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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: chewing gum
Date: August 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: chewing gum posted by Jim on August 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm:

Yale Health Advisor says this:

Unfortunately, there are some negatives associated with sugar alcohols. The most common side effect is the possibility of bloating and diarrhea when sugar alcohols are eaten in excessive amounts. There is also some evidence that sugar alcohols, much like fructose (natural fruit sugar) in fruit and fruit juice can cause a “laxative effect.” Weight gain has been seen when these products are overeaten. The American Diabetes Association claims that sugar alcohols are acceptable in a moderate amount but should not be eaten in excess. Some people with diabetes, especially Type I diabetics, have found that their blood sugars rise if sugar alcohols are eaten in uncontrolled amounts.

What is meant by 'overeaten' isn't clear, but for some it may be a much smaller amount than for others.

It wasn't my intention to advise against zylitol, just to give both sides in my reply to a question.

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