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  •  sugarfree Certs had mannitol..... (2+ / 0-)
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    exmearden, SnowCountry

    20 years ago and weren't a low calorie food- I am a label reader and I did eat them too.  It is a sugar alcohol still widely used.  Most sugar substitutes don't make a hard candy with that texture.  Sugar alcohols like mannitol are used in pharmaceuticals and can be naturally found in some foods http://www.polyol.org/...  

    Sugarfree gum also has sorbitol, another sugar alcohol, which can cause diarrhea when consumed in excess http://blog.wired.com/...  

    These products may have gastrointestinal effects, but it probably isn't the aspartame doing it.  It can break down to methanol with improper, higher temperature storage- and some people are more sensitive to it.  Hot diet beverages should be avoided for sure.

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    by murrayewv on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 04:59:03 AM PST

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    •  in 1993 - 96 (when I had symptoms) (0+ / 0-)

      Sugar-free certs definitely had aspartame.

      I started doing a test of my reaction to things with different artificial sweeteners - the products with aspartame were the culprit.

      Gums like Orbit (a newer gum product), Trident, breath mints like Breathsavers - these all had/have aspartame (at least had them when I was a consumer of such).

      Crystal Lite was another culprit - I received quantities of it from a relative who at the time worked for the food broker that handled the drink mix. I tried mixing a pitcher and after the second glass on a hot summer day, had the familiar stomach cramping and colon spasms that signaled an IBS onset.

      There were other things I tracked which either no longer exist or that I habitually avoid. I do stay away from sorbitol, and other modified sugars as a rule.

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      by exmearden on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 11:34:47 AM PST

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