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What are Sugar Alcohols?

What are Sugar Alcohols?

Sugar alcohols, also known as polyols, are a group of natural sugar substitutes that include sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, lactitol, and erythritol. Despite the name, they are neither sugars nor alcohols — they’re carbohydrates with a chemical structure that partially resembles sugar and partially resembles alcohol, but they don’t contain ethanol as alcoholic beverages do. Known for having fewer calories and a pleasing sweet flavor, sugar alcohols are found in many food products labeled "sugar-free," including hard candies, baked goods, chewing gums, and beverages. 

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