|Pharmaceutical aide, Sugar substitute in foods
Sorbitol less commonly known as glucitol , is a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste which the human body metabolizes slowly
- This medication is used as a laxative to treat occasional episodes of constipation.
- Sorbitol is used in bacterial culture media to distinguish the pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 from most other strains of E. coli.
- Sorbitol is also used in the manufacture of softgel capsules to store single doses of liquid medicines.
- Sorbitol often is used in modern cosmetics as a humectant and thickener.