Diarrhea Bears: Fake Sugars Are Poison


Explosive Diarrhea is your body’s way of saying, “I hate what you just fed me”

That’s right, I said it. If you eat something and find yourself violently expelling, you need to consider both the preparation and content of the item you ate. If MANY people are having such a response it’s time to consider that the food, though FDA approved, may be poison to your system. Enter Diarrhea bears.

I’m referring to a sugarless gummy bear manufactured by Haribo and sold on amazon.com among other places. The bears are gaining popularity from the hilarious reviews written by recent victims of the seemingly innocent chewy treats. You can see a collection of some of the funniest ones by clicking here or going to amazon.com and searching “Haribo Sugarless gummy”. Click on “reviews” and get ready for some potty humor. The package warns that people sensitive to sugar alcohols may have adverse reactions.

But WHY are people having these reactions?

Sugar alcohols and other sugar substitutes have been a staple of “healthy food options” for the past few decades but our nation’s health and further study continue to point us toward the idea that these FDA approved substitutes may be doing us more harm than good. These studies are suggesting that sugar substitutes may contribute to the body increasing fat storage, harm thyroid function, mess with metabolism, decrease absorption of other nutrients and screw up your hormonal profile. The sugar substitute rumored to be the culprit in the diarrhea bear fiasco is LYCASIN, a brand name for maltitol. The product is created by hydrogenating high maltose glucose syrups and used in many baking/confectionary applications because it’s 90% as sweet as sugar. If you’re not familiar with hydrogenation, that’s the same name used for the process in which fats are super-heated and turned in to Trans-Fats, the mighty killer of arteries everywhere.

Diabetics may look to this maltitol substitute thinking that it can help control their blood sugar but surprisingly, it rates a 52 on the glycemic index while sugar rates a close 60 and studies may show the substance has 3 calories per gram while sugar has just 4 calories per gram. I’m not sure why anyone would choose to consume a product that’s barely better than sugar and leaves them with gut pain and diarrhea for 24 hours…

I hope we can all learn and grow from situations like this. I hope we come to understand that our bodies are smarter than any organization or manufacturer and that if we listen to them, we may increase our opportunity to live a long and healthy life.


My rule of thumb is, eat things as close as you can to the way God made them.


Eat, sleep, dream and live in ways that help you to feel good inside and out.



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Digestion and absorption of sorbitol, maltitol and isomalt from the small bowel. A study in ileostomy subjects.

Beware Of The 5 lb. Bag Of Sugarless Gummy Bears On Amazon.com – The Reviews Are Priceless!

author: Well Fit Life

Our goal is to get your body moving well and keep it that way as long as possible.


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