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The Pros and Cons of Sugar Alcohols

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  Published on February 18th, 2022
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  Last modified July 11th, 2023
Sugar alcohol chemical structure

Sugar alcohols are a hot topic and widely used in the keto world. More people are limiting their sugar intake and switching to alternatives. Sugar alcohols are one of these alternatives you might find in keto products like baked sweet treats and desserts. What is sugar alcohol, and what are the pros and cons?What is Sugar Alcohol? Sugar alcohols aren’t alcohol or sugar; they’re a type of carbohydrate your body can’t fully break down. They’re commonly made in a lab by mixing or processing sugar and alcohol molecules, but they can also occur naturally in plants and foods like pineapples, berries, olives, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. [1]Part of the chemical composition of sugar alcohols is similar to sugar, and part is similar to alcohol. Polyols have similarities with sugar, but they don’t impact blood sugar levels the same way. Food and drink products labeled ‘sugar-free’ might contain sugar alcohol, or other artificial sweeteners, such as energy drinks and keto candy.You won’t see sugar alcohols listed in the added sugars line on food labels because […]…

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