Can I have sugar free gum & what are polyols?

Q) I chew sugar-free gum and it says on the packet that it is high in carbs, but that the carbs are “sugars 0%” and “polyols 100%”. What are polyols and where do they fit in with refined/unrefined carbs?

A) Polyols are carbohydrates and they are sugar-free sweeteners. Unlike highly concentrated sweeteners, like aspartame, which is used in very small amounts, polyols are used in the same quantit...

 

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