chewing gum diarrhea
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chewing gum diarrheaA type of osmotic diarrhea caused by an excess of sugarless chewing gum, which contains hexitols–eg, sorbitol and mannitol; hexitols are major constituents of sugar-free dietary foods, are not metabolized by bacteria, remain in the GI lumen, and ↑ intraluminal osmotic pressure, resulting in diarrhea
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