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  • n. a hydrogenated form of carbohydrate, whose carbonyl group has been reduced to a primary or secondary hydroxyl group; sugar alcohols are commonly used as sugar substitutes in food, often in combination with artificial sweeteners.


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  • Maltitol is another sugar alcohol also called a polyol that has a long history of use, particularly in candies recommended for diabetics, and is considered to be natural but has a more pronounced laxative effect than the other sugar alcohols.

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