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GI Tract: Bloating, excessive gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue are the primary ones. Your history indicates a history of celiac, but just in case you are not sure, there is a celiac antibody panel if you have not been diagnosed. Gold standard for diagnosis is biopsy. Best of Luck! ...Read more
Studies say artificial sweetener cause people to crave more sweet & food carbs & result in wgt gain,higher sugar.True 4 natural sweetener stevia also?
Not so with Stevia: No. A study I found (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666310000826) showed that with Stevia, there was no craving. Also, there was no increase in insulin levels, unlike with aspartame, which is important regarding the issue of insulin resistance. Hope that helps. ...Read more
MSG: Msg is a food additive which enhances flavor of many foods. It does not contain gluten but many foods that contain msg may contain gluten. Best to check with the manufacturer if you are uncertain of gluten-free status. Msg may cause severe symptoms and allergic reaction in patients who are sensitive to it. ...Read more
Unclear question: I do not understand your question. But microscopic colitis is a specific condition that is most commonly related to medications, though some conditions predispose you to developing it (Celiac may be one). Milk sensitivity? - if you mean lactose intolerance then this is common and separate from Celiac. Everyone that drinks enough milk will have symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various supplements: Clinical research has shown that several supplements, including chromium, magnesium, lipoid acid, vanadium can improve the body's response to insulin. Certain foods such as cinnamon, nopal cactus, and bitter melon can also enhance Insulin sensitivity and thereby lower blood sugar. This list is not complete, and each person's response varies. Don't stop diabetes meds if you do use any of these. ...Read more
Too Many: It is the sole ingredient in accent. Used in chinese food as well as spanish food, but because of it's excellent ability to enhance the taste of food, it can be found virtually anywhere where taste enhancement is desired. ...Read more
No: I don't believe it. Government regulators tend to be zealots and each chemical added to food is checked for its ability to mutate dna. A few old food colors that did this are gone. Mother nature itself is full of cancer-causing chemicals in quantities well above what we'd accept from additives. Stop worrying, eat what you like (i prefer natural stuff) and keep up the customary watch for cancer. ...Read more
No: Some will accelerate the GI tract motility causing diarrhea, but most sugar-alcohols are great diabetic substitute sweetener. They are less sweet than sugar, and artificial sweeteners are much sweeter. They do stimulate insulin, but less than glucose. Aspartmae is an artifical sweetener. ...Read more
Not known so...: Msg has not been shown to cause or adversely affect hypertension. It is a rather common food additve/sweetener and fortunately relatively safe, in moderation of course. If you have problem with hypertension, obviously you should consult doc for eval and treatment. It is not necessary that you advoid msg, but too much of anything is not good. Consult your doc.Good luck. ...Read more
Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?
Generally yes: There is no specific problem w/aspartame in pregnancy according to the nih. It does not cross the placenta, and is not a risk to you unless you have phenylketonuria - a rare genetic disorder. However, it is always prudent to limit all meds, supplements and the like during pregnancy except as instructed by your ob>. ...Read more
Will the sugar alcohol found in sugar free gums, sodas, sugar substitutes produce a false positive on an etg test?
No: There isn't anything in sugar substitutes that will cause the etg (ethyl glucuronide) test to show positive. However, because etg test measures products of metabolism of ethyl alcohol from any source, it is sensitive to small amounts of alcohol. It will detect ingestion or exposure to alcohol in mouthwash, cough syrup and other medicated syrups, and possibly even hand sanitizers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Most antacids are used to relieve stomach acids from proliferating in the form of gatric reflux (upset stomach.) a bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is used as a base to counter acids. However, patients having concerns with recurrent acid reflux have been known to experience enamel errosion. Errosion refers to a chemical process which weakens enamel and can cause a great deal of sensitivity. See your dentist! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer