What is Maltitol?
Maltitol is a sugar substitute that is almost as sweet as sugar but with half the calories and carbs. Maltitol belongs to a family of sweeteners called Polyols. Polyols are prebiotics that naturally occur in berries, fruits, and vegetables. Prebiotics are not yet fully understood by scientists, but they are being researched for their value to improve gastro-intestinal health.
Polyols are also commonly known as sugar alcohols. Maltitol is called a sugar alcohol because its molecule resembles that of alcohol-- However, there is no ethanol (alcohol) or sugar present.
Maltitol is derived from the hydrogenation of maltose, which comes from starch. Maltitol is most commonly derived from corn but can also be derived from wheat.
Maltitol is mainly used as an alternative sweetener or sugar substitute and is 75% - 90% as sweet as sugar. Its taste is intensely similar to sugar but with half the calories. This makes maltitol a great substitute for individuals who are trying to lose weight by reducing calories. Maltitol also makes a great substitute for diabetics due to its low glycemic.
Manufacturers of low calorie and diabetic safe foods use maltitol in chocolates, candies, baked goods and chewing gum. Because it helps making a creamy texture, Maltitol can also help in the reduction of fat for some recipes. A prime example for that is calorie reduced ice cream.
We have the following varieties: