Sorbitol E420 is a clear, colorless, sugar alcohol. It functions as a humectant and sugar substitute. Sorbitol is commonly used in shredded coconut, pet foods, candy, frozen desserts, low-calorie beverages, chewing gum, ice cream, and sugar-based confections. Though Sorbitol E420 is considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Sorbitol E420?
Sorbitol E420 is a low calorie sweetener that has a good taste and is anti-cariogenic. It is good for producing kinds of low calorie, low sugar and low fat products. Sorbitol is also a moisturizer and stabilizer, besides being sweet. It can be used in confectionery, bakery foods, frozen dessert, biscuit, cake, sugar-coat and chocolate. It has one third less calories than sucrose, is anti-cariogenic, and anti-crystallization.
Possible Side Effects of Sorbitol E420
Although Sorbitol E420 generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:
- Anal irritation; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach cramps.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Sorbitol is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Sorbitol E420 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Sorbitol E420.
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