Sorbitol

Sorbitol

CAS number: 50-70-4
Molecular formula:C6H14O6
Molar mass: 182.17 g mol?1
Melting point: 95 °C
Boiling point: 296 °C
Description:
Sorbitol, also known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol that the human body metabolises slowly. It is obtained by reduction of glucose changing the aldehyde group to an additional hydroxyl group.
Application:
Sorbitol is often used in modern cosmetics as a humectant and thickener[citation needed]. Sorbitol is often used in mouthwash and toothpaste. Some transparent gels can only be made with sorbitol as it has a refractive index sufficiently high for transparent formulations. Sorbitol is used as a cryoprotectant additive (mixed with sucrose and sodium polyphosphates) in the manufacture of surimi, a highly refined fish paste most commonly produced from Alaska (or walleye) pollock (Theragra chalcogramma).[citation needed] It is also used as a humectant in some cigarettes.

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