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Old 10-11-2007, 10:43 AM   #1
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Sorbitol Problems?

I've found that within minutes of eating/drinking something with the artificial sweetener sorbitol in it, I either have major D or gas! I tought I read something about this bothering a lot of people (not just IB-folks), but wasn't sure if it was actually the sorbitol or something else...

Just wonderin' if anyone's had this problem, too!
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:36 PM   #2
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Re: Sorbitol Problems?

Stephie.....

Yes, I have major problems if I eat something with sorbitol in it and I don't have IBS. This last time I ate some wintergreen candies with sorbitol and I thought I had gotten IBS, it was so bad!!! This was the worst ever and I will not ingest that stuff again. It took about 2 weeks for my system to straighten out. I looked it up on the internet and it is known to cause IBS and other bowel problems.

 
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:25 PM   #3
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Re: Sorbitol Problems?

I too believe that I have problems with artificial sweeteners. I started taking Metamucil in January 2005 and it helped me dramatically. I still had pain and urgent bowel movements, but no diarrhea for a long time. Then in May 2005 I had to have a CAT scan. They gave me something to drink that they told me contained artificial sweetener, and sure enough after drinking it I was in the bathroom with diarrhea for the first time in months.

It is a chemical - stay away!

 
Old 10-12-2007, 08:49 PM   #4
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Re: Sorbitol Problems?

Thank Goodness for this Board! I'm glad that there are other people who have had the same problems with the things I've had with that SORBITOL-crap.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:50 PM   #5
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Re: Sorbitol Problems?

...not that I WANT other people to have problems of course...but you know what I mean!
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:16 AM   #6
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Re: Sorbitol Problems?

I was diagnosed with a "spasic colon" years ago. I do quite well with no major symptoms until I chew sugarless gum with Sorbitol, then I have major abdominal pain. Took me awhile to figure it out, but now as long as I don't chew the sugarless gum with Sorbitol then I'm basically symptom free.

 
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