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I was given some "sugarfree" candy which listed Sugar Alcohol in its contents. What is Sugar Alcohol and what is its effect on a diabetic?


Sugar alcohols, like mannitol and sorbitol, are not completely absorbed by the body. Therefore, they will not raise the blood glucose levels to the same extent that another type of sugar (or carbohydrate) would (gram for gram). A good rule of thumb to use, if you carbohydrate count, is to divide the grams of carbohydrate by 2 for the sugar alcohol content.


Original posting 18 Jan 97


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