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A bulk sweetener (see sweeteners), about half as sweet as sucrose, consisting of a mixture of two disaccharides, glucosyl-glucitol and glucosyl-mannitol. It is about 50% metabolized, yielding 9 kJ (2.4 kcal)/gram. It is thought to be less laxative than sorbitol or mannitol, and does not encourage tooth decay, so is used in tooth-friendly sweets (see sweets, tooth-friendly). It absorbs little water, so products are less sticky than those made with sucrose and have a longer shelf-life.

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