sor·​bi·​tol | \ ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl , -ˌtōl\

Definition of sorbitol

: a faintly sweet alcohol C6H14O6 that occurs in some fruits, is made synthetically, and is used especially as a humectant and softener and in making ascorbic acid

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Skip apples, dried fruit and mangoes and opt instead for fruits lower in fructose or sorbitol, like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, banana, cantaloupe, pineapple and oranges. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Capsules, $6.59 per 100 count on, contain no sorbitol. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, "8 Healthy Uses For Activated Charcoal (And 3 You Can Skip)," 25 Mar. 2017 Researchers assigned 1,009 people with sore throats to one of three groups: no chewing gum, xylitol gum, or sorbitol gum without xylitol. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "For Sore Throat, Xylitol and Probiotics Offer No Benefits Over Placebo," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sorbitol

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorbitol

sorb fruit of the service or related trees + -itol

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sorbic acid






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sor·​bi·​tol | \ ˈsȯr-bə-ˌtȯl , -ˌtōl \

Medical Definition of sorbitol

: a faintly sweet alcohol C6H14O6 that occurs especially in fruits of the mountain ash (genus Sorbus), is made synthetically, and is used especially as a humectant, a softener, and a sweetener and in making ascorbic acid

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