After purchasing some sugar free chocolate almond clusters which my 82 year old mother, my husband and myself consumed, all with the same devastating effect, mainly horrible gas and gas pains with an actively gurgling stomach and light diarrhea.
I researched sugar free chocolate and gas and found this article which I must say, I can wholeheartedly agree with 100 percent, having field-tested it. I'm taking what is left back to the store to tell them they need to put a warning label on anything made with maltitol!
It annoys me to no end for a sugar-free candy company to proudly display the Splenda symbol on the front of their packaging and then use a sugar alcohol such as maltitol as the primary sweetener. That's false advertising if you ask me!
For those of you who have never consumed anything made with maltitol (believe me, you would know if you did!), this sugar alcohol is one of the worst sugar alternatives known to man. If you don't mind (excuse the graphic but accurate description) pooping and flatulating your brains out for hours after eating something with maltitol in it, then east up!
But most people find this nasty side effect just a wee bit too uncomfortable to indulge too often in products containing maltitol. I know I try to avoid them as much as possible myself because the gas they cause is very painful and disgusting.
One of my faithful readers shared with me her recent experience after accidentally consuming maltitol:
The other day while on the road, I stopped at a truck stop, and they had fudge and sugar-free fudge for sale. My dormant sweet tooth kicked in, and I got a pound of the sugar-free kind. I consumed a two-inch square of this fudge and it was yummy!
Unfortunately, I neglected to ask what was in the sugar-free fudge, and boy did I pay for it later! I was up all night with incredible intestinal problems that were only relieved when I got very sick. I'm sure, like most sugar-free chocolate candy, it was loaded with maltitol. I'd eaten a small bit of candy with maltitol several months ago and knew how bad it would affect me.
I guess this is just a good reminder to always check what sweetener is used in anything labeled sugar-free. Splenda is best, erythritol is okay, and aspartame and maltitol are no-nos! Now if we can only get the candy and soft drink manufacturers to follow along!
Amen! I've long held the belief that Russell Stover could replace the maltitol syrup that they use in their excellent line of sugar-free/low-carb chocolates with erythritol, Splenda and/or ACE-K. But will they listen to me? No! The only way to make them change is for enough people to write them a letter sharing their concerns about maltitol and simultaneously boycotting the purchase of their products until they change.
If they feel it in their pocketbook, then they will heed your opinions.
The lesson here is to always be cognizant of what is in the foods you are eating. Although you don't have to count the carbs in the sugar alcohols you consume while livin' la vida low-carb, there are better ones out there to enjoy without the unpleasant side effects that come from maltitol. Try erythritol or oligofructose instead.
I went out to a popular ice cream place in Spartanburg, South Carolina with my wife the other day called Bruster's. They had a sugar-free raspberry chocolate ice cream that looked delicious and it was. When I inquired what the sugar substitute was they told me it was sweetened with Splenda, but I knew it had maltitol in it as well a little later on when my stomach started break-dancing an hour after I ate it.
It just goes to show you how important reading those labels can be so you can beware of sneaky sugar alcohols!
There were lots of others that wrote in response to this note that had the same effects from eating maltitol or some kind of sugar-free candy or chocolate without knowing what was in it.
You should warn your readers about the horrible side effects of this ingredient. Two pieces of chocolate are enough to bring on a lot of gas but if you eat a half a cup or so, plan on spending the next six hours in the bathroom. N. Kramer