Earlier this week we sent out an email to our Craver’s Club that educated them a little bit about Maltitol and how it’s safe for diabetics to consume. We didn’t go into all of the benefits and all of the downfalls to Maltitol, just a few of the main ones. But we thought, here is a good time to clear it up even further.
Yes, unfortunately there are a couple downfalls to Maltitol just like there are for any foods you consume. Let’s start with what Maltitol is.
Our unbelievably sugar free and no sugar added chocolates are sweetened with Maltitol. So, is it safe for everyone to consume?
Maltitol is a sugar alcohol, which is a type of reduced-calorie sweetener. While they are referred to as “sugar alcohols” they do not contain either sugar or alcohol. These are referred to as sugar alcohols because they are only one molecule away from sugar and from alcohol.
Maltitol is not a problematic ingredient for people with diabetes. In fact, Maltitol is often intentionally used in products specifically formulated for people with diabetes, just like our chocolates. =) Let’s start with the benefits of Maltitol.
Maltitol and other sugar alcohols like erythritol, glycerol, sorbitol, and xylitol add sweetness but have fewer calories and less of an impact on blood sugar levels than regular sugar. Sugar alcohols are an acceptable sweetener for people with diabetes -- the American Diabetes Association considers sugar alcohols an option when trying to reduce sugar, carbohydrate and caloric intake (American Diabetes Association 2014).
Maltitol also does not promote tooth decay. According to Calorie Control, Maltitol is resistant to metabolism by oral bacteria that break down sugars and starches to release acids that may lead to cavities or erode tooth enamel. In fact, the use of alternate sweeteners, like Maltitol, has been recognized by the American Dental Association as part of proper dental hygiene.
There are some disadvantages to low calorie sugar alcohols like Maltitol, many foods containing these sweeteners still contain significant amounts of carbohydrates. Remember to always check nutrition labels. Good news for you however, Amber Lyn Chocolates contain low net carbs. Net carbs are carbohydrates that do not have an effect on blood sugar levels. So we’ve got you covered.
Maltitol is considered a GRAS product (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA and no limits are placed on its use and daily consumption.
Maltitol, like any other sweetener can upset the digestive system when eaten in large amounts. The most important thing to remember is that everything should be eaten in smart portions and in moderation, no matter what it is we are eating. To go along with the statement above, Maltitol can produce a slight laxative effect when consumed in large quantities. This is one reason we always recommend portion control. Often people can start out with small quantities and as their bodies become accustomed to Maltitol, increase their intake. If you’re eating one of our candy bars in a day, you should be fine, but if you’re new to Maltitol, you might want to start off with just half of one until you know how your body will react. Pear, vanilla, bananas and many other foods can have a similar reaction to your digestive system.
While the International Headache Society and many other studies have concluded that there are no links between alternative sweeteners and headache triggers, that hasn’t stopped people from experiencing them after eating it. In fact, many people have reported headaches or migraines after consuming alternative sweeteners. It’s important to know how these affect you, if you don’t already. You can try eating a small amount, like one of our bites, truffles, or a square of our chocolate bars to see how your body reacts.
Check out our store of sugar free and no sugar added chocolate and see what fits your craving today.