Sugar substitutes (polyols) are sugar-free sweeteners. They are carbohydrates yet they are not sugars. Polyols are used mostly in confectionery, food, oral care, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications.
The most widely used sugar substitutes are:
Low-calorie, sugar-free polyols have many health advantages compared to sugar:
Foods that contain sugar substitutes should be consumed in moderate amounts. For some individuals, over consumption of polyol-containing foods (about 50 grams of polyols or more per day) may cause laxative effects similar to prunes, beans or certain high-fibre foods.
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