Seven surprising reasons trouble is brewing in your gut.
By Katherine Harmon Courage
You Dumped Your Sugar Habit
The problem: You replaced refined sugar with other sweeteners, and now you have to go. A lot.
What it could be: Natural sugars (such as fructose), sugar alcohols (such as sorbitol, xylitol or erythritol) and artificial sweeteners (such as sucralose, i.e. Splenda) "can have almost a laxative effect" for some people, says Robin Rothstein, M.D., medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Temple University. Those sweets are just one category of "fermentable carbohydrates," foods that can wreak havoc on some people's guts (another common irritating class is lactose), causing diarrhea, gas and/or bloating.
What to do: "[If you're] munching on sugar-free gummy bears and then running off to the bathroom," Rothstein says, start keeping an eye on food labels. Avoid foods with ingredients ending in -ose (as in fructose) and -ol (such as xylitol).Read More »from Do You Have a Bowel Problem?