Sorbitol is characterized as a sugar alcohol, which is essentially just a poorly digestible carbohydrate that is either naturally found in fruits or is semi-artificially produced and added as a low calorie sweetener alternative to a variety of pre-packaged foods and drinks. At a chemical level, sorbitol is fairly similar to fructose and mannitol, but has different effects when consumed.
Sorbitol also may be referred to in ingredient lists as sorbit or glucitol.
Sorbitol has been approved by the FDA, contains about a third of the calories of table sugar, and is about 60% as sweet.
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