(Entertainment-NewsWire.com, November 10, 2017 ) Sugar alcohols, which is a class of polyols, are commonly added to food products because of their lower caloric content than sugars. They are also, in general, less sweet, and are often combined with high-intensity sweeteners. They are also an active ingredient in chewing gum because they are not broken down by bacteria in the mouth or metabolized to acids, and thus do not contribute to tooth decay. Maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol, erythritol, and isomalt are some of the more common types of sugar alcohols or polyols. Sugar alcohols may be formed under mild reducing conditions from their analogue sugars.
The most common sources of sugar alcohol are fruits and berries. The carbohydrate in these plant products is altered through a chemical process. These sugar substitutes provide somewhat fewer calories than table sugar (sucrose), mainly because they are not well absorbed and may even have a small laxative effect. In several commercial foodstuffs, sugar alcohols are commonly used in place of table sugar (sucrose), often in combination with high-intensity artificial sweeteners to counter the low sweetness. Xylitol is perhaps the most popular sugar alcohol due to its similarity to sucrose in visual appearance and sweetness.
The major factors affecting the North America Sugar Alcohols market include the changing consumer lifestyles and growing health concerns which drive people away from consuming high-calorie food. Other factors include increasing diabetes concerns, rising obesity levels and the threat of cardiovascular diseases. As for the restraints of the market, the stringent government regulations and relative lack of awareness among consumers regarding the product are the major concerns.
The North America Sugar Alcohols market is broadly classified by Product into Sorbitol, Mannitol, Xylitol, Glycerol and Others and by End User into Food, Healthcare and Others. Based on geography, the North America market is analyzed under USA and Canada. The North American market has the largest market share globally in spite of the having a low growth rate in recent years. This is expected as the scope for development in the region is quite low and the entrant of new players into the market is not encouraged by the presence of major market players native to the region. The Sugar Alcohols market is highly competitive with a large number of players. Key market players dominating the market with their products are Roquette, Nestle, Wholesome Sweeteners, Ingredion, Sanxinyuan, Fraken Biochem, Cargill, Atlantic Chemicals, A&Z Food Additives and Bernard Food Industries.
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