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E 965: Maltitol
E 965 (i): Maltitol
E 965 (ii): Maltitol syrup
A synthetic carbohydrate alcohol, produced from malt sugar (maltose) derived from starch.
Function & characteristics:
Many bakery and confectionery products.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Maltitol is partly absorbed and metabolised as glucose by the body; the remaining fraction is fermented in the large intestine. During fermentation, gases are produced, which may cause bloating and flatulence. In intolerant persons it can act as a laxative. Side effects normally occur after an intake of 25-30 grams in a single dose, which is far above the usage in normal foods.
Maltitol can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians. The term carbohydrate alcohol is a chemical definition; maltitol does not contain alcohol (ethanol).