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Is sugar alcohol , alcohol?

Is sugar alcohol , alcohol?

No: sugar alcohols end in 0H, which puts them in the category of alcohols in general. But the drinking alcohol is ethanol and that is different from the sugar alcohols like xylitol, mannitol, ( you dont get drunk from them) ...Read more

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Are sugar alcohol bad for you?

Are sugar alcohol bad for you?

Diarrhea: They often cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Eating foods containing sugar alcohols can cause particular GI distress to those susceptible. If eaten in excess, anyone would be likely to suffer from these side effects. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol?

What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol?

Complex chemistry: The correct answer to this involves basic knowledge of carbohydrate biochemistry. Sugar alcohols are hydrogenated forms of carbohydrates. Some simple sugar alcohols are toxic (such as ethylene glycol [antifreeze]), others can be used as food sweeteners, but they are mostly much less sweet that sucrose, which is common table sugar. ...Read more

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Are sugar alcohol sweeteners like erythritol and xylitol good?

Are sugar alcohol sweeteners like erythritol and xylitol good?

Erythritol is ideal : Sugar alcohols vary. Some have almost the same effect on blood sugar as regular sugar (maltitol). This is called glycemic index. Erythritol has the lowest glycemic index and calories per gram and is the best. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sugar alcohol and plain sugar for diabetics?

What is the difference between sugar alcohol and plain sugar for diabetics?

Different molecules: Sugar is a sugar and sugar alcohols have an alcohol moiety on the end of it. This causes it to taste sweet but not raise the blood sugar but studies have shown they trick the brain into thinking there is not enough sugar around and makes people feel more hungry and subsequently gain weight. Use of either in moderation or even sparingly is the best. ...Read more

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I ate skinny cow ice cream and it says sugar alcohol will that make a positive on a breatherlizer?

I ate skinny cow ice cream and it says sugar alcohol will that make a positive on a breatherlizer?

No: Breathalyzers measure only ethyl (drinking) alcohol AKA CH3CH2OH. The term "alcohol" in chemistry describes a any CH2OH compound. The "alcohol" compounds in ice cream are safe and will not get you drunk (obviously) or show up on a breath test. Errors with breathalyzers (false positives) are few, like if people drink gasoline, paint remover, etc. Severe diabetes or gastric reflux may do it too. ...Read more

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4 wks ago I started logging food to lose weight (mostly limiting sugar/alcohol). Stools have become loose, small and frequent (3x/day). Is that bad?

 4 wks ago I started logging food to lose weight (mostly limiting sugar/alcohol). Stools have become loose, small and frequent (3x/day). Is that bad?

Probably not: The kind of dietary changes you have made could be expected to result in changes in your bowel movements. More frequent, smaller stools would be common. As part of your healthier eating, be sure to include raw fruits and vegetables, increasing fiber/bulk, resulting in firmer stool. Eating like this may result in multiple stools daily which is normal. Good luck! ...Read more