• Facts about polyols: A list of polyols and products using polyols
  • Benefits: Polyols are unique sweeteners that taste like sugar, but have special advantages.
  • Oral Health: Polyols taste like sugar, but do not promote tooth decay.



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 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. They also function well in fillings and frostings, canned fruits, beverages, yogurt and tabletop sweeteners.


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


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On September 17 at 2:00 pm ET, the Calorie Control Council, along with the Research Chefs Association, is sponsoring a webinar titled, “Polyols: A Sweet Alternative to Sugar Reduction.” This webinar will review the safety and benefits of polyols and include a demonstration on the use of polyols in different food applications. Registration for this webinar can be found here. Act quickly as spaces in the webinar are limited.

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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