Polyols are principally used as sugar replacers in food products, a major advantage over intense sweeteners being their bulking property. Various polyols, such as sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol, can be found naturally in some fruits or vegetables in significant quantities. Roquette produces them from naturally occurring compounds in wheat and maize.
Their energy cost is less than that of sugars. Although sugars’ caloric value is 4 kcal/g, that of polyols is only 2.4 kcal/g (European norms). Today, European regulation also recognizes the nutritional benefits of such molecules. (Maintenance of tooth mineralization, toothfriendly generic EU claims).
Roquette has had a concern for some years in oral hygiene. Its numerous research projects on polyols' properties have facilitated the growth and success of no-sugar confectionery.