Maltitol is a sugar alcohol. It is about 90 percent as sweet as sugar but contains a little over half of the calories. It also has a lower glycemic index than sugar, so it may be preferable for preventing blood sugar spikes. Maltitol is not metabolized by oral bacteria; therefore, it does not promote tooth decay.
Maltitol provides between 2 and 3 calories/g. After ingestion, Maltitol appears to the body as 50% Glucose and 50% Fructose, which is similar to table sugar. Maltitol in its crystallized form measures the same (bulk) as table sugar, but is not as sweet as regular sugar and delivers half the amount of calories. Maltitol does not have an unpleasant aftertaste that other sugar replacers could have when replacing sugar. Maltitol is considered a safe alternative to sugar; however, it is important to remember that it is a carbohydrate. While Maltitol does not have the same glycemic index as sugar, it will have an effect on blood glucose level.
Keystone offers many other sugar substitutes besides Maltitol and invites you to design the exact coating you desire. To learn more about other sugar replacements, please visit our Sweeteners section or contact our sales team to discuss in detail.