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what is sugar alchol?


Sugar alcohols are ingredients that occur naturally in foods and come from plant products such as fruits and berries. They are used as sweeteners as they have fewer calories that sugar but they are not the same as artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners contain zero calories while sugar alcohols contain about 2.6 calories per gram. Artificial sweeteners don’t contain carbohydrates and don’t have any effects on blood sugar.

Sugar alcohols are mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, isomalt, maltitol and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates (HSH) and they are not used in home food preparation, but there are many in the processed foods. Those products that have “sugar-free,” labels usually contain sugar alcohols.
Sugar alcohols are good because they have fewer calories and don’t cause sugar decay but can cause bloating and diarrhea when eaten in excessive amounts.
They are ok to be used but not in large amounts.