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Sugar free gum warning

11th January 2008

Doctors have warned that too much ā€œsugar-freeā€? chewing gum can lead to severe weight loss and diarrhoea.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, they say the cause is sorbitol, which is a widely used sweetener in chewing gum and sweets and acts as a laxative. However, industry representatives said sorbitol was a safe product and packs carried warnings about excessive consumption. Researchers say that despite warnings on packets of chewing-gum and other products containing sorbitol, many people do not realise that large amounts will cause stomach problems.


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