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From New York, New York, USA:

What are sugar alcohols?

Answer:

Sugar alcohols are substances either found naturally in fruits, vegetables or shrubs/trees or produced commercially by hydrogenating dextrose or sucrose. These substances may be used in foods to provide sweetness or to alter texture of foods. Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and mannitol in food products contributes 4 calories per gram as does sugar. They are more slowly absorbed than sugar so may not have as big an effect on blood sugar initially. Some gastrointestinal side effects are possible and may be dose related such as diarrhea, cramping and gas. These symptoms can be severe and are often magnified in children when the dose exceeds 4-6 grams (this is simply the experience from children I have followed).

JM

Original posting 30 Oct 97

  
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