Sorbitols are derived from glucose, either obtained from berries of the Sorbus aucuparia tree or synthesised. They are used in confectionary, dried fruit, pastries, low calorie foods, pharmaceutical syrups and ophthalmic preparations and is the seventh most widely used preservative in cosmetics. Sorbitols are not permitted in foods for infants and young children, as they can cause gastric disturbance. Four pieces of low-joule chewing gum can make a child seriously ill. Not recommended for diabetics or people with fructose intolerance.
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