Skip to comments.Dog Owners Warned Over Sugar-Free Items
Posted on 10/01/2006 3:08:40 PM PDT by KJC1
NEW YORK (Sept. 30) - Keep those sugarless treats out of Fido's reach. Veterinarians warned on Friday that a commonly used sweetener might cause liver failure in dogs, and perhaps even kill them.
Their report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association appears to strengthen the suspected link between the sugar substitute xylitol, thought to make dogs sick, and possible liver failure.
Xylitol, a naturally occurring product, is found in many sugar-free chewing gums, candies, baked goods and toothpastes.
Researchers Sharon Gwaltney-Brant and Eric Dunayer with staff at a poison unit of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Urbana, Illinois, gathered information on eight dogs treated between 2003 and 2005 after eating products containing xylitol.
Each dog became ill, and five died or had to be put down because of liver failure, possibly from ingesting xylitol.
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Note to self: no more sugar free Trident for the dog.
Yeah I've heard about this before. Scary. Everyone spread the word.
Milk bone will have to suffice.
I never drink sugar free stuff myself, either. I just don't trust the stuff. Saccharine was outlawed, but I suspect that many of the substitutes are probably worse.
That's scary. Thanks for posting.
"One dog who had to be euthanized had eaten four large, chocolate-frosted muffins containing about 1 pound of xylitol."
4 muffins with a POUND of sweetener?
I've been trying for years to get my family to stop the sugar-free stuff. I would think that if this kills dogs ... it can't be too good for humans. No?
From Walgreens.com, it uses Sorbitol, Maltitol, and Mannitol for sweetening:
Sorbitol , Gum Base , Maltitol , Mannitol , Artificial Flavoring , Natural Flavoring , Acacia Less Than 2% , Acesulfame Potassium Less Than 2% , Aspartame Less Than 2% , BHT Less Than 2% - to Maintain Freshness , Calcium Casein Peptone-Calcium Phosphate Less Than 2% - Lactose-free Milk Derivative , Candelilla Wax Less Than 2% , Glycerin Less Than 2% , Sodium Stearate Less Than 2% , Titanium Dioxide Less Than 2% - Color
The chocolate itself isn't good for a dog either.
I don't know what would be worse for my Silver, liver failure or death.
I trust a dog can live without a liver after reading this?
Needless to say, sugar-free products may be dangerous to humans too. I heard that you can use sugar-free packets to kill ants. Haven't tried it yet. I usually try to stay away from those things anyway.
I keep my family away from the artificial stuff as well. For me, personally, I have a reaction to it...usually a headache.
I think people freak out too much about chocolate and dogs. I know of several dogs that have eaten large candy bars and were fine or had a little diarrhea. My vet said they have to eat a lot to cause serious problems.
But getting back to my original comment.....a POUND of sweetener?? Who uses a pound?
In some cases, such as chocolate, and perhaps xylitol, the substance is quite ok if you have the enzymes to digest it.
Xylitol is my preferred sweetener - healthier for humans, because we digest it slower than other sugars, so doesn't cause an insulin rush, and because it is not recognized as food by oral bacteria, so doesn't contribute to dental caries. It's a five carbon sugar, unlike other sugars that have six carbons.
A big bar of bitter or semi-sweat cooking chocolate would be more dangerous for a dog.
Google Teflon and parrots. You find all sort of 'proof' that Teflon used in a house with parrots will cause instant death. Same biz with Febreze... instant death!
Would I give my dog a cupcake? No way, I'd give him a pork chop or a beef rib.
Sorbitol , Gum Base , Glycerin , Mannitol , Natural Flavors , Artificial Flavors , Xylitol , Citric Acid , Malic Acid , Acetylated Monoglycerides , Soy Lecithin , Aspartame , Acesulfame Potassium , BHT to Maintain Freshness , Yellow 6 Lake , Yellow 5 Lake , Yellow 5 , Red 40 , Yellow 6 , Blue 1
"Don't give it to your dogs or pet ants. "
LoL. That made me laugh
"I heard that you can use sugar-free packets to kill ants"
I've heard baking soda sprinkled on ants causes them to explode. I use baking soda quite often and I've never exploded. ;~ )
Imagine what it must be doing to people then.
No one has ever died from sugar substitute use.
Not yet. Keep reading...
However, many people who would have died from consuming sugar (Diabetics) are alive and able to enjoy many more foods and drinks because of sugar substitutes.,
I'm sorry, but that is not a valid argument. Sugar is not a life sustaining food. In fact, it screws up your body's metabolism and raises your blood sugar and gets converted to body fat which contributes to our national obesity epidemic.
It has been suggested that type 2 diabetes got their conditions from consuming too much sugar and carbohydrates.
These substances have been studied for many years and so far have proved to be safe.
I'm sorry. Aspartame is used in over 5000 products. It accounts for 75% of all side effects reported to the FDA Adverse Reaction Monitoring System. 2 of the 92 recognized sympthoms the FDS linked to Aspartame are seizures and vertigo. Air Force and airline pilots are routinely warned about the dangers of aspartame.
When Aspartame is in your body, it breaks down into a very dangerous component - formaldehyde. You know, the stuff they use to preserve dead bodies?
