Q. I have read about various constipation treatments in your column. I have a different and more enjoyable solution–ice cream with sorbitol (the non-sugar sweetener). It has been working for me for years.
A. Non-sugar sweeteners like sorbitol are not absorbed from the digestive tract and have a laxative effect. Whether found in sugarless gum, candy or ice cream, they can all help relieve constipation. Too much, though, may cause diarrhea.