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What Are Sugar Alcohols?

Sugar alcohols, also known as polyols, are carbohydrates that chemically have characteristics of both sugars and alcohols.

Sugar alcohols are found naturally in small amounts in a variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s not the same type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages.

On the nutrition fact label, may manufacturer list the amount of sugar alcohols there are in a product, it’s voluntary. They may also list the name of a specific sugar alcohol.

How Sugar Alcohols Comes To Be

Sugar alcohols are primary photosynthetic products that accumulate temporarily in leaves during the light period and trans-locate to other plant organs at night. (source 🗗)

Examples Of Sugar Alcohols

There are seven sugar alcohols approved internationally for use in food products

  • Sorbitol (E420)
  • Mannitol (E421)
  • Isomalt (E953)
  • Maltitol (E965)
  • Lactitol (E966)
  • Xylitol (E967)Erythritol (E968)
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Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!