Sorbitol can be obtained by reduction of glucose, which changes the converted aldehyde group (−CHO) to a primary alcohol group (−CH2OH). Sorbitol, a polyol (sugar alcohol), is a bulk sweetener found in numerous food products. In addition to providing sweetness, it is an excellent humectant and texturizing agent. It is non-cariogenic and may be useful to people with diabetes.
D-Sorbitol;D-GLUCITOL;SORBITOL POWDER;SORBITOL LIQUID;Neosorb;SOBITOL;Sorbit;D-SORBIT;SORBITOL SYRUP;Esasorb
White crystalline powder
1.28 g/mL at 25 °C
98-100 °C (lit.)
Solubility in Water
<0.1 mm Hg ( 25 °C)
> 100 °C (212 °F; 373 K)
Harmful if swallowed; Harmful in contact with skin; Harmful if inhaled
Sorbitol has been safely used in processed foods for almost half a century. It is also used in other products, such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. As a good humectant and plasticizer sorbitol is usually used in emulsion ointments and in gelatine capsules. Sorbitol finds it application as a sugar free reduced-calorie sweetener. It improves the candy’s softness and chewy texture.
The global sorbitol market size was USD 1.55 billion in 2021 and is expected to register a revenue CAGR of 6.3% over the forecast period. Rapid usage of organic sorbitol as a flavoring additive in the food and beverages industry, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products are driving market revenue growth.
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