Sorbitol, a polyol (sugar alcohol), is a bulk sweetener with diuretic, laxative and cathartic property, found in numerous food products. It is an odorless colorless solid, sinks and mixes with water. Sorbitol is about 60 percent as sweet as sucrose with less calories. It has a smooth mouthfeel with a sweet, cool and pleasant taste. Sorbitol has been safely used in processed foods for most half a century. It is also used in other products, such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
It occurs naturally in a wide variety of fruits and berries. Today it is commercially produced by the hydrogenation of glucose and is available in both liquid and crystalline form.
The product is used as a base ingredient, sweetener and excellent humectant in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, e.g. tablets/pills, toothpastes, cough syrups or mouthwashes, texturizing and anti-crystallizing agent.. Also in the food industry the product is used and listed as a food additive with the number E 420. As an alternative for Glycerin, Sorbitol can be used in various technical applications such as textile auxiliaries and polyurethanes.
Facts about Sorbitol:
- Provides bulk and sweetness with a clean, cool pleasant taste;
- Provides fewer calories than sugar at 2.6 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram;
- Does not contribute to the formation of dental caries;
- May be useful as an alternative to sugar for people with diabetes on the advice of their health care providers.
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