By the FDA's own admission, only 1% of those who experience side effects actually report them. In 1994, there were 10,000 complaints. (Keeping in mind this was over ten years ago so it is possibly much higher now) So that moves the real figure closer to 1 million complaints a year.
The FDA set the acceptable daily intake of aspartame to 50mg per kilogram of bodyweight. The average American consumes 30 miligrams but many go higher. However, Italian scientists noticed rats consuming only 8% of the ADI had increased cancer rates.
Of course, this is America, so science has nothing to do with anything. We just let popular opinion decide what is safe and what isn't.
You are absolutely correct Sir!
Ultimately, we are responsible for our own bodies. I wanted to rebut your arguments so the rest of the readers can make up their own minds. And I have no conflict of interest.
I just want to live a long and healthy life... or until I get hit by a bus.
I don't want a bunch of knee-jerk out of touch clueless people jumping on the baloney bandwagon you and your type pull around, causing it to be banned.
Name calling has no place here. Shame on you.
Are you saying that sucrose does this or are all carbohydrates responsible? We get the majority of our carbs from starch so I'd be interested in knowing what it is about either of them that is responsible for screwing up our metabolism. I am referring to a healthy body of course, that produces insulin normally.
I also don't understand why diabetics shouldn't be allowed to enjoy sweeteners that don't wreak havoc with their health. Are you saying that diabetics shouldn't be able to enjoy soft drinks, candy, snacks, baked goods or any other recipe that calls for sugar just because you feel there is something wrong with artificial sweeteners?
... and gets converted to body fat which contributes to our national obesity epidemic.
All carbohydrates are converted by the body into glucose. What isn't needed for immediate energy is converted to glycogen, which is then stored in the liver and muscles. If the glycogen reserves are full, the body converts it to depot fat. Are you saying that we should ban all carbohydrates because people who consume more calories than they burn will get fat?
It has been suggested that type 2 diabetes got their conditions from consuming too much sugar and carbohydrates
Sop what? People can get sick from over-consuming all sorts of things. Is the answer to begin banning things that most people consume and enjoy in moderation without any negative results?
2 of the 92 recognized sympthoms the FDS linked to Aspartame are seizures and vertigo.
Do you have a link for this. I've read a lot of FDA studies but I've never seen one yet that establishes Aspartame as a cause for seizures and vertigo. People who suffer from PKU are susceptible to all kinds of horrible reactions if they consume phenylalanine. Since phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, which is found in almost every protein on earth, these people have a lot more to worry about than aspartame. Banning aspartame would do nothing to alleviate their affliction.
When Aspartame is in your body, it breaks down into a very dangerous component - formaldehyde.
Less than 1% of a typical diet soda using aspartame is comprised of methanol. The minute (read: minuscule) amount of formaldehyde that this produces is easily eliminated by the liver. Granted, the liver has a harder time with one-carbon alcohols but you will do more damage to your liver drinking one vodka and tonic or smoking one cigarette, than you will from drinking a 6-pack of diet coke.
Did you know that potatoes contain arsenic? When you eat lima beans you're also eating cyanide. Coffee contains more than 600 chemicals and more than 200 of them are still not identified. Of the ones identified, many are toxic. You could never consume of enough of these toxins from eating these foods however. It's the same thing for aspartame. You would never eat enough of this ingredient for the methanol to hurt you in any way.
In 1994, there were 10,000 complaints. (Keeping in mind this was over ten years ago so it is possibly much higher now) So that moves the real figure closer to 1 million complaints a year.
And the FDA is just ignoring this obvious public health crisis? Where do you get your information from?
The FDA set the acceptable daily intake of aspartame to 50mg per kilogram of bodyweight. The average American consumes 30 miligrams but many go higher.
According to the FDA, the 90th percentile of aspartame consumption is roughly 3.0 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. For a 150-lb adult, this would be about 210 milligrams of aspartame, which is approximately the amount in one 12-oz. can of aspartame-sweetened soft drink plus one packet of aspartame-based table-top sweetener. The acceptable daily intake of aspartame (the estimated amount that a person can safely consume on average every day over a lifetime without risk) is 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day, or about 16 times the 90th percentile intake. Do you know anyone consuming 16 times the 90th percentile of aspartame consumption?
However, Italian scientists noticed rats consuming only 8% of the ADI had increased cancer rates.
Are you referring to the Ramazzini study by Dr. Morando Soffritti? If so, you should be aware that the The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently concluded that the Ramazzini assertion that aspartame was a carcinogen was not supported by data. Apparently, Dr. Soffritti used lab rats for his tesing that were suffering from chronic organ dysfunction. This is just one of many other major flaws in the study. The EFSA is much more cautious than the FDA. Dr. Soffritti's research has been so thoroughly discredited that it is unlikely he will be receiving research grants in the future.
I wanted to rebut your arguments so the rest of the readers can make up their own minds. And I have no conflict of interest.
Why do you assume that anyone with an understanding of chemistry and nutrition has a conflict of interest? If you want to rebut arguments I would suggest providing links to the sources for your information. Unless, of course, you understand the issues well enough to debate them based on your scientific knowledge.