Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 23, 2018.
What is it?
Lactitol (beta-galactosido-sorbitol) is a crystalline sugar alcohol and reduced calorie sweetener with a sweetness roughly 40 percent of sugar. Lactitol and lactitol monohydrate are derived from cow's milk (lactose, or milk sugar) and used in the food industry. With a glycemic index of three, lactitol has a negligible effect on blood sugar levels and can be used in diabetic and diet foods. It is also used internationally as an osmotically acting laxative (OsmoAid).
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