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Sorbitol is a sugar substitute. In nature it occurs in some fruits, such as plums and rowanberries. In the European Union sorbitol is used as a food additive and known under the E number E 420. Glucitol is a synonym for sorbitol.

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Production of sorbitol

Sorbitol for the food industry is produced by reduction of glucose with the help of enzymes.

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Use of sorbitol

Sorbitol is used for the production of sugar-free or sugar-reduced foods like sweets, foods for diabetics, baked goods and surimi.

The human digestive systems treats sorbitol like fructose. People with a fructose-intolerance should not consume sorbitol.

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