Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me.
After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them diarrhea if eaten in quantity, I decided to try them to see if they would help my frequent constipation. I have found that if I eat 30 sugar-free jellybeans with a glass of water half an hour before bedtime, I stay regular. I hope this idea might help others with the same problem.
A. Thank you for the tip. Many people find that the sweeteners in sugar-free candy can cause diarrhea. How clever of you to turn that side effect your advantage! Each person will have to experiment to find the right “dose.”

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