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Maltitol

Alternate Names

Lesys, Maltisweet, SweetPearl®

Description

Maltitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup. Like most sugar alcohols, it has no calorie content and is thus used in many low-calorie and diabetic foods.

Maltitol - Quick Stats
Names

Lesys, Maltisweet, SweetPearl®

Allergy Information

Uses

Sweetener, Humectant, Bulking Agent

E-Number

E965

Additional Information

It has 75-90% of the sweetness of sucrose (table sugar) and nearly identical properties, except for browning. It is used to replace table sugar because it has fewer calories and has a somewhat lesser effect on blood glucose.



Found In

Low-calorie, diabetic foods, dried fruit, candy.

Possible Health Effects

Bloating, diarrhea can result with the ingestion of high amounts. Some studies in rats have found an increase in benign and malignant tumors of the adrenal glands and a slight increase in breast cancer in female rats. It may raise blood sugar.

Allergy Information

May be Genetically Engineered or Modified, Corn

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