Sorbitol

Sorbitol, less commonly known as glucitol is a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste which the human body metabolizes slowly. It can be obtained by reduction of glucose, changing the aldehyde group to a hydroxyl group. Most sorbitol is made from corn syrup, but it is also found in apples, pears, peaches, and prunes. It is converted to fructose by sorbitol-6-phosphate 2-dehydrogenase. Sorbitol is an isomer of mannitol, another sugar alcohol; the two differ only in the orientation of the hydroxyl group on carbon 2. While similar, the two sugar alcohols have very different sources in nature, melting points, and uses.

Parameter Value

CAS Number

50-70-4 

Chemical formula

C6H14O6

Molar mass

182.17 g/mol

Appearance

White crystalline powder

Density

1.49 g/cm3[1]

Melting point

94–96 °C (201–205 °F; 367–369 K)

Solubility in water

2350 g/L

Magnetic susceptibility (χ)

-107.80·10−6 cm3/mol

Chemical formula

C6H14O6

Molar mass

182.17 g/mol

Appearance

White crystalline powder

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