Polyols in the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries: A Technological Odyssey

Polyols, a versatile class of compounds, find extensive applications in both the food and pharmaceutical industries. This article explores the multifaceted role of polyols, focusing on their functions, applications, and technological advantages in these critical sectors. Polyols in the Food Industry: A Sweet Symphony of Functions In the realm of the food industry, polyols serve […]

Organoleptic properties of polyols

Sweetness Sweetness is subjective and depends on the individuals who are doing the tasting and their physical condition. A number of other variables such as concentration, temperature, pH and the presence of other sweeteners and food ingredients can influence apparent sweetness significantly. Xylitol is the sweetest polyol as it is equivalent to sucrose. Pure crystalline […]

Physical and chemical properties of polyols

Sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol are marketed as white crystalline powders, with a range of particle sizes and crystalline forms. Sorbitol and maltitol are also available as aqueous solutions. Solubility Most of the commercial syrups contain significant proportions of additionalpolyol species which influence the solubility and have the effect ofcontrolling crystallization. Viscosity of solutions The […]

Polyols from starch: General points in the method of manufacture

Maltitol and maltitol syrup E965 Maltitol is produced commercially by catalytic hydrogenation of D-maltose. D-Maltose is a naturally occurring disaccharide and is a major constituent of malt wort. Industrially maltose is obtained by the enzymic hydrolysis of highly purified starch. Maltitol is a hydrogenated disaccharide having the empirical formula C12H24O11. Industrially in the manufacture of […]

Exploring the Legal Landscape of Polyols: A Global Perspective

In the ever-evolving world of food regulations, the status of polyols, also known as sugar alcohols, is a topic of interest and importance. These versatile sweeteners, embraced for their reduced calorie content and suitability for various dietary needs, navigate a complex legal framework in different parts of the world. Let’s unravel the legal status of […]

What are polyols?

Polyols, or polyalcohols, are a well-known family of products widely used throughout the world. In the European Union (EU) the family of polyols includes six products; isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol. In the USA these products are described as sugar alcohols chemically defined as saccharide derivatives in which a ketone or aldehyde group […]