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What Are The Side Effects of Sugar-Free Candy?

People love eating sweet items. Especially kids, who have a sweet tooth and love eating all sorts of candies which are sweet to taste as they are made of sugar. For kids who are active most of the time, high consumption of sugar is not very harmful. However, for those who are not that active and still love sweet candies, it is very risky indeed. As sugar candy has a high amount of sugar, it is rich in calories and of course, increases the sugar levels in the body.

The natural secretion of insulin controls the sugar and absorbs it, however, there is a limit, and if the intake goes beyond this limit, the body tries to remove it via the urine which is known as diabetes.

To avoid this situation and still fulfil the cravings of such candy lovers, there are sugar-free candies in the market where the sugar is not used. Instead of sugar, the makers use artificial sweeteners which are almost with no calorie or contain very low calories. The candy lovers believe that these candies are as good as the regular sugar candy, but in fact, there is no sugar, and hence those who have diabetes can also enjoy such candies.

But here comes a question: are the sugar-free candies free from side effects? Well, usually people believe that they are free from side effects but in fact, the real answer is a big NO. The artificial sweeteners also have some combinations of different elements that affect the human body in a variety of ways and hence it is important to know these effects before consuming such candies.

What Are The Sugar-Free Sweets Side Effects?

There is a lot of research being carried out by various scientists in this field to find out the various side effects caused by these candies. However, here one must remember that these results may vary on a case to case basis, based on the response from the body to various elements.

The sugar-free candies are made from elements such as xylitol, maltitol, sorbitol and aspartame as well as stevia. However, all these items have different effects on human body,  hence one needs to check out the candy sweetener being used in a particular brand of candy. Eating more than a couple of such candies will certainly cause some side effects.

The side effects also vary from case to case and hence it is important for every consumer to watch out for the side effects caused by the candy they are consuming.

The common side effects are gastric troubles, diarrhea, cramping and bloating. Those who suffer from IBS which is known as irritable bowel syndrome have to take extra care as less absorption of such elements can cause many other health issues. The common phenomenon is the ingredients such as sorbitol and xylitol are slow to be absorbed by the body and hence does not shoot up the blood sugar levels.

There is a significant portion of the sugar which is not absorbed and is removed via urine which also lets the user enjoy the taste of sugar and candy without increasing the sugar level.


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