Sugar Alcohol

Structurally, a hydrogenated sugar molecule with taste and physical properties similar to sugar, but more slowly absorbed by the body. Sugar alcohols include xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and malitol, and do appear naturally in some foods. Used in "sugar free" products because of their slow absorbtion rate (important for diabetics and those with hypoglycemia), they still contain calories and count as carbohydrates.