Sugar Alcohol

[ Sugar alcohol, Alditol, Glycitol, Polyalcohol, Polyhydric alcohol ]

Any of a class of sweet-tasting polyols, used widely in the food industry as sweeteners and thickeners.

Biochemically, sugar alcohols are neither sugars nor alcohols although they are commercially produced from sugars. The more common sugar alcohols include erythritol, isomalt, maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol.

While sugar alcohols may still affect blood sugar levels, they have a lower caloric energy than sugars and do not contribute to tooth decay. Studies suggest that some sugar alcohols have the potential to affect intestinal microbiota and/or gut environment. They may cause bloating and diarrhea when consumed in excessive amounts.

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