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A synthetic carbohydrate alcohol, produced from milk sugar (lactose) derived from whey (milk).
Function & characteristics:
Low-calorie sweetener.
Many bakery and confectionery products.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Not defined.
Side effects:
Lactitol is partly absorbed and metabolised as glucose by the body; the remaining fraction is fermented in the large intestine. During fermentation, gases are produced, which may cause bloating and flatulence. In intolerant persons it can act as a laxative. Side effects normally occur after an intake of 25-30 grams in a single dose, which is far above the usage in normal foods.
Dietary restrictions:
Lactitol can be used by all religious groups and vegetarians, but not by vegans, as the source is milk sugar. The term carbohydrate alcohol is a chemical definition; lactitol does not contain alcohol (ethanol).
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