Polyols

Name (Food Additive number) Sugar alcohol of Found Naturally in Energy (kJ) /100g

Sweetness

% of Sucrose

GI

Can* cause

Gastric

Distress

Maltitol (965) maltose   1300 63 36 Yes
Xylitol (967) xylose oats, mushrooms, beetroot 1400 100 13 Yes
Isomalt (953) sucrose   1100 ~50 9 Yes
Sorbitol (420) glucose apples, pears, peaches, prunes, plums, cherries  1400 ~55 9 Yes
Lactitol (966) lactose   1100 ~34 6 Yes
Mannitol (421) fructose Bacteria, fungi, mushrooms, strawberries, pumpkins 900 ~50 0 Yes
Erythritol (968) glucose pears, grapes, melon, cantaloupe 100 ~70 0 Possible
             
             
Commercial Products    Ingredients         
Natvia Stevia    stevia (Reb A) & erythritol  85    low  Possible 
Norbu    erythritol & monk fruit   105    low  Possible 

 

*Can cause gastric distress. The above polyols are capable of causing gastric distress when consumed in excessive quantities (>20g/day). It can also occur if you haven't tried that particular polyol before. As a point of reference one little "sugar free" lolly/candy weighing 6 grams can contain ~ 5 g of polyols. You wouldn't have to eat many to blow your socks off!!!!