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Aug 1, 2013 08:11 AM

Beware the gummy bear

As someone who loves gummy bears, and occasionally gets'em from amazon (albanese), I will be extra careful not to get the sugar-free:

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    1. re: tcamp

      Not to be left in the breakroom without warning

      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        or teachers lounge.... my mom and her teacher friend always joked how teachers would eat annnnything left in lounge so after thanksgiving her friend found a bag of that stuffing mix left in her room that didnt make it in the food drive box....they opened it and poured it in a bowl.. and mixed in a bag or prezels from the machine... sure enough the bowl was empty by the end of the day.

    2. I wonder what impact the gummi worms have?

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        haha... the idea of eating worms isssss bad enough

      2. Ah the dreaded sugar alcohol (Maltitol disguised as "Lycasin").

        At least Amazon is thoughtful enough to post a warning on the product info page:

        Safety Warning
        Consumption of some sugar-free candies may cause stomach discomfort and/or a laxative effect. Individual tolerance will vary. If this is the first time you’ve tried these candies, we recommend beginning with one-fourth of a serving size or less. Made with Lycasin, a sugar alcohol. As with other sugar alcohols, people sensitive to this substance may experience upset stomachs.

        1. There's a reason why I know how to read the names of sugars and artificial sweeteners in Chinese....

          In Taiwan, sugarless gums and candies are sweetened with xylitol, and yes, I get pretty much the same reaction as described in the above link.

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          1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

            I intentionally buy Korean gum with xylitol - for oral hygiene.

          2. Funny, considering all the bullshit the fda imposes, and such a prolific reaction to the sweetener with some people...they allow it

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            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              These sugar alcohols are old, old, old products and were typically used in products like sugar-free gum or cough lozenges where they may have been gas-inducing but not much worse due to small dosages. I have no idea why they would ever be used in applications where the serving size was larger than a stick of gum. It's not the FDA's issue, it's a bad choice by the manufacturer.