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   Posted 10/6/2005 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm reading "The Fat Fallacy" right now and it's a pretty interesting read.  Not much help to IBS people, but I'm needing/wanting to lose some weight, which is why I'm reading it.
However, I did read of a couple of sugar products in the book that I was not really familiar with that has been linked to G.I. problems:
"Glycerin - Irritant to G.I. mucus and problems for the metabolism and the central nervous system."  Last I knew, glycerin was a product in soap.  Add some to homemade bubble solution for better colors and better bubble staying power.  Does it really end up in our food?
"Lactose - Diarrhea, malabsorbtion, vomiting, flatulence, jaundice and cataracts."  Of course lactose naturally occurs in milk, which most people already know whether they can handle milk products or not, but apparently they're sneaking it into other foods as well--things we don't think of as containing dairy.  And it may be synthetically produced when used as an additive. 
Then of course there were the usual culprits: aspartame and all of the sugar alcohols.

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   Posted 10/6/2005 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow Keri... I need to make sure that I read those labels on the packages more carefully. Who knew soap was going into our foods? (I sure didn't)

Thanks for sharing that :)
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   Posted 10/6/2005 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe Glycerin is in food. That is crazy. There should be a law against that. Thanks, Keri, for bringing it to our attention.
Since I was diagnosed with IBS I have been reading all I can about it. Aside from learning more about your condition, I think knowing all you can is theraputic. It put my mind at ease to know that everything I was/am feeling is normal.
Keep up the reading... "Knowledge is power." (I'm not sure who said that.)
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   Posted 10/6/2005 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's some more facts: High fructose corn syrup is 50 times sweeter than regular sugar.

There are 10 tablespoons of sugar in one 12oz can of Coke. Incidently, that's the same amount of sugar I put in my daily dose of green tea--my 2 liter tea pitcher dose of green tea.

In 2000 Americans spent $110 billion on fast food. Compare that with just $6 billion in 1970.

All of that sugar and bad fat (i.e. the partially hydrogentated stuff) can't help our intestines any. And unless I'm misremembering, sugar helps fuel bad bacteria. Imagine what happens if they get hopped up on some high fructose corn syrup; that's a lot worse than regular sugar. And it's in EVERYTHING. There's even some in my Italian dressing (I noticed today). Companies don't like using regular sugar when they can avoid it because corn syrup is cheaper.

I'm trying to move towards more natural food products and lower my sugar tolerence levels. I'm putting regular fats (like dairy) back into my diet, but I'm having to be careful adjusting my medicines; not having a gall bladder makes it hard to digest fats. But, I stay fuller longer, so I end up eating less, and before, if I did eat fats, it was the bad kind.
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