Note to Self – No More Sugar Free Jello Pudding!

love2eatinpa, 19 February 2010, 33 comments
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Nothing like learning a lesson the hard way.

I bought a 6-pack of “double chocolate sugarfree jello pudding” at the market a week or two ago. I thought the 60 calories of chocolate pudding would be good for those chocolate cravings with little damage in the calorie department.

I ate three of them over the course of the week and remember feeling a tiny bit of stomach discomfort afterwards, but didn’t think anything of it.

So yesterday at around 5:00 pm, I was really hungry and really wanted the chocolate jello. So I ate one. I had plenty of calories to hit my before dinner mark, so I ate two more of those little containers.

Not long after, I felt terribly bloated, full and (sorry to be gross!) had bad gas pains. I ate a light protein dinner because I wanted to put something healthy in my belly along with the pudding.

For the next five hours, until I went up to bed, I was laying in the fetal position, eating tums and gas-x to try to get rid of the horrible bloated feeling.

I even got sharp pains in my right shoulder. (I guess the gas pains were traveling around?) It reminded me of the time I ate a southbeach diet meal replacement bar and thought I was going to die from the stomach pains because I couldn’t even stand upright.

I guess it was the sugar alcohol? There were 6 g per container, so I had 18 grams. Is that the ingredient that is known to cause stomach issues?

Also, I can’t kid myself here, the discomfort would not have been nearly as bad if I had only eaten one, but the calories were mine for the taking, so I wanted to enjoy them.

Anyway, I will never bring those sugar free jello puddings into my house again. There are plenty of other ways to fill that chocolate craving in a much better way. I have plenty of go-to’s for that craving, but for some reason the pudding was the thing that was calling to me that day and I’m really trying to listen to my body’s cues. BIG mistake with the food choice. It won’t happen again.

Ever eaten anything in relative moderation that totally did not agree with you?

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  1. christie @ honoring health
    19 February 2010, 8:03 pm

    Story of my life, these days 🙁

    Those sugar alcohols are notorious for upsetting peoples stomachs, even in small quantities. I’m sorry you had to go through that 🙁

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    oh no! really? that has been happening to you a lot? are you ok?
    ok, so truly – note to self — sugar alcohols are bad for you. thanks for confirming.

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  2. Anonymous Fat Girl
    19 February 2010, 8:40 pm

    I haven’t had any of those in a long time (those things are hard for me to resist. I have to be so careful around them. ha ha), but yes it sounds like the sugar alcohols didn’t agree with you. I’ve heard of other people having the same reaction. There’s nothing worse than having stomach pains and gas like that! LOL At least you know what caused it and know what to do from now on.
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Fat ass to gym rat, week 15, video 9 =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i hate to think of all the people out there eating them and feeling as lousy as i did! they tasted very good, but not worth the hours of pain and discomfort.

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  3. Jody - Fit at 52
    19 February 2010, 11:27 pm

    Yup, got to watch those sugar alcohols! I have not chewed sugarless gum for over 25 years!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Make Your Dreams a Reality =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i need to attach a sticky note to my forhead!

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  4. Suzie
    20 February 2010, 8:28 am

    I am more likely to binge on things that are diet food like that. I’m better off having real chocolate to satisfy the craving. and I do have issues with digestion of that diet stuff. if you look at the ingredients it’s really crazy. maybe you could try making your own chocolate pudding or something similar? I’ve seen some made with tofu and chia seeds. Looks interesting? Making desserts is so much more satisfying too!
    .-= Suzie´s last blog ..3:30 am =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i hear ya, suzie, we feel like we can have more of it because it’s lower in calories so we are not doing as much ‘damage’. you are right, real chocolate is better and i do have that to eat, for some reason my body was craving chocolate in the consistency of pudding. interesting idea to make your own!

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  5. Diana
    20 February 2010, 10:06 am

    Huh. I didn’t even realize it was in sugarless gum. Didn’t think about it.
    One more thing to avoid…the list keeps getting longer and longer! grrr. I don’t eat stuff like that b/c of the hfcs.
    Thanks for the tip 🙂
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Scale betrayal =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i didn’t know either! but i’m actually ok with sugarless gum. i chew trident. i have about 4-5 pieces a week and i don’t think it effects me. maybe it’s the larger doses that hit me.

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  6. Diana
    20 February 2010, 10:07 am

    Hope you feel better
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Scale betrayal =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, the next morning i felt fine thank goodness.

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  7. Holly
    20 February 2010, 10:14 am

    I’ve bought those before…they are YUMMY, but they do hurt my tummy and more than that – they don’t satisfy me one bit! I think I go in innocently and think, “Hmm…this is chocolate, but low in cals – might as well get it for when I have a chocolate craving!” But because it doesn’t fill me up, it actually leads me to wanting MORE sweets.

