What causes diet sweets to give you diarrhea? what actually happens inside your body?

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What causes diet sweets to give you diarrhea? what actually happens inside your body?

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It is the sweeteners found inside them. They are similar enough to glucose and other sugars our body uses for our taste receptors to think they are sweet, however ij our gut there are more specialist transporters that only work with specific sugars, mostly glucose. The sweeteners aren’t compatible with them so they stay inside the gut. This is why sweeteners can taste sweet but be zero calories, your body physically cant use them.

Now these sweeteners stay inside your intestines to be excreted in your poo. But if you rat them in a high enough amount it will draw water into your gut via osmosis (or prevent water already in their being absorbed by the body) extra water in your pool causes diarrhoea or loose stools.

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