and careful about the foods I eat. I basically follow a modified Paleo-Diet and it really seems to help with maintaining a healthier blood sugar level. I try not to use any artificial anything in my cooking and that includes any pre-packaged foods (which I rarely purchase and when I do, they are very few and far between)and I only use regular table sugar or honey to sweeten whatever the recipe may call for. As a general rule though, I hardly add sugar or honey to anything though. I find other natural methods of adding sweetness (and hopefully a few nutrients as well) by using fruits as garnishments and cooked as glazes, using the fruits' natural juices as the actual glaze itself with chunks of fruits for texture interest, fiber and nutrients. Alcohol sugars...no thank you! Sticking to the natural stuff has made me a healthier me. I'd rather have a very small amount, basically a taste, maybe a tablespoon or two of whatever the treat made with real sugar may be rather than have a lot of the treat made with artificial sweeteners a.k.a. alcohol sugars, and fill my system with chemicals. Think people, think! Don't just eat what is fed to you. Take charge and eat what you KNOW is good. - 7/31/2014 1:55:25 PM
  • STILLSTRUGGLIN
    "Generally Recognized as Safe" means "We Don't Want You to Know". I only use Stevia and was shocked to hear my Diabetes Educator explain that Splenda is worse for you than Sweet N Low!

    - 7/31/2014 10:23:22 AM
  • BUDDYKING1
    I was six when I was diagnosed in 1952. There was saccharin, and something else in a tear-shaped bottle. Time will tell if they had any future effects. What I am looking to communicate is that if it seems too good to be true; it's too good to be true. If these ol products are poisonous to canines they can't be nourishing nor making humans any healthier. It's not an avocados to parrots situation. It's difficult to imagine "A different diet", but that is really the key. Replacing too much sugar with too much sugar replacement is not really an answer. Our bodies treat sugar or sweeteners as a drug and the more we get, the more it wants. Everything is a chemical, whether it occurs naturally or is synthesized. For me, eliminating what I think might be detrimental and only having things around that I deem "healthy" helps me to make better decisions....and to rid myself of the lolly-pop wielding monkey on my back. - 7/31/2014 9:50:31 AM
  • Sugar alcohols are damaging to diabetics. They should never touch them. Sugar alcohols are more of a culprit in causing diabetic neuropathy, which can lead to amputations, than sugar, itself. Anyone can research this online. Additionally, as mentioned, they tend to cause terrible gastric distress; and, even a few sugar-free mints or pieces of gum can kill a full- grown dog, if it contains Xylitol. I won't even have it in my house. Ice Cubes gum is highly concentrated. And, keeping products containing Xylitol or using it as a sweetener, at homes, puts your pets at risk, as they can accidetally get into a baked good, pack of gum, etc., and be poisoned to death with a very small amount of the product. I'd much rather take my chances with Splenda or Stevia than sugar alcohols. - 7/31/2014 4:40:46 AM
  • Sugar alcohols are damaging to diabetics. They should never touch them. Sugar alcohols are more of a culprit in causing diabetic neuropathy, which can lead to amputations, than sugar, itself. Anyone can research this online. Additionally, as mentioned, they tend to cause terrible gastric distress; and, even a few sugar-free mints or pieces of gum can kill a full- grown dog, if it contains Xylitol. I won't even have it in my house. Ice Cubes gum is highly concentrated. And, keeping products containing Xylitol or using it as a sweetener, at homes, puts your pets at risk, as they can accidetally get into a baked good, pack of gum, etc., and be poisoned to death with a very small amount of the product. I'd much rather take my chances with Splenda or Stevia than sugar alcohols. - 7/31/2014 4:32:01 AM
  • LINDAH42
    WARNING--xylitol (don't know about other sugar alcohols) is HIGHLY toxic to dogs. See just one of many articles about this at:http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articl
    eId=21365
    I was at the vet with my dog when a woman brought in her dog that had just eaten gum and got the bad news that her dog wasn't going to make it. PLEASE let people know about this risk. - 8/1/2013 12:52:50 PM
  • I would like to know how sugar alcohols are made, what are they made of. Are they totally artificial? I just really hate the idea of more chemicals. - 8/1/2013 10:21:43 AM

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