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Sugar alcohols are used to replace regular added sugars, but they're not calorie-free like most artificial sweeteners. In fact, they can have up to half of the calories per gram of regular sugar. They're safe to use in your diet, although some people suffer bloating or diarrhea if they consume too much of them.
What You'll See on the Food Label:
- hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
Using sugar alcohols can help you enjoy sweets with fewer calories than regular sugar, plus they won't promote tooth decay. But you need to know that just because a food claims to be sugar-free because it is sweetened with sugar alcohol does not mean it is going to be calorie-free. You need to check the Nutrition Facts label for the calorie, sugar, fat and sodium content for each serving.