Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruits like apples, pears, and peaches. It has a sweet taste and is often used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet” products.
Sorbitol has fewer calories than sugar, and it is also less sweet. It is commonly used in sugar-free candies, gum, and other confectionery items because it has a similar texture and sweetness to sugar. Sorbitol is also used in some medical and pharmaceutical products as a laxative or to relieve constipation.