noun[mass noun] Chemistry
A colourless sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol which is found in many plants and is used in various foods and medical products.
- Chemical formula: CH2OH(CHOH)4CH2OH.
- The most common sugar alcohols are sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and xylitol.
- Many diabetic patients replace sugary foods with dietetic foods that contain sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol.
- Sugar alcohols, including xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol and maltitol, do not promote tooth decay or sudden spikes in blood sugar.
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