Lactitol is a sugar alcohol used as a replacement bulk sweetener for low calorie foods with approximately 40% of the sweetness of sugar.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Emulsifier - An agent that forms or preserves a mixture of substances normally incapable of being mixed eg. oil and water
  • Sweetener - A substance which imparts a sweet taste to food for fewer kilojoules than sugar

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Matching Terms Not Found
European Union
Approved Lactitol
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Lactitol
Afghanistan
Unknown None
Philippines
Approved Lactitol
Austria
Approved Lactitol
Belgium
Approved Lactitol
Bulgaria
Approved Lactitol
Cyprus
Approved Lactitol
Czech Republic
Approved Lactitol
Denmark
Approved Lactitol
Estonia
Approved Lactitol
Finland
Approved Lactitol
France
Approved Lactitol
Germany
Approved Lactitol
Greece
Approved Lactitol
Hungary
Approved Lactitol
Ireland
Approved Lactitol
Italy
Approved Lactitol
Latvia
Approved Lactitol
Lithuania
Approved Lactitol
Luxembourg
Approved Lactitol
Malta
Approved Lactitol
Netherlands
Approved Lactitol
Poland
Approved Lactitol
Portugal
Approved Lactitol
Romania
Approved Lactitol
Slovakia
Approved Lactitol
Slovenia
Approved Lactitol
Spain
Approved Lactitol
Sweden
Approved Lactitol
United Kingdom
Approved Lactitol
Australia
Approved Lactitol
New Zealand
Approved Lactitol

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E966 - Lactitol: Diarrhoea in high doses, animal tests indicated foetal toxicity

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E966 - Lactitol: A sugar alcohol, Halal if obtained from Halal whey or lactose. If animal rennet is used to make whey and lactose then Lactitol is not Halal.

Muslim Consumer Group

Synthetic substance - yes

E966 - Lactitol: A synthetic carbohydrate alcohol, produced from milk sugar (lactose) derived from whey (milk). Humectant, sweetener. A sugar alcohol in calorie controlled foods. Laxative in high concentrations of over 20g per day. Lactitol is partly absorbed and metabolised as glucose by the body; the remaining fraction is fermented in the large intestine. During fermentation, gases are produced, which may cause bloating and flatulence. In intolerant persons it can act as a laxative. Side effects normally occur after an intake of 25-30 grams in a single dose, which is far above the usage in normal foods. Lactitol can be used by all religious groups and vegetarians, but not by vegans, as the source is milk sugar. The term carbohydrate alcohol is a chemical definition; lactitol does not contain alcohol (ethanol).

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E966 - Lactitol: Can have a laxative effect and, in large amounts, diarrhoea

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Derived from animal products (not suitable for vegan) - maybe

E966 - Lactitol: Derived from Lactose, commercially prepared using whey, so unsuitable for vegans.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Lactositol
Lactit
Lactobiosit
4-O-beta-D-galactopyranosyl-D-glucitol
4-O-beta-dextro-galactopyranosyl-dextro-glucitol
Lactitolum
Lactobiosit
(2S,3R,4R,5R)-4-[(2S,3R,5R,6R)-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-2-yl]oxyhexane-1,2,3,5,6-pentol

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 585-86-4
  • EINECS Number: 209-813-7
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