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Paul Mason 6: Artificial sweeteners: lots of problems with them all

interviewed by Mariela Glandt

Artificial sweeteners (polyols and sugar alcohols)
are the “P” in FODMAPs..
associated with irritable bowel syndrome

fermentable oligosaccharides,
disaccharides, monosaccharides & polyols:
short chain carbohydrates that the small intestine
absorbs poorly

Can cause cramping, diarrhea, constipation,
bloating, & gas
-gives sweet taste on the tongue, but
-is non-caloric, so
-doesn’t get absorbed by body,
-passed down to intestines
-bacteria ferment it…
-causes gas

withdraws fluid, so end up with:
-bloating &

foods label: “may have laxative effect”

if having gastrointestinal issues?
stay away from artificial sweeteners

if ends in “ol”
sorbitol; xylitol; manitol


Other problem with artificial sweeteners is
addictive eating behaviors…
they stimulate the mesolimbic pathway:
this rewards us with dopamine-release
-makes us want to repeat that action

makes stopping an eating habit harder!