Sugar Alcohols

The next time you pop a stick of sugar-free gum into your mouth, take a look at the package. There is probably one or more ingredients listed that end in -ol. One of the most popular ones is xylitol.

These ingredients are sugar alcohols and there’s some things you should know about them.

– They contain two calories per gram versus sugar’s four calories per gram.

– They are a type of carbohydrate. The structure of sugar alcohols looks like a hybrid between a sugar and alcohol molecule.

A good thing about the sugar alcohol, xylitol, is that it benefits your teeth! It protects a sugar attack from your food on your teeth after you eat. Chewing a stick of sugar-free gum with xylitol will do thr trick! You can learn more about sugar alcohols from the Joslin Diabetes Center or by contacting us at 781-237-9071 or

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