Sorbitol is a sugar alternative that is used frequently in diet and sugar free products. It is also used in dental products such as mouthwash and toothpastes, and it is classified as a sugar alcohol. Sorbitol appears naturally in stone fruits and berries. It is a laxative as well and it is also found in pears and prunes. While it is considered to be safer than some other artificial sweeteners like aspartame, there are still some side effects associated with Sorbitol.
Side Effects of Sorbitol
The most commonly reported side effect of Sorbitol is diarrhea, bloating and gas. [pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Only a little more than 9 grams can cause these negative side effects.[/pullquote]
If Sorbitol is taken frequently on a daily basis it can cause irritable bowel syndrome. While this side effect is generally posted in a disclaimer on most of the products that contain it, most of the time these warnings are hard to read because they are so small, and they are not noticed. Since Sorbitol is used in some chewing gums, it is very easy for people chewing these gums regularly to experience these symptoms. In 2003 Dateline NBC reported that a single 25g pack of fruit pastilles is enough to cause gastro-intestinal problems, diarrhea, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Sugar Substitute for Diabetics
The “sugar-free” industry is a very large business. Over the past decade, products that were originally used only for diabetics, are now marketed to the public in an array of popular products. Generally speaking, you won’t experience any severe side effects from these products, unless you make them a part of a routine diet. The sad thing is these products are being pushed as exactly that, diet products. It really is sad that the quest for money is more important then human safety to some people. I think any product that cannot be used safely on a daily basis, should not be advertised as a health or diet product. A product that is not safe for daily diet, yet is called a “diet” product? Needless to say that seems to be an oxymoron.
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