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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I was an out of control diabetic... so I'm grateful to find sugar alcohols in my food VS the toxic chemicals of splenda (which I used to use), saccharin, Equal, etc.etc.etc.) (artificial sweeteners).....Thanks for this exellent article- which also enlightened me in more ways than one...
    Now I use sugar alcohols, stevia, or xylitol. Have Agave, but haven't tried it yet
  • CDAVIDSON31
    When I first started the Paleo way of eating, I needed recipes to guide me. So I googled 'Paleo Recipes', and found this book.

    I was kind of leery at first, not really knowing if I was going to get a really good cookbook, or a collection of recipes with weird ingredients that I would never use. Much to my surprise, I got an excellent cookbook that I use all the time. Such great recipes as Moroccan Chicken, Salmon Fish Cakes, Omelet Muffins, BBQ Grilled Lamb Kebobs, just to name a few that I've tried & loved. Simply put, if you're going to ditch the SAD diet & get back to a more natural way of eating, then the 'Paleo Recipe Book' is a must have!

    check this out:
    http://tinyurl.com/paleorec
  • Generally recognized as safe? Something else to check, I guess.
  • if counting carbs do you deduct the sugar alcohols from the item total carb count?? i have just started the first phase and dont want to mess it up. tyring to stay under 30 a day. bought new bars Atkins endulge Chocolate coconut bars says only 3 net carbs but has totsl carbs on back 19 minus the 9 fiber 1 regular sugar and 8 sugar alcohols...anybody know if they dont count?
  • 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 :)
  • SAILORMITCH
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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

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