Somewhere, somehow, we ended up with some bubble gum on our coffee table. I decided to open up the pack and chew for a while, since it keeps my mouth busy while the rest of me is busy typing all these dang blog posts. I turned the gum pack around and saw the nutritional information. Huh, interesting – 1g Carbs, 0 Sugars, 1 gram ‘Sugar Alcohols’. I decided to find out if I could really get drunk off this…
A sugar alcohol (also known as a polyol, polyhydric alcohol, or polyalcohol) is a hydrogenated form of carbohydrate, whose carbonyl group (aldehyde or ketone, reducing sugar) has been reduced to a primary or secondary hydroxyl group. They are commonly used for replacing sucrose in foodstuffs, often in combination with high intensity artificial sweeteners to counter the low sweetness. [wiki]
Oh, yeah I don’t think it’ll get me drunk. Looks like the rum in the freezer will have to do.
as for many other incompletely digestible substances (such as dietary fiber), overconsumption of sugar alcohols can lead to bloating, diarrhea and flatulence because they are not absorbed in the small intestine. Some individuals experience such symptoms even in a single-serving quantity. [wiki]
/me spits out gum.
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