Sorbitol is a chemical compound also known as glucitol. Sorbitol is included in the sugar alcohol (polyol) group and has a sweet taste. The main uses of sorbitol are in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Sorbitol is also used in the chemical industry as a basic chemical to produce various other chemical compounds.
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Sorbitol, chemically it is a kind of glycerol, is a sugar alcohol that the human body metabolizes gradually. It is readily obtained by reduction of glucose by changing the aldehyde group into a hydroxyl group. It is naturally abundant and it was discovered by a French chemist in the berries of the mountain ash. Sorbitol is referred to as a nutritive sweetener because it provides dietary energy. It is often used in diet foods, mints, cough syrups, and sugar-free chewing gum. Sorbitol often is used in mouthwash and toothpaste.
Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener that is commonly used in food or drinks. This artificial sweetener has lower calories than regular sugar. Not only is it low in calories, sorbitol also has several benefits for body health. Sorbitol is a type of sugar alcohol sweetener. Even though it is classified as a sugar alcohol, this sweetener does not contain the alcohol compound ethanol which causes a hangover effect. Sorbitol is water-soluble and is found naturally in many fruits, such as apples, dates, berries and peaches.