Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, and corn. It is also produced commercially from corn syrup and is used as a sugar substitute and food additive. Sorbitol is a white, crystalline powder that is 60% as sweet as sugar but has only 2.6 calories per gram, making it a popular low-calorie sweetener.
Sorbitol has a wide range of uses in the food industry. It is commonly found in sugar-free gum and candy, as well as in baked goods, ice cream, and other sweet treats. It is also used as a bulking agent, stabilizer, and thickener in a variety of processed foods, including salad dressings, sauces, and frozen dinners.
In addition to its use as a sweetener, sorbitol is also used in a variety of non-food products, including toothpaste, mouthwash, and skincare products. It is often used in these products because it has a cooling effect and can help to freshen breath. Sorbitol is also used in pharmaceuticals as a filler and to improve the taste and texture of medications.