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Sugar-Free Gum Can Be Deadly for Dogs

Posted 13 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Here's an alert for all dog lovers: Sugarless chewing gum isn't good for your pooch. In fact, it could be deadly. Xylitol, the substance that gives sugar-free gum its sweetness, is dangerous to dogs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The FDA has received multiple reports in recent years of dogs being poisoned by xylitol, which is used in various consumer products, such as sugar-free candy, breath mints, baked goods, chewable vitamins, mouthwash and toothpaste. "If you're concerned about your dog eating a food or product with xylitol in it, check the label of ingredients," Martine Hartogensis, an FDA veterinarian, said in a statement from the agency. "If it does, indeed, say that it contains xylitol, make sure your pet can't get to it." Xylitol isn't dangerous to people, but dogs process it differently than humans. They absorb it quickly, and it can ... Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy May Make for Heavier Infants

Posted 9 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened drinks every day may be more likely to give birth to heavier babies who are then more likely to become overweight children, researchers report. "Infants born to women who regularly consumed one or more artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy were twice as likely to be overweight by 1 year of age," said study author Meghan Azad, a research scientist at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. By her definition, an overweight baby weighs more than 97 percent of other babies of the same height and weight. This is the first study to investigate the potential effect of consuming artificial sweeteners during pregnancy and infant weight gain, Azad said. Interestingly, the researchers did not find any connection between drinking sugar-sweetened drinks and infant weight. And the effects were not explained by ... Read more

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