Sweet News – Sugar Alcohols

Sweet News – Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols are found in sugar-free candy, gum, snack bars, and other sugar-free foods. They contain half the amount of calories and carbohydrates compared to sugar and appear on food labels under “carbohydrates” in the form of “sugar alcohols”. Examples of these sweeteners found within the ingredients column include sorbitol, malitol, etc.

There is no reported evidence against sugar alcohols, but excess consumption has a laxative effect and causes gas and bloating. So, don’t go on a binge of sugar-free chocolates or you will regret it!

One labeling note: There is no “legislation” as to how the term “net carbs” can be used on labels. Typically, net carbs include only the grams of carbohydrates that have an effect on blood sugar – starches and sugars. Most labels delete fiber and sugar alcohols from the total carbohydrate number to get the “net carbs.” Remember, however, that sugar alcohols affect the blood sugar at half the rate of regular sugar carbs, so to find the true “net carbs” in a sugar free food: Take the total grams of carbohydrate minus all the fiber minus half the sugar alcohols equals “Net Carbs.”