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  • I like xylitol, i use it for baking and a bit in tea in the evening. The "gastric" thing actually works great for me as I usually have the other way problem of not feeling the need to go for #2 for days. Works like a charm :) - 9/18/2012 11:34:24 AM
    Be careful with sugar alcohols because gastric distress is a COMMON problem. I can handle them in small doses (usually 10 mg/serving or less.) Much more than that, and my gut feels like it's going to explode! The problem is eating out because very few restaurants list sugar alcohols in their food, or can even tell you if they use them at all. - 8/2/2012 8:30:47 PM
  • In our diabetes class, the dietician said to count sugar alchohols as 1/2 carb but I wasn't really sure what sugar alcohols were so I really appreciated this article! I guess you really have to try them to determine how each one affects you personally. - 8/2/2012 8:40:25 AM
  • Thanks for the info. Bought some protein bars that have 2g sugar, then checked the back and they also had 7g sugar alcohols which accounted for most of the carbs. So basically lower calorie sweetener that doesn't cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Sounds acceptable to me - 7/9/2012 3:02:50 PM
  • Now it makes sense why these sugar free candies are causing me gut main; darn isomalt; and I only ate one serving. Why are you so sensitive gi o' mine? - 6/13/2012 4:30:35 PM
  • Thanks very much for this article. I went to Trader Joe's today and bought one protein bar because I could finally understand all the ingredients on the back of the label and there was no sugar (apparently), but I did notice the words "Sugar Alcohol" so I looked it up. I had no idea what they were and now I do. I'm eating a bar by "thinkThin" and it is delicious. It has "Maltitol" but that's the only "ol" word. Thank you - 5/29/2012 4:53:09 PM
  • 1102MEG
    I haven't found one of these -ol sugars that I tolerate. So, I am always looking for food products with splenda instead of sorbitol. Any suggestions would be great! I am pre-diabetic. thanks! - 2/24/2012 1:20:08 PM
  • XYLITOL IS TOXIC TO DOGS!!!! It can be deadly in even smallish doses. Just saying, for those of us who share with four footed babies or whose babies might 'get into' stuff. I personally love xylitol, but never send stuff baked with it to homes with dogs. - 8/4/2011 6:58:49 AM
  • In general, I think the 'sugar alcohols' are a good thing. If you are a dark chocolate lover, you might notice that they permit the flavor of the chocolate to come through much more clearly and fully. Yum! - 10/29/2010 8:07:02 PM
  • Any kind of super-refined sweetener, including sugar alcohols, is probably bad news over the long haul. Too much sweet, like too much anything, has a deleterious effect on the body, whether it's low cal or low-whatever. We just need to learn to keep the sweet tooth from getting the upper hand. - 8/23/2010 6:51:59 PM
  • SUPPORT2010
    I have been wondering about sugar alcohols too. They are used in sugar free chocolates and other treats I eat. Some sugar free food is advertised as having no sugar alcohols like they are something to be avoided. I feel better about them after reading the article. - 3/22/2010 2:55:02 PM
  • Very informative article I was glad to finally find out what sugar alcohol is! - 3/6/2010 7:05:37 PM
  • I liked the insight of why manufacturer's would want to use sugar alcohols instead of sugar. - 1/26/2010 3:11:18 PM
  • I avoid these like the plague! I tried one piece of WW sugar free toffee when they were sampling it at Costco. Within 45 minutes I had the worst stomach pain I have ever known and spent most of the rest of that afternoon in the bathroom and feeling sick. All that from ONE PIECE. I still have something sweet now as part of my plan but it is something made with regular sugar or maybe Splenda. I'd rather do it that way than EVER go through that again. - 1/6/2010 12:37:30 PM
  • good article. i just bought some south beach high protein peanut butter cereal bars because of their low calories and high protein. i noticed they had sugar alcohol...which i was trying to figure out. the bar was alright. it was soooo sweet. sweeter than im used to at least. i was a little worried that the sugar alcohols might not be good for you but they seem to be alright from this article. - 5/11/2009 1:11:15 PM

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