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    Old 03-29-2008, 06:43 PM   #1
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    Problem with sugar free items

    Does anyone else have tummy problems with the sugar free foods - - ie: sugar free chocolate or other such sweets. I have heard that Sorbitol can cause cramping and wonder about other such "fake" sugars.

     
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    Old 03-29-2008, 08:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Problem with sugar free items

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    Does anyone else have tummy problems with the sugar free foods - - ie: sugar free chocolate or other such sweets. I have heard that Sorbitol can cause cramping and wonder about other such "fake" sugars.
    If you look at the carb content of the sugar-free stuff, most of it has just as many carbs as the regular stuff. True, sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and mannitol are not supposed to raise your blood sugar as much, but I haven't found that to be the case. And, certainly in quantity, they can cause diarrhea, gas, and stomach cramping.

    So, just because something is labeled "sugar-free" doesn't mean it's a free food and that you can eat as much of it as you want. If you can keep your snacking down to once a week or so, one portion each time, then you'd probably be just as well off by eating the regular stuff.

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    Old 03-30-2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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    Re: Problem with sugar free items

    Sugar free candy sweetened with sugar alcohols have always caused stomach problems for me unless I ate just a tiny amount. Instead, I now eat a square of very dark (72%) chocolate containing sugar which has about 2 gm carbs.

     
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    Sugar free candy sweetened with sugar alcohols have always caused stomach problems for me unless I ate just a tiny amount. Instead, I now eat a square of very dark (72%) chocolate containing sugar which has about 2 gm carbs.


    That is what I decided to do yesterday. Dove makes a dark chocolate bar with 5 small squares. Each one is 4 gm carb and 2 gm sugar. Where did you find a 2 gm carb chocolate???

     
    Old 03-30-2008, 08:45 PM   #5
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    Re: Problem with sugar free items

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    Does anyone else have tummy problems with the sugar free foods - - ie: sugar free chocolate or other such sweets. I have heard that Sorbitol can cause cramping and wonder about other such "fake" sugars.
    According to my dietician, sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and maltitol (or any other sugar with an "ol" at the end) act pretty much like laxitives in your system...which is why I would get awful cramps and bathroom urges when I'd eat any "no sugar added" foods.

    As well, she also told me that sugar alcohols act like 1/2 of regular sugar in your system, so they DO have an effect on your blood sugars, just less.

    I pretty much stay away from all sugar alcohols, except the very tiny amount in sugarless gums. Instead if I REALLY want something sweet I'll just splurge and have the real thing (in a small amount). I don't do this often, but it's A LOT better than the awful stomach cramps/diarreah I'd get with the "no sugar added" products.

    Hope this helps

     
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    Re: Problem with sugar free items

    One of my favorites, Lindt Excellence 70% has about 3 gm carbs per square and that is a good sized square. Lindt also makes an 85% that I believe has 2 gm carbs. Ghiradelli Twilight Delight 72% has about 4 gm carbs. Hershey's Cacao Reserve is another good one. These are the 3.5 oz bars. The more cocoa they have, the fewer carbs.

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    Old 04-01-2008, 07:23 PM   #7
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    One of my favorites, Lindt Excellence 70% has about 3 gm carbs per square and that is a good sized square. Lindt also makes an 85% that I believe has 2 gm carbs. Ghiradelli Twilight Delight 72% has about 4 gm carbs. Hershey's Cacao Reserve is another good one. These are the 3.5 oz bars. The more cocoa they have, the fewer carbs.


    Where exactly do you find these really dark chocolates??? Healthfood store? Regular store? If so, which one? I've been eating a very small square of the Hershey's special dark once in a while, but of there's one lower out there, I am all for it.
    Thanks!

     
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