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What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sugar alcohols

The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested.
So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar.

In brief: Sugar alcohols

The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested.
So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Peter Horvath
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Complex chemistry

The correct answer to this involves basic knowledge of carbohydrate biochemistry.
Sugar alcohols are hydrogenated forms of carbohydrates. Some simple sugar alcohols are toxic (such as ethylene glycol [antifreeze]), others can be used as food sweeteners, but they are mostly much less sweet that sucrose, which is common table sugar.

In brief: Complex chemistry

The correct answer to this involves basic knowledge of carbohydrate biochemistry.
Sugar alcohols are hydrogenated forms of carbohydrates. Some simple sugar alcohols are toxic (such as ethylene glycol [antifreeze]), others can be used as food sweeteners, but they are mostly much less sweet that sucrose, which is common table sugar.
Dr. Peter Horvath
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