Sugar Alcohols

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Last Updated: 08 May 2022

Sugar alcohols are sugar that have about half the calories of routine sugar. Many foods labeled "sugar free" or "no sugar added" have sugar alcohols in them. Food business often integrate sugar alcohols with sweetening agents to make foods taste sweeter. You could benefit from exchanging sugar alcohols for sugar and other higher-calorie sweeteners if you're trying to lose weight. Besides being lower in calories, sugar alcohols do not cause dental caries, which is why they're used in sugar-free gum and mouth wash. Sugar alcohols additionally create an air conditioning sensation when used in large amounts, which works well with mint flavors. Foods that have mannitol or sorbitol in them include a caution on the package that consuming a great deal of these foods can make them imitate a laxative. If the packaging consists of a statement about the health and wellness impacts of sugar alcohols, suppliers have to provide the quantity per offering.

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