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Could sucking sugarfree polo mints containing sorbitol have affected my stomach?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Can cause symptoms: Gut symptoms may be from inflammation, infection, or fermentation. Examples: diarrhea, Giardia infections, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, gall bladder issues, etc... Lactose intolerance causes gas. Excess fruits or sugarfree sweeteners like maltitol, erythritol, or sorbitol make gas, too. Such sweeteners are called polyols (sugar alcohols) and get fermented by bacteria.

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A 54-year-old female asked:

Can my stomach problems be caused by sucking a lot of sugarfree polo mints.. Ingredient sorbitol?

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Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
SORBITOL SIDE EFFECT: Yes it may be, sorbitol is notorious for causing frequent bowel moments and IBS like symptoms. If symptoms resolve after stopping that is a good thing. You should still followup with your doctor and get baseline colonoscopy. If you have symptoms above your navel an endoscopy may be warranted, especially if symptoms persist off sorbitol.

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Last updated Aug 12, 2015

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