Sugar grams & Alcohol Sugar grams?
I'm reading & paying attention to food labels and trying to cut back on my "sugar" intake each day. What's got me puzzled is this.....on some labels it will say, 0 grams Sugar, but right below that will give a number of Sugar ALCOHOL grams per serving, such as 5 alcohol grams???. What's the difference? Is the ALCOHOL sugar just as bad for me as the other?? I'm confused. Also, I've been told that if a label shows OVER 12 grams of sugar per serving, I should avoid it All together. ????
Thanks for you input and help.
- Soda PopinskiLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sugar alcohol is commonly known as xylitol and is typically used as a healthier alternative to table sugar (sucrose) along with artificial, no-calorie sweeteners.
One teaspoon of xylitol contains 9.6 calories, as compared to one teaspoon of sugar, which has 15 calories. Sugar alcohols are advertised as "safe for diabetics and individuals with hyperglycemia."
It is a very common ingredient in sugar-free gums since it is considered "tooth friendly."
The term "alcohol" has nothing to do with getting you drunk, but is rather due to its chemical structure.