Originally Posted by Casandra
Also, I notice you recommend chewing sugar free gum to curb appetite after eating and as a replacement for calorie rich snacks. I read an article recently that suggests that having too much "sugar free" in your diet can cause you to become "irregular". There was one example where a college student chewed on average 10 sticks a day of sugar free gum, she lost a load of weight, became severely dehydrated, and had diarrhea and constipation on and off. Is this likely to happen? Or did this article just leave out other factors that may have contributed to the condition? (not getting enough water/calories etc)
Thank you for answering our questions!
Casandra, you inquired about “too much sugar free" in your diet causing irregularity. What I believe you are speaking of is sorbitol, a polyol sweetener commonly used in sugar free chewing gums. The key here is moderation - all foods and beverages can be enjoyed when consumed in moderation, and excess consumption of any food is not recommended.
Numerous scientific studies show that people can consume up to 50 grams of sorbitol without experiencing a laxative effect (subject to the individual and other components of his or her diet). To put things into perspective for you, based on scientific studies and FDA labeling requirements, you would have to chew about 40 sticks or more than 100 pellets of gum per day to reach the threshold of excessive consumption of sorbitol. FDA labeling regulations require a laxative statement on foods containing sorbitol if consumption is reasonably expected to exceed this amount. The average consumption rate in the U. S. is one-half stick per day .