Sorbitol

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Published on: May 23, 2013
  • Used as a sugar replacement.
  • Used as a humectant in cookies.
  • Used as a laxative.
  • Used to rid the body of excess potassium when combined with kayexalte.
  • Used in cosmetics as a humectant and thickener.
  • Used in mouthwash, toothpaste, sugar free chewing gum, cough syrups, mints, diet foods
  • Used as a humectant in cigarettes.
  • Aggravates the condition of those with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Ingesting large amounts of sorbitol can lead to abdominal pain, flatulence, and mild to severe diarrhea.
  • Ingestion of 20 grams (0.7 oz) per day as sugar-free gum has led to severe diarrhea leading to unintended weight loss of 11 kilograms (24 lb) in eight months, in a woman originally weighing 52 kilograms (110 lb); another patient required hospitalization after habitually consuming 30 grams (1 oz) per day.
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