Sorbitol is a sugar substitute. It may be listed
under the inactive ingredients listed for some foods and products.
Sorbitol is referred to as a nutritive sweetener because it
provides dietary energy: 2.6 kilocalories (11 kilojoules) per gram
versus the average 4 kilocalories (17 kilojoules) for
carbohydrates. It is often used in diet foods (including diet
drinks and ice cream), mints, cough syrups, and sugar-free chewing
occurs naturally in many stone fruits and berries from trees of the