That Clean ...Risky?! Chew
May 13, 2014 6:58 PM Subscribe
I need to get more fit. Part of it has to be done by controlling my intake. I've had success in the distant past with gum. But now I'm worried about the non-sugar sweeteners that most use - sorbitol and xylitol. Should I be?
posted by batmonkey to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Sorbitol, of course, has a laxative effect, controlled by moderation. But other effects are difficult for me to separate from all of the woo-woo out there when I try to do web searches on it.
Xylitol has loads of great benefits if consumed in specific therapeutic dosages, but I remember a few years ago that a study was released saying it could be associated with stomach cancer, too. Searching for those data has also been fruitless because of woo-woo.
What I need, then, is some kind of definitive line on either/both so that I can consume these appetite-tamers in peace*.
ALSO! If there's a gum alternative (clean, cheap, non-messy, very little waste that's easy to dispose of, light, easy to carry around, unobtrusively consumed) that doesn't use any sweeteners, I'm extremely open to that option.
* As illogical as it may sound to not resort to something so obviously helpful, I live with OCD and these kinds of personal risk things set me into a kind of analysis paralysis where I end up continuing obviously unhelpful behaviours because their risks are more familiar. I'm working on that in other ways, but need a shortcut to making what should be a simple decision. If neither end up being a good idea, I have other options - I just need to rule these in or out.