Definition

Isomalt is a sugar alcohol sugar substitute derived from sucrose that is half as sweet as sugar and contains 2 calories per gram. Isomalt prolongs shelf life and prevents spoilage in bakery products and cereals. It is also popular in craft food production, particularly for creation of spun and pulled sugar and sugar display work.

Health considerations

Isomalt has minimal effect on blood sugar and does not promote cavities. Intake is recommended to stay below 50 grams a day for adults and 25 grams a day for children to avoid painful gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

May be found in

Candies, confectionery, baked goods, crackers, breakfast cereals, sugar craft, frozen desserts, breads, muffins

References

Cargill
Health Canada

Alternative Spellings and Names

E953

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