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Lactitol Monohydrate

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

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).[1][2]

[1] Dupont. Lactitol. Accessed February 16, 2015 at http://www.danisco.com/product-range/sweeteners/lactitol/

[2] Drugs.com Lactitol. Accessed February 15, 2015 at http://www.drugs.com/international/lactitol.html

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