Sugar alcohol

Naturally occurring water-soluble alcohols. Also called polyhydric alcohol, polyalcohol, or glycitol, they are obtained commercially by the hydrogenation of sugars.

Common sugar alcohols include arabitol, erythritol, glycerol, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol, they are used extensively in the food industry as thickeners and sweeteners. Consumption of large quantities may cause gastric distress, including flatulence and diarrhoea.

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