Some dieters subtract the sugar alcohols from the total carb counts while others avoid sugar alcohols because they cause them to stall. I would, to quote my great aunt - "everything in moderation." If a piece of gum helps you avoid a piece of cake - it's still a win-win situation. If you eat the entire pack of gum instead of something very low carb and fillng - maybe not a good choice. If it makes u crave carbs - avoid it. I say sugar alcohols are "frankenfoods" and for the most part I avoid them, but as before, one piece of gum is better than 1 piece of cake.