    I definitely have gone overboard with the Fiber One bars. They are SO GOOD, but um, 9 grams of fiber is plenty. I had three one night (!) and I won’t go into detail but….the next day wasn’t plenty. Needless to say, I don’t buy them anymore! 😉
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Two Slow Cookers, Two Meals =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i wonder if there is something in them that chemically makes your body crave more sweets? but you are right, as yummy as they are, they don’t fill you. that is why i ate three.
    oh boy, that was a lot of fiber there, holly, but those bars ARE good. i guess a lesson learned the hard way for you too, huh? 😉

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  8. Holly
    20 February 2010, 10:15 am

    oops – meant next day wasn’t “pretty”!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Two Slow Cookers, Two Meals =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! just goes to show how your eyes play tricks on you, when i read it i saw “pretty”.

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  9. Shelby
    20 February 2010, 10:57 am

    Yup, sugar alcohols are nasty nasty things for some people.

    I have to stay away from “treats” like that because I don’t have it in me to just eat one.

    You feeling all better now?
    .-= Shelby´s last blog ..Going For A Streak =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m learning so much from everyone’s responses, thank you!!!
    it seems like my belly can handle sugar-free things like gum (there is only 1 g in the gum i chew), but apparently if there are greater quantities of it in foods, that does not agree with me.
    i am feeling much better, now, thanks shelby!

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  10. Patsy
    20 February 2010, 12:46 pm

    When I first visited America and I was in Seattle, I’d just got off the monorail straight into a sweet shop… I was at around my slimmest then (180lbs – I’m a 6 footer) and thought I’d treat myself to some sugar-free jelly beans… I didn’t read the warning and had the most awful stomach pains and diarrhoea for the next couple of days! 🙁
    .-= Patsy´s last blog ..The Perfect 10 Challenge – Week 7 Update =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    ugh! you poor thing! you can definitely relate.

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  11. Jodi
    21 February 2010, 1:29 am

    I’m addicted to those cups. I’ve even had three or four in a single night before! And I’ve never ever experienced even the slightest discomfort. Odd.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    they are pretty good, aren’t they? =) you must have an iron stomach, good for you!

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  12. msplacedagain
    21 February 2010, 9:50 am

    This totally has happened to me. AND it took a lot more detective work on my part because the culpret was sugar free lifesavers! It took me forever to figure it out, that only two large life savers caused me hours of anguish!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    oh man, sorry that happened to you, but thanks for the heads-up about the lifesavers!

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  13. Jill
    21 February 2010, 7:29 pm

    Just for future reference when buying sugar free goodies…anything that is a sugar alcohol will have -ol at the end of it (ex. sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol) so look for those things on the labels of the sugar free things you buy. I hope this helps and I’m so glad you are feeling better! 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for the good advice, jill!

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  14. Jill
    21 February 2010, 9:12 pm

    You’re welcome! 🙂

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  15. Jen
    27 February 2010, 4:05 pm

    Oh, yes – my digestive system has done battle with sugar alcohols in the past. Mine came in the form of those sugar-free hard candies. I always look for the little warning on the back now that says: “Excess consumption may have a laxative effect. ” That usually indicates there may be some sugar alcohols in there.
    Also, I do find myself occasionally craving more sugar after a sugar-free snack. Supposedly, the artificial sweeteners confuse the brain. The enzymes in our mouth tell our bodies to prepare an insulin release for sugar…but since it’s a sugar-free food, the insulin isn’t really needed. So, the body crashes, which leads to an actual sugar craving. Heck, we just can’t win, can we? LOL
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..February 26th, 2010 =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    ooh, good tip, jen, i didn’t realize they labeled foods like that! very interesting about the sugar-free snack info. it does make perfect sense. might as well just go for the good stuff (*gulp* in moderation) huh?

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  16. Cammyrose5
    25 September 2012, 1:54 pm

    Okay. Sounds like I am not going to die. Woke up in the middle of the night with severe sharp cramps. I had eaten a whole bag of Russell stover sugar free candies. I never have any effects just eating a couple. But wow. That was intense. Can’t fool mother nature. That’s it for them. Back to eating “plain” food.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    ugh! i’m so sorry you had to go through that! that sugar free stuff is made of some serious gi-distress stuff. hard lesson to learn, but now you know.

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  17. Rachel
    22 January 2013, 1:43 am

    Thank you for this page and information. Tonight I ate one cup of chocolate pudding hello. Woke up two hours later with horrible stomach pain next to belly button and radiated to right side. Have history of gallbladder pain and IBS but tests always come back normally. Changing diet and portions helped me a lot. Glad to see I am not alone

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    ugh!! sorry you had to go through that. tough way to learn a lesson, huh?

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