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Are Sugar Substitutes A Culprit For Gas?

Q. You recently had a question about gas from a type 2 diabetes patient. I don’t have diabetes, but I have had a similar problem.

I have found that sugar substitutes (sucralose and fructose) cause me trouble. Since this person is probably using these sugar substitutes, this could well be the problem.

A. Sugar substitutes, including sorbitol and mannitol, may be indigestible for some people and lead to gas and loose stools.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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