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The Down Low on Low-Carb Diets

How to avoid the pitfalls and side effects of a low-carb weight loss plan.

Low Carbs and Supplements continued...

"Anything above 10 grams or more of sorbitol at a time has been shown to cause gastrointestinal upset -- and some of these low-carb diet foods have as much as 30 grams a serving," says Heller. While it won't make you violently ill, she says, it can make you -- and those in the same room -- pretty uncomfortable.

Sondike agrees and also cautions us to "read the labels."

"If a product is advertised as having 3 net carbs but the label says 35 grams of carbs, then it's likely that 32 grams are sugar alcohol -- and it's probably going to upset your stomach," says Sondike.

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