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Question: sugar alchohol and diabetes

 zellerus - Wed May 18, 2005 8:09 am

:?: I'm curious ...What is the difference between sugar and sugar alchohol ? I've recently been diagnosed with diabetes and it seems all sugar free candies contain a significant amount of this substance!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Wed May 18, 2005 12:01 pm

User avatar Sugar alcohol is neither a "sugar" nor an "alcohol." Sugar alcohols affect the blood glucose levels less dramatically than regular table sugar which is why some diet plans allow a certain amount of them. In most people, they quickly add up to too many carbs (they contain a little more than 1/2 the carbs than an equal amount of table sugar.) Because of U.S. labeling laws, products containing sugar alcohols (as well as other simple sugars such as fructose, lactose, maltodextrin, isomalt, etc.) can be labeled "Sugar Free." Sugar alcohols available in the U.S. include Mannitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Maltitol, Maltitol Syrup, as well as hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, are found naturally in berries, apples, plums and other foods. They also are produced commercially from carbohydrates such as sucrose, glucose and starch.

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