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 (FDA) approved a “does not promote tooth decay” health claim for sugar-free products sweetened with sugar alcohols/polyols.

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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. With a low glycemic response, they can also reduce insulin response, helping reduce risk for diabetes.

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Polyols are low calorie sugar replacers with a clean, sweet taste and are approved for human use all over the world. They are included in a variety of foods we eat every day. Specific polyols include: erythritol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol.

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Why Polyols?

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 control, and/or reduce overall dietary glycemic response. For more details on any specific polyol (or sugar alcohol), please visit the links provided on this site.

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