Saturday, January 12, 2008

Chewing gum Proves Disasterous in The End

from Medical News Today

Many sugar-free chewing gums contain a sweetener called sorbitol. Sorbitol is a laxative which is poorly absorbed by the small intestine. An article in this week's British Medical Journal (BMJ) warns of the dangers of excess sorbitol intake.

'Sorbitol? No, not 'pletely.

The warning comes after doctors came across two patients who had chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain and dangerously excessive weight loss. After lengthy investigations which could not identify why the patients were losing so much weight and had chronic diarrhea and pains, a detailed analysis of eating habits put the problem down to eating too much chewing gum with sorbitol.

Don't eat it! Didn't your momma ever tell you that it takes 7 years for gum to pass through you?

One of the patients, a 21-year-old woman, had been eating the equivalent of 18-20g of sorbitol each day. The average stick of gum has about 1.25g sorbitol - so, she was chewing through 15-18 sticks of gum each day. The other patient, a 46-year-old man, was chewing about 20 sticks of sorbitol-containing gum plus approximately 200g of sweets (candy) each day - his total sorbitol daily intake was about 30g, the authors wrote.

Yeah, but does it cure the urge to smoke, at the other end?

1 comment:

Choosy Mothers Choose Jeff said...

For the love of Pete! Was that woman eating anything else between mouthfuls of gum sticks?

"Say honey would you like dinner tonight?"
"No, I just had seven packs of Plenty and a thimble full of water, but yet I was still stuck in the bathroom seventeen times...maybe I should cut back on the water."

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