What is lactitol?

As all poyols, lactitol is a sugar alcohol or hydrogenated carbohydrate. It is also known as sugar replacer, bulk sweetener or sugar-free sweetener. Because of incomplete absorption, lactitol only contributes with 2.4 kcal (9 kilojoules) per gram, compared to 4 kcal (17 kJ) per gram for typical carbohydrates. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies lactitol as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).

In what products is lactitol used?

  • Food applications

    Lactitol (European safety number E 966 ; International number INS 966) is a versatile, reduced calorie sweetener derived from natural milk sugar, used in a wide variety of sweetening applications, such as low food energy or low fat foods. High stability makes it popular for baking. It is also used in sugar-free candies, cookies (biscuits), chocolate, and ice cream. See also Polyols – food applications

  • Pharmaceutical applications

    Lactitol is registered as a pharmaceutical product, and is marketed as a laxative to prevent or treat constipation. See also Polyols – pharmaceutical applications

  • Cosmetics

    See Polyols – Cosmetics applications