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What Is Sugar Alcohol and Is It Better Than Sugar?

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Switching to a low-calorie sweetener like Splenda to avoid the pitfalls of regular sugar? This is why you should think twice.

Too much added sugar in your diet can be harmful, leading to weight gain and an increased risk of developing neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason, at some point, you may have decided to switch to a low-calorie sweetener like Splenda or Equal. Unfortunately, these sugar alcohols can be even more dangerous than consuming natural sugar.

Read on to find out what exactly sugar alcohols are and how they affect your body.

What Are Sugar Alcohols?

Sugar alcohols (also called “polyols”) are hybrids of sugar and alcohol molecules. Although they are known as ‘alcohols’, they do not actually contain alcohol.

Sugar alcohols can be found in fruits and vegetables. However, they are also industrially produced and processed from glucose into ingredients such as corn starch.

Unlike artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols contain calories (although they are less than regular sugar). In appearance, sugar alcohols look almost identical to white sugar crystals, and because of their chemical structure, they taste very like regular sugar.

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