Monday, January 14, 2008

Chewing gum can cause extreme weight loss?

Sorbitol, a sweetener used in sugar-free products such as chewing gum, can cause intestinal problems and severe weight loss, according to a report in BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.

Researchers said it has laxative properties and is poorly absorbed by the small intestine. In at least two patients, that led to chronic diarrhea, pain and up to a 20 percent loss of body weight.

The authors of the study said that people with intestinal problems may not think of sweeteners because possible side effects are usually found only within the small print on food packages. » Article here



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