Why sugar-free Gummy bears give you the runs



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Well, one more reason to avoid sugar free gummy bears.


It isn’t just Gummi bears. Look at the ingredients of any sweet labeled “sugar free”. In many cases you’ll see maltitol and a warning that too much consumption can lead to “the runs”.


I thought mannitol was generally more popular.

In any case, this is the first I can recall hearing about “sugar-free” sweets causing such an extreme reaction. It makes the tales of olestra sound pleasant in comparison.


From accounts of people`s experience with the demon bears, sugarless gummy bears seem to be especially potent inducers of the back way spray…


But how many grams of bears would it take to ingest 40 g of lycasin? I’m guessing more than a handful.


“I bought one order for the Westboro Baptist Church as a donation,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “Because we all know how much God hates irregularity.”


All this sugar free stuff seems to do this to me. I can’t stand any of it.


Uuuugh maltitol. My first- and last- brush with it was one nasty experience. I was working in a health food and supplements store at the time and the staff often ate expired protein bars as a lunch (since they were cheap and we received a pathetic salary).

One time, the discounted box in the back store happened to be ultra low carb bars, loaded with maltitol. For the next 3 days, I had severe runs… it got to the point where it was mostly clear water (TMI I know). I was just drinking pints of water and eating bread and bananas, desperately trying to get back to normal. I thought it didn’t behave like the flu or a virus because I didn’t have a fever or other symptoms but I did not realize what had happened until I spoke to a co-worker. He mentioned he had had a similar incident with carb-free jam.

Nasty, vile stuff.


I bet you lost some weight, though! :slight_smile:


Oh yeah. Not that I wanted to. At the time, I rather needed to gain weight.


Another product, but it probably still applies. “Poop the rainbow”.

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