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recovering from unintentional consumption sugar substitute

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Created June 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM

he assured me it was high quality belgium chocolate; he's a liar! it had maltitol and lactitol in it. i feel like i've been hit by a truck. i have a headache, my tongue is tingling, i'm anxious, light headed and my tummy hurts.

i read the cupcake and restaurant threads, but not sure if that advice applies. how do i get this stuff out of my system quickly? drink lots of water? green tea? sleep it off?

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:47 AM

so maybe there was something in the lunch he served? maybe not the chocolate at all?

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:45 AM

perhaps that is what i'm detecting as a tingle in my tongue; thanks.

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:44 AM

thanks jENN....

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on June 29, 2011
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after i started feeling ill i called my friend and asked for the brand name to google. so ya, maybe some of it is mental. i was really upset after i read that it was more than cocoa.

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:21 AM

You'll be fine! That's barely anything! I'm sure after being clean for so long it's probably a shock to your system, but part of that may be mental too.

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at 12:35 AM

btw...thanks :)

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2 squares, so less than an ounce. i have been clean for over two year and paleo-ish for 2 months. i didn't have my glasses with me, so i couldn't read the label :(

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 29, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Sugar alcohols are not harmless at all. I get diarrhea almost immediately from ingesting even a small amount, and have gotten migraines as well...Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid taken to bowel tolerance plus drinking lots of extra water will help clear your system more quickly ...some of us are more sensitive than others, and have to be always vigilant.

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:38 AM

don't overreact. you'll be fine. sleep it off or something.

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:27 AM

You really just have to wait it out. Drinking water or green tea may help speed it up a little, but probably not by much. If you really feel that badly, sleeping isn't a terrible idea.

Did you eat a large quantity of it? I wouldn't think there would be too much bad stuff in something like chocolate.

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:34 AM

2 squares, so less than an ounce. i have been clean for over two year and paleo-ish for 2 months. i didn't have my glasses with me, so i couldn't read the label :(

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:21 AM

You'll be fine! That's barely anything! I'm sure after being clean for so long it's probably a shock to your system, but part of that may be mental too.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 29, 2011
at 01:43 AM

after i started feeling ill i called my friend and asked for the brand name to google. so ya, maybe some of it is mental. i was really upset after i read that it was more than cocoa.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 29, 2011
at 12:35 AM

btw...thanks :)

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:20 AM

There are many high quality belgian chocolates made with maltitol and other sugar alcohols so the quality of the chocolate is not likely an issue. The true issue is the presence of the relatively harmless sugar alcohols which you would have preferred not to ingest.

In my experience, of the sugar alcohols, maltitol is more likely to cause intestinal distress than most of the others especially when you're not used to it. However, in that regard, it's not unlike coconut milk and coconut oil so I wouldn't get to worked up about it.

It'll definitely pass through your system quickly and since both of them have very poor systemic absorption. Since they simply do not absorb well enough to cause the tongue-tingling, anxious, light-headed symptoms you're experiencing, those symptoms are either 1)caused by a different food 2)totally unrelated to food (maybe just an actual anxiety attack?) or 3)a byproduct of the intestinal distress.

Hope you feel better soon!

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:47 AM

so maybe there was something in the lunch he served? maybe not the chocolate at all?

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:52 AM

I have the same thing happen when I go to friends houses. I just learn from it. It goes away in a couple hours

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:44 AM

thanks jENN....

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on June 29, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Hazelnut fluff is in a lot of chocolate.

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I'd drink three or four glasses of water to help flush it, then head for a nice long walk, perhaps followed by a nap. When your stomach settles, either bland food or no food tonight and you'll feel right as rain in the morning.

And, in the future, I've had good luck sensing those fake chemicals if I take the first bite slowly- let the food start to dissolve and coat my tongue, then breath in deeply over/through the tongue to get the smell sensors involved too. To me, they 'taste'...sharp? metallic/chlorine? electrifyingly sweet? Hard to describe, but a few tests should help you isolate the taste for you.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:45 AM

perhaps that is what i'm detecting as a tingle in my tongue; thanks.

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