When we last bought bottles of C2 green tea (you know, the same occasion I discovered “natural color” among the ingredients), I also bought a bottle of dalandan juice concentrate. The bottle was in the fridge — lying there almost forgotten — until a few days ago when I was craving for cold, cold juice. But the “natural color” episode had made me wary and the first thing I did, even before the plastic seal on the cap, was to check the ingredients.
Every ingredient was natural and familiar except sorbitol.
Sorbitol, also known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol the body metabolises slowly. It is obtained by reduction of glucose changing the aldehyde group to an additional hydroxyl group hence the name sugar alcohol. [Wikipedia]
I panicked a little when, farther down the page of the same Wikipedia article, I read that sorbitol is commonly used in cough syrups. I checked more resources.
Sorbitol is a bulk sweetener with good taste and reduced calories. It does not promote tooth decay. Sorbitol is suitable for a variety of products reduced in calories, sugar or fat and has been safely used for almost half a century.
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. Sorbitol is about 60 percent as sweet as sucrose with one-third fewer calories. It has a smooth mouthfeel with a sweet, cool and pleasant taste. It is non-cariogenic and may be useful to people with diabetes. 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. [CalorieControl.Org]
Sounds okay? The Wikipedia article, however, also says that “too much sorbitol (about 50g or more for adults) can cause severe gastro-intestinal problems.”
Above is a photo of the front label of the dalandan juice concentrate showing the brand name.