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What Is Sorbitol?

Label Able: Sorbitol

I'm a very picky label reader, and I won't buy anything at the grocery store unless I scan the label first. If you're the same way, you may have come across the ingredient sorbitol. It's a sugar substitute you'll often find in diet or "light" foods, in sugar-free gum, candy, and mints, and in diet drinks. You'll also find it in mouthwashes, toothpaste, and cough syrups. Sorbitol is made from glucose, and is 60 percent as sweet as sucrose but has one-third of the calories. This sweetener has been safely used for over 50 years, and the only requirement of the FDA is that companies write on the label, "Excess consumption may have a laxative effect." Yes, it's true. If you eat too much of this sweetener, you can end up with extreme abdominal cramping and regular trips to the ladies room. Proving once again that moderation is key — even with low-cal sweeteners. Sorbitol is OK for diabetics and has been found to be non-carcinogenic. I'm not big into diet foods, but at least I know this ingredient is safe.

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Vanonymous Honey helps with sore throats. Honey and a bit of warm water. :)
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Have to say that I've never noticed this... but I do get stomach cramps after I've had more that 4 or 5 twizzlers. Wonder if it's in there?? Hmmm. I too stay away from candy (except for the small piece of chocolate or frozen yougurt for dessert) with the exception of easter time. It's like I've never had jelly beans before! They are addictive.. But lots of sugar in all that stuff.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've never had so much of it that I've had diarrhea or anything, but I try to avoid eating too much sugar-free candy just in case.
aeschere aeschere 7 years
a girl i knew with disordered eating went through a bag of white sugar-free life saver mints in one day instead of having a single meal. she definitely felt the effects of sorbitol and she axed that idea quickly. i'll take it from her...
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
I had this unfortunate side effect after having a bad sore throat and eating too many Ricola sugar free cough drops. Lesson learned.
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