confused about the "sugar-free" candies marketed to patients with diabetes

Patients are often confused about the "sugar-free" candies marketed to patients with diabetes.

Sugar-free products often contain sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol.

These "sugar replacers" are a type of carbohydrate called polyols or sugar alcohols. They're more similar to sugar than the typical artificial sweeteners, such as saccharine and aspartame.

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