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So, I am pushing a year out from surgery and I have a gotten a ton of experience about how my body now works compared to 11 months ago. Today I decided to eat a sugar free candy bar because, well, I am human and I wanted to. It was delish, and it was sweetened with maltidol.

I don't know if you have any experience in eating maltidol - but it is basically a Fiber that turns your stomach into a nightmare - it was least for me until surgery. Exessive amounts are laxatives.

I ate a whole bar.

I woke up sweating, in the worst pain almost ever, crying. It just won't end. I am never doing this again.🤣

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I understand with all my research that sugar and fat will result in dumping syndrome. Sorry for your experience.

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I started having sugar-free chocolate bars at about eight months and had no problems at all. I still have them periodically, although I realize that I need to exercise moderation due to the fat and calories (and lack of protein). Perhaps it would have been better if I had had the same reaction as you! 🙂

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It's most likely the sugar alcohol (maltitol). Anything that ends in -itol is a sugar alcohol. Some people can tolerate those just fine, and others have the exact same experience you had.

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there are tons of reviews of Haribo Gummy bears, for example (that feature maltitol) by people who had the same experience you did. Here's an article about them:

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/sugar-free-gummy-bears-laxatives#1

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Yes, Malitol is the devil, and everyone has different tolerances... I can have a handful of Gummy bears and I'll just be gassy.. anything over that and I'm in the bathroom all day. (I am preop). I had them on my desk, one of my coworkers said he got bad diarrhea from only 2-3 gummy bears. So... beware the malitol! It tastes great but your tummy / intestines will revolt!

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4 hours ago, Recidivist said:

I started having sugar-free chocolate bars at about eight months and had no problems at all. I still have them periodically, although I realize that I need to exercise moderation due to the fat and calories (and lack of protein). Perhaps it would have been better if I had had the same reaction as you! 🙂

I don't currently have any sugar-free chocolate bars in the house, so I don't know whether they contain malitol. However, I have some packets of Werther's Original sugar-free candies sweetened with asulfame K, and just a few of those make me extremely ill.

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6 hours ago, MsMocie said:

Today I decided to eat a sugar free candy bar because, well, I am human and I wanted to. It was delish, and it was sweetened with maltidol.

May I ask what brand that was? I've never seen a sugar free candy bar. chocolate and chocolate spread sweetened with xylitol, yes (🤮 btw, save that money), but not a candy bar.

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I occasionally have 1 piece of Russell Stover Sugar Free Chocolate candy. 2 pieces= 1 serving. Just checked & does have malitol. I have no issues but maybe cause I’m only having 1/2 serving size. Thanks for heads up but sorry you got so sick!

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1 minute ago, Meadow76 said:

I occasionally have 1 piece of Russell Stover Sugar Free Chocolate candy. 2 pieces= 1 serving. Just checked & does have malitol. I have no issues but maybe cause I’m only having 1/2 serving size. Thanks for heads up but sorry you got so sick!

sugar alcohols don't affect everyone - just some people. I can eat them with no problem. But there are those who get horrible G/I distress from them, like the OP.

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I was not able to eat anything with sugar alcohols way before my surgery. A friend of mine had gastric bypass about 15 years ago and she was eating sugar-free candies. I tried one at work one day and I said never again! Besides, I don’t even like chocolate, so that will never be an issue for me.

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