Wednesday, March 7, 2012


A six-carbon sugar alcohol from a variety of fruits, found in lens deposits in diabetes mellitus. A pharmaceutical preparation is used as a sweetening agent and osmotic laxative, and in drugs as a tablet excipient, moistening agent, and stabilizer.


A glucose molecule with two hydrogens added.

Benefits include: It is poorly absorbed by the body, so it does not raise insulin levels as much as sugar. It does not promote tooth decay.


Reports of side effects such as abdominal pain and diarrhea with high amounts of sorbitol consumption are normal. It is said to have a laxative effect.



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