Caloric sweeteners

Caloric sweeteners

What are caloric sweeteners?

Industrial ice creams
Industrial ice creams may contain calorie sweeteners

Chemically these substances are sugars with alcohol groups, also called polyols, which functionally behave like sucrose (table sugar), providing body or volume to food.

Their caloric value is the same amount as sugar, 4 kcal per gram of product, so they are suitable for hypocaloric products.

The body does not need insulin to metabolize these sugars, so they may be suitable for some types of low-sugar diets or diets for diabetes.

Why do sweeteners cause diarrhea?

However, sweeteners have a great disadvantage, and that is that their absorption is usually very slow, to the point that they reach the intestinal lumen without being absorbed. In the intestine, having not been digested, or being only partially digested, they absorb the water causing diarrhea.

What foods contain calorie sweeteners?

Among the main foods that have caloric sweeteners we have the following:

Other food caloric sweeteners that are commonly used in food:

– Xylitol properties

– Sorbitol properties

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

10 December, 2023

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