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Foods Containing Sorbitol

author image Amy Long Carrera
Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.
Foods Containing Sorbitol
Sorbitol is used as a sweetener in sugar-free gums and candies. Photo Credit: Jan Sandvik/iStock/Getty Images

Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols contribute fewer calories and have a lesser effect on blood sugar levels than other types of sugar. According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, this is because your body converts them to glucose more slowly. Sorbitol occurs naturally in some foods and is added to others as sweeteners. Check food labels and limit your intake of sorbitol, as more than 50 grams may cause abdominal discomfort, reports the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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stone fruits such as nectarines contain sorbitol
stone fruits such as nectarines contain sorbitol Photo Credit: al62/iStock/Getty Images

Fruits that contain sorbitol include apples; pears; stone fruits, such as peaches, apricots and nectarines; and dried fruits, such as prunes, dates and raisins, according to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Sugar-free candy contains between 35 to 95 grams of sorbitol per serving. A stick of sugar-free gum contains up to 2 grams of the sugar alcohol. You may also find sorbitol in sugar-free ice cream, soft drinks and jams.

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