Dr Oz: Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol & Maltitol Artificial Sweeteners

By on October 8, 2012

Dr Oz Artificial Sweeteners: Are They Making You Sick?

Artificial Sweeteners are a popular product across the country. But are they healthy? Do sugar substitutes cause cancer? Dr Oz asked some tough health questions about whether these are also making you sick. Learn whether artificial sweeteners cause diarrhea, bloating and laxative-like symptoms.

Dr Oz: Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diarrhea & How To Spot Ingredients

Dr Oz explained how artificial sweeteners (like Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol & Maltitol) can cause diarrhea, bloating and laxative symptoms; how to find them on package ingredients lists.

Dr Oz: Sugar Substitutes Cause Bloating

Dr Oz said that some digestive problems may seem complicated, but could simply relate to the artificial sweeteners we use. Angela told her story on the show, admitting that her sweet tooth causes her embarrassing diarrhea; switching to sugar substitutes hasn’t seemed to relieve the symptoms.

Dr Oz: Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diarrhea

Over the last few years, the symptoms have caused sudden stomach pain and sent her running for the bathroom. She said she thinks her problems are worse when she uses artificial sweeteners. She also said it causes her to feel bloated and hot.

New studies cited by Dr Oz have linked sugar substitutes to digestive problems like Angela’s. But these are such a part of our lives that we don’t even think to examine them as a source of health problems. He said the artificial sweeteners, or sugar alcohols, have low calories but contain chemicals.

Dr Oz: Artificial Sweetener = Laxative?

Everything from gum to sugar free cookies could have these chemicals in them. When you eat a sugar alternative, intestinal bacteria try to absorb these foreign substances, taking in a lot of fluid along the way. Water and gas combine and could have similar effects to a laxative.

Just 10 grams of sugar alcohol can mess you up. How much is that in terms of what we’re consuming?

  • 5 sticks sugar free gum
  • 5 sugar free mints
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free jam
  • 1/2 sugar free cookie

Dr Oz: “ITOL” Artificial Sweetener Ingredients

How do you know if these are in your food? Look at the packaging for ingredients ending in -itol. Some common types include:

  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol
  • Mannitol
  • Maltitol

The higher in the list an ingredient is found, the more of it is in a product. If it’s listed in the first few ingredients, there is probably a lot of it in your favorite snack.

Do you eat a lot of sugar free snacks? Could they be causing you to have digestive problems?

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Comments to Dr Oz: Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol & Maltitol Artificial Sweeteners

  1. I wonder if sucrose or sucrolose ( Splenda ) is included in this? Hmm…

  2. Sucrose is regular table sugar.
    Sugaralcohols are definitely NOT artificial sweeteners. Xylitol has lots of positive properties and is recommended in small amounts (5q to 10g).

  3. Exactly. I was shocked when Dr. Oz said that Xylitol and Maltitol, etc, were artificial sweeteners. They are not.

  4. Another epic fail at educating people. Xylitol is an all natural sugar originally found in birch bark and strawberries. The benefits of Xylitol far outweigh negative side affects that happen in a small majority of people. Too much of anything is not good for the body. On that note, some information can be dangerous to those who worry about nothing. This is not the first time I have heard dental information given incorrectly on the show. Makes one wonder what else is not being researched properly before airing on the show.

  5. Kristin Volberg says:

    Sucralose should be included in the list of artificial sweeteners. They take the sugar molecule and alter it with chlorine. It has all kinds of side effects. Stick with Stevia and low-glycemic sugars like coconut palm sugar. It’s really good!

  6. Frank Barrella says:

    If what you say is true about chemicals ending in -itol, should TRUVIA, made by Cargill and Coca Cola, be avoided as a stevia-based sugar replacement? I use it all the time in place of real sugar or the artifical sweetners.

  7. Colleen Crawford says:

    MALTITOL is a NATURAL SWEETENER. Dr. Oz is WRONNNNNG! The extraction process is not natural, but the end component of the sweetener is natural. It is not changed from its natural state. Splenda starts out natural, but it is processed into a fake sugar. How the hell could this guy get on national television and not do his homework??? WTF?? Also, there is Corn Maltitol and Wheat Maltitol. Wheat is WAYYYYYY better because its low glycemic and very gentle on the digestive system. Night and day compared to corn

  8. Dr. Oz is a decepticon

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