Lactitol

Lactitol, a sugar alcohol derived from lactose (milk sugar), is a versatile, reduced calorie sweetener.

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  • Sugar replacement

Lactitol is an ideal ingredient for reducing sugar across a wide range of applications, including diabetic products.

It provides a pleasant mild sweetness with no aftertaste and is ideal in formulations where bulking with a low sweetness is required. 

Where increased sweetness is required, lactitol can be blended with intense or bulk sweeteners, useful for low calorie or bulk foods. In reduced fat formulations, total or partial substitution of sucrose with lactitol can achieve greater calorie reductions.   

With a glycemic index of just 3 Lactitol has a negligible effect on blood sugar levels so can be used successfully in diabetic foods as well as products aimed at lifestyle dieting.

As a sugar-free, low glycemic and tooth friendly sugar replacement, lactitol is a key ingredient for food and confectionery formulators. As it is derived from lactose, it is particularly beneficial in milk-containing applications.  So it is often used in chocolate, ice cream and baked goods to replace sucrose and improve taste, flavor and nutritional profiles.

Its low hygroscopicity also makes it ideal for use in crisp baked products like biscuits, giving them a longer crisp shelf life.

Key benefits

  • Sugar free
  • Low calorie
  • Wide regulatory approval, including the USA, Canada and Japan, and listed in the EU Sweetener Directive.
Product Benefit  Application
Crystalline
- Lactitol MC
- Lactitol AC
 Monohydrate
Anhydrous 
 All

Milled- Lactitol CM

- Lactitol ACM

Monohydrate
Anhydrous

 All, primarily

 chocolate 

Application areas

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