Why does sugar free food act like a laxative?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-01-28 13:59:21 -0600
Started 2011-01-26 07:55:56 -0600

No matter what I eat that says it's sugar-free, I always end up going to the restroom. So I've learned to limit foods that have the words sugar-free in them. Do you also have this problem? If so, do you limit or eliminate the food all together?

20 replies

Beerlilly 2011-01-27 18:43:23 -0600 Report

It could be the sugar alcohol or the different sugar substitutes. I know that my digestive system really has a problem if i eat a food that has to much sorbital.

GabbyPA 2011-01-26 09:52:22 -0600 Report

There are a lot of "sugar free" foods that you can make at home and eliminate the laxative properties.

Purchase plain yogurt or gelatin, and add your own flavors and fruit. Use a sweetener you use at home. I use stevia and agave nectar depending on what I am making.

You can make sugar free cookies, but they still have a lot of carbs in them from the flour, so discovering things like flourless cookie recipes or alternative flour recipes. I just made some oatmeal cookies with almond flour. That cuts the carbs dramatically. Of course, hubby still wants the raisins, but if you leave them out it is better still.

Kirla 2011-01-26 20:05:16 -0600 Report


For the few people who can use soy flour or soy products, I found replacing soy flour for regular flour in some cakes, pancakes, waffles and now pasta works great. Best part is I can eat a good size serving and they don’t spike my blood sugar. I like having a piece of cake at lunch most days. The wife likes making me the soy pasta with no sugar added pasta sauce for supper. On weekends when I have more time, I like eating a fried egg on a soy pancake covered with 1-teaspoon sugar free jam instead of having toast along with some turkey bacon. I eat the waffles plain. Just toast them and eat. Plan on making muffins and cookies soon. If I ever decide to quit eating the soy products I plan on experimenting with almond flour some day. I Googled Almond flour recipes once and found there’s lots of recipes out there. I buy soy flour for a dollar a pound. Haven’t found almond flour that cheap yet. Best I could find is 4-5 dollars a pound.


GabbyPA 2011-01-27 07:13:04 -0600 Report

But you can be making your own almond flour from your almond milk. I avoid soy products because they are almost all GMO now a days. So I try to steer clear of those. I picked up some Spelt flour that is an insane price. I also picked up some rye flour to give a try to some rye bread. I never thought of looking up almond flour recipes...duh!! I will have to do that.

re1ndeer 2011-01-26 13:28:23 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, I'm going to try the plain gelatin with fruit.

GabbyPA 2011-01-27 07:10:37 -0600 Report

You will have to experiment for a while to get it flavored the way you like it. Once you do, would you share your recipe here for everyone to use? We would appreciate it. You will need to sweeten it, but use stevia for that and see how that goes.

kdroberts 2011-01-26 09:15:43 -0600 Report

Because very often the substitute is sugar alcohol which is broken down in the intestines rather than the stomach.

re1ndeer 2011-01-26 13:29:34 -0600 Report

But, not all sugar-free foods have sugar alcohol in them.

kdroberts 2011-01-26 13:44:11 -0600 Report

No they don't, but many do now and a lot are switching out some of the other sweeteners for sugar alcohols.

It could also be something as simple as the food itself is raising your blood sugar to high levels and that is causing other issues.

re1ndeer 2011-01-26 13:52:42 -0600 Report

I really never thought that other food could be causing the issue, since the majority of the time, it is after something that I have eaten with sugar free in the listing of ingredients (on the label). I will look into this further. Thanks for the response.

kdroberts 2011-01-26 13:59:53 -0600 Report

Sugar free doesn't really mean much since sugar is only one of the things that will raise blood sugar. Sugar free drinks will generally be carb free, something like sugar free chocolate or cookies will generally be almost as high in carb as the sugared version.