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Sugar AlcoholsSugar alcohols occur naturally in plants and have a chemical structure of part sugar, part alcohol. They are carbohydrates and are oftentimes referred to as polyols. Sugar alcohols are common sugar replacers used in various sugar-free and reduced-sugar foods that are recommended for diabetics.
There are many sugar alcohols, though the most common are insomalt, xylitol, sorbitol and maltitol. They are sometimes manufactured from starches or sugars, and sometimes extracted from plants. They are not completely absorbed by the body, so they provide fewer calories and less impact on the blood glucose level as sugars.
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