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Old 06-13-18, 03:06 AM
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Sugar alcohols

Does anyone know a bit about sugar alcohols. I know they are used for artificial sweetners. What baffles me is that they tend to make me really sleepy, perhaps worse than real sugar. I am not talking about a lot of it sometimes 1 protein bar with 5 grams makes me like I can't pedal anymore...
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Makes me have to move my bowels worse than a cup of expresso.

I try to avoid them. Some energy bars are loaded with them.
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Old 06-13-18, 04:03 PM
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I had one at our halway point last week. I could hardly pedal when we started back up. I was if I had been drugged.
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Makes me have to move my bowels worse than a cup of expresso.

I try to avoid them. Some energy bars are loaded with them.
^^ Same here.

I haven't researched them all in-depth, but most side effects are related to GI distress. This could be the first I've heard of them making someone sleepy.
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I haven't noticed any differences between the various sugars and sugar alcohols in my energy bars, electrolyte drinks and protein supplements. I'm pretty sensitive to blood sugar changes and GI distress, but can't recall any problems the past year that I'd attribute to those products.

Thinking back, all of my health issues over the past year have turned out to be due to other underlying factors -- mainly a wonky thyroid. I'd overlooked the lump in my throat until I was scheduled for shoulder surgery last month and the anesthesiologist checked the way the enlarged thyroid had constricted and deformed my trachea. He ordered me to get myself to a specialist pronto before even thinking about surgery.

So it's possible any transient issues I've noticed with my health over the past year had less to do with tweaking my diet and more to do with other neglected health issues.

Another factor for me in bouts with exhaustion are mostly due to ignoring the fact that I'm 60 now and can't get by with just 2-5 hours of sleep anymore. For years I was so accustomed to getting by with little sleep and can't do that with the level of physical stress I'm placing on my body the past year by riding my bike farther and faster over more difficult terrain.

I've been making more brief notes about little daily things: how I felt; what was wrong, if anything; what I'd had to eat and drink; how much I'd slept and how well; etc. I also take notes about whether I feel better after a ride or workout even when I felt sluggish or miserable before exercise; or whether the workout made me feel worse. Helps reduce the subjectivity and selective memory when it's written down.
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob View Post
Does anyone know a bit about sugar alcohols. I know they are used for artificial sweetners. What baffles me is that they tend to make me really sleepy, perhaps worse than real sugar. I am not talking about a lot of it sometimes 1 protein bar with 5 grams makes me like I can't pedal anymore...
Just some info .....
...... https://breakingmuscle.com/healthy-e...sugar-alcohols
https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist....er-gut-health/

Definitely strange that the sleepiness happens. GI issues for sure.
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I avoid artificial sweeteners like a plague,
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Sugar alcohols aren't artificial sweeteners, not in the sense that they're created only in the lab. They're mostly converted from "natural" sugars and mannitol occurs naturally in many plants.
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I avoid artificial sweeteners like a plague,
Serious quetion, why?
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Old 06-18-18, 05:18 PM
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Serious quetion, why?
Why ??....because artificial sweeteners do absolutely nothing positive for the human body. They are just chemicals which your body can't use for anything. Some artificial sweeteners are also very bad for your gut bacteria. Sugar can be used for energy, artificial sweeteners can't....It's also a personal preference, I don't really crave sweet foods. I use sugar strictly as fuel and not to satisfy my sweet tooth.
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