Sugar Alcohols

Potentially Harmful
Also called D-Sorbitol is a type of sugar alcohol: a hybrid of sugar and alcohol molecules used as a low calorie substitute for sugar. It is manufactured from corn syrup and commonly used in packaged foods, beverages and medications.
Health Impact
In large amounts may cause bloating, diarrhea, gas, urgency, or abdominal cramps. Effects vary with each person, but with any food additive it is important to consume in moderation.
Sorbitol-based osmotic diarrhea: Possible causes and mechanism of prevention investigated in rats
Effects of olestra and sorbitol consumption on objective measures of diarrhea: impact of stool viscosity on common gastrointestinal symptoms
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