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Title: Maltitol: Analytical Determination Methods, Applications in the Food Industry, Metabolism and Health Impacts
Authors: Saraiva, Ariana 
Carrascosa, Conrado
Raheem, Dele
Ramos, Fernando 
Raposo, António
Keywords: food additives; food industry; food safety; health impacts; maltitol; metabolism; sweeteners
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 17
Issue: 14
Abstract: Bulk sweetener maltitol belongs to the polyols family and there have been several dietary applications in the past few years, during which the food industry has used it in many food products: bakery and dairy products, chocolate, sweets. This review paper addresses and discusses in detail the most relevant aspects concerning the analytical methods employed to determine maltitol's food safety and industry applications, its metabolism and its impacts on human health. According to our main research outcome, we can assume that maltitol at lower doses poses little risk to humans and is a good alternative to using sucrose. However, it causes diarrhoea and foetus complications at high doses. Regarding its determination, high-performance liquid chromatography proved the primary method in various food matrices. The future role of maltitol in the food industry is likely to become more relevant as processors seek alternative sweeteners in product formulation without compromising health.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/106167
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17145227
Rights: openAccess
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