5) Sugar Alcohols
Sugar alcohols are derived from sugar but have about half the amount of calories of regular table sugar.
They are known as sweet carbohydrates, and they are made up of sugar and alcohol molecules (but have no intoxicating effects).
Sugar alcohols are also resistant to digestion and act like dietary fiber, but this can cause digestive issues for some people.
The most commonly consumed types of sugar alcohols are:
Sugar alcohols can be part of a healthy eating plan when you need to manage diabetes.
Unlike artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols are a kind of carb and can raise blood sugar levels, though not as much as sugar.
You’ll need to count carbs and calories from sugar alcohols in your overall meal plan – according to WebMD.
But also according to WebMD: Sugar alcohols can harm your liver, too.
The organ uses one type of sugar, called fructose (fruit sugar), to make fat.
Too much refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup cause a fatty buildup that can lead to liver disease.
Some studies show that sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol, even if you’re not overweight.
Some of the most commonly reported adverse effects include:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Blood sugar increases
- Triglyceride increases
My personal opinion is that it can be used in low quantities.