Sugar alcohols have been used for years. After careful review, scientists have concluded that they are safe for human consumption. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies some sugar alcohols as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) and others are approved as "food additives."
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to pregnancy and children. Women with gestational diabetes, diabetes mellitus, or insulin resistance related to other medical conditions should limit their intake of nutritive sweeteners like sugar alcohols. Likewise, because sugar alcohols may bypass initial steps in digestion (similarly to fiber), excess intake may trigger gas production or a laxative effect and can even cause diarrhea-especially in children.
Whether or not you will experience problems will depend on your individual sensitivity level and the other foods you consume at the same time. It is best to find your individual tolerance level when using these food ingredients, and to avoid them if they cause discomfort.
Are Sugar Alcohols Safe?
What You Need to Know
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