Mannitol is a sugar alcohol. Mannitol occurs naturally in plants, however, in order to produce large quantities of mannitol, it is now chemically engineered. US laboratories have developed a way for enzymes to convert fructose (even high fructose corn syrup) and sucrose into this low-calorie sugar alcohol. Mannitol is half as sweet as sugar.
Low carbohydrate foods, low calorie food, chewing gum, candy, jam, jelly, mints, frosting, sugar-free maple syrup. In chewing gum: Trident Sugarless Chewing Gum, Flavors: Bubble Gum, Cinnamon, Freshmint, Original, Spearmint, Cherry; Dentyne Sugarfree Gum; Dentyne Ice, Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint
Possible Health Effects
Mannitol in excess may create a laxative effect and must carry that warning on the label. Nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, hives, kidney disfunction, gastric irritation and anaphylaxis are other negative health effects. Mannitol does not effect blood sugar levels.
May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals
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