Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in such foods as apples and prunes. Because it is lower in calories than sugar, sorbitol is often used in sugar-free products and products with no added sugar.
Gum and Candy
Sugar-free hard candy and chewing gum often contain sorbitol, which adds sweetness but does not promote tooth decay.
Sorbitol is commonly found in certain brands of mouthwash, toothpaste, breath mints and cough drops or throat lozenges.
Desserts and Sweet Condiments
Many types of sugar-free desserts as well as sugar-free brownie, cookie and cake mixes are made with sorbitol. Sugar-free syrups and jams are often made with this sugar alcohol as well.
Fruits and Fruit Juices
Sorbitol occurs naturally in certain fruits and the juices made from them, including apple, peach, pear and prune juice.
Food labels often list sorbitol alone but may use the term "sugar alcohols" if more than one such ingredient has been included in the product. Excess ingestion of sorbitol has sometimes been linked to gastrointestinal discomfort (such as diarrhoea), so consumers may want to be aware about how much sorbitol they or their children are consuming.