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Maltitol is a sugar
alcohol used as a sugar substitute. It
has 90% the sweetness of sugar. Its properties
are close to sugar, except for the browning use of
It is used to very
easily replace sugar.
maltitol is well known to cause gastric distress,
particularly if consumed in great quantities. Commercially, it is known under trade names such as Maltisorb
Production and uses
Commercially, maltitol is produced by Cerestar,
Roquette, SPI Polyols, Inc., and Towa Chemical
Industry Co., Ltd among other companies.
It is used mostly in production of sweets -
baked goods, and ice
Metabolism of maltitol
Maltitol is more suitable
for people with diabetes
than white sugar (sucrose).
It is very important to note that it does effect
impact. Fructose, actually have a
significantly lower impact on blood sugar.
Since it has such sugar like
properties, sweet producers use it in vast
Due to its slow absorption, excessive consumption
can have laxative
effect and often can cause gas and/or bloating.
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