I heard the same birdiem...that's why I've consciously chosen to chew a gum (Spry) with only Xylitol instead of all the sugar alcohols as does Extra and the others on the market. There is nothing else out there....and it doesn't bother me as would a piece of gum with aspartame.
Not all are created equal. I think it would depend on the actual action of the sweetener itself as to side effects...
Honey, albeit natural, has laxative qualities..so for some, it can be a problem.
I use sugar as a sweetener or honey....at least my body knows what to do with it...it's still the safest product.
Stevia isn't without its concerns either.
Agave syrup...seems to be very safe...time will tell.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 6/29/2008 1:29:04 PM (GMT-6)