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From Flint, Michigan, USA:

I have found that most sugar-free foods have something called sugar alcohol. Is this a safe replacement? My pharmacist said that it was ok ay for a person with diabetes to consume as much sugar alcohol as she/he wanted, but I am still skeptical. Do you have any information regarding sugar alcohol?

Answer:

Great question. Sugar alcohols are lower in carbohydrate content than table sugar and other sweeteners but are broken down much slower in your body so watch the amount of alcohols you consume because overconsumption can keep you in the restroom much more often than you care to be (diarrhea). Sugar alcohols can be found in sugar free chocolates, candies, and ice cream products. Look for ingredients ending in -ol such as mannit-ol, sorbit-ol, xylit-ol, etc.

JMS

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Original posting 14 Dec 2001
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet

  
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