Common name: Sorbitol
Chemical name: Sorbitol, Glucitol
Used to give sweetness instead of sugar. The sweetness is 0.6 times than sugar. It provides less than half the energy of normal sugar. Therefore, it is commonly used in food products for people who want to control weight. In addition, Sorbitol can also be used to maintain moisture in products and use as Cryoprotectant to prevent the formation of ice crystals in frozen food or ice cream as well.
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol. It is a white powder. It is obtained from agricultural products, which are starch-based, by breaking down starch molecules into glucose and then using hydrogenation reaction.
It is a very low energy sweetener and it produces cooling effects. Because it is a sugar alcohol, it will absorb heat inside the mouth making us feel cold. It does not cause tooth decay. In addition, it can be used to prevent sugar crystallization in the Confectionery industry, and it can prevent the formation of ice crystals in Surimi and Ice Cream.
In the pharmaceutical industry, Sorbitol is also used as a mild laxative.
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