Don't you just love all the new terms that have surfaced in the last couple years? Everyone trying to get healthy and consumers trying to make you continue buying their products with new labeling terms. 

I know you have seen the term "Sugar Alcohol" in the nutritional label.  If you haven't, I encourage you to do some label surfing at the grocery store. 

A sugar alcohol is a kind of alcohol prepared from sugars. Sugar alcohols are one type of reduced-calorie sweetener. You can find  them in  ice creams, cookies, puddings, candies and chewing gum that is  labeled as  "sugar-fre"” or "no sugar added."  Sugar alcohols differ in how the body absorbs them. For example, the  body does  not absorb sugar alcohols very quickly. This means the sugar alcohols can pass  through your body with minimal effect to your blood sugar levels. But a few concerns are with the incomplete absorbtion of the sugar alcohols which causes diarrhea, gas and bloating if you consume too much of them.

Here are some examples of Sugar Alcohols....

Erythritol, Glycerol (also known as glycerin or glycerine), hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol.

Oh and don't let the word "alcohol" confuse you -- sugar alcohols do not  contain alcohol in the traditional sense of the word, as in the alcohol  you find in beer or wine. Instead, the word alcohol refers to its chemical structure.
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Here is a label for an example of how they say to calculate your carbs if you are taking these sugar alcohols into account to find the "net" carbs. 

Myself, I look a the total carb count and it is what it is.....what that means is, if it has fiber and sugar alcohols that to me is just a bonus but I don't do all the math to make my carb count lower in my own head.  You just have to use good disgression in when making your choices. 

So, I hope this helps to answer some of your questions about it.  I know I have been asked by a few of you and whated to just spread the word.  Happy label reading!!


 





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