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: 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:
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?