• Facts about polyols: A list of polyols and products using polyols.



The benefits of sugar-free foods have long been recognized in many countries. In the U.S., after extensive review of scientific data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a “does not promote tooth decay” health claim for sugar-free products sweetened with sugar alcohols.


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Polyols serve as useful sugar replacers in a wide range of products as part of a sugar free diet. These sugar free foods and products include chewing gums, candies, ice cream, baked goods and fruit spreads. With a low glycemic response, they can also reduce insulin response, helping reduce risk for diabetes.


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Low calorie sugar replacers with a clean, sweet taste, approved for human use all over the world and included in a variety of foods we eat every day, polyols include: Erythritol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysates, Isomalt, Lactitol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol and Xylitol.


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Consumers say they regularly use low-calorie, sugar free foods and beverages to stay in better overall health and want more from which to choose. Low-calorie, sugar free products can easily replace higher calorie foods and beverages to meet this consumer demand.

A group of reduced-calorie sweeteners known as polyols (or sugar alcohols) provide some unique qualities to reduced-calorie products. These sweeteners are neither sugars nor alcohols. Instead, they are a group of low-digestible carbohydrates used as sugar replacers. These sweeteners taste like sugar but have several special advantages. As part of a sugar free diet, polyols assist in the maintenance of good oral health, aid in weight loss or and reduce overall dietary glycemic load. For more details on any specific polyol (or sugar alcohol), please visit the links provided on this site.

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