Our expert says:
Sugar alcohols are naturally occuring compounds, so they are not manipulated or the result of a chemical process. Sugar alcohols do contain fewer kJ than standard carbs, namely 10 kJ per gram for sugar alcohols compared to 16 kJ per gram of carbs. So from a slimming point of view, these products have a slightly lower energy content, provided of course that the fat content of the products or protein bars is not increased! Also check on the labels if they have a warning that sugar alcohols when eaten in large quantities can cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea. This is one of the problems with these designer products - they may reduce the carb content, but they have such a high sugar alcohol content that this can cause unpleasant side-effects.
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