Maltitol is an hydrogenated disaccharide consisting of glucose and sorbitol. It is made by the hydrogenation of D-maltose, which is a sugar obtained from starch.
Maltitol is a sugar-free bulk sweetener in the polyol family (polyols are carbohydrates occurring naturally in various fruits and vegetables). Maltitol virtually tastes as sweet as sugar (sucrose) and has no metallic aftertaste, which is often experienced in artificial intense sweeteners.
In food applications, it offers the same useful functionalities as sugar - bulk, texture, mouth-feel and shelf-stability - but with fewer calories and a decreased risk of triggering cavities. All these characteristics make maltitol an invaluable ingredient for sugar replacement.
Maltitol is also widely used in pharmaceutical applications.
Maltitol is available in different particle sizes.