Palatinit® digestibility in children

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Palatinit®, (Isomalt), along with other sugar alcohols of the disaccharide type such as lactitol, and maltitol are commercially used as sweetening agents. Palatinit® ingestion may result in a substantial amount of undigested Palatinit® reaching the colon, where it may be microbially degraded resulting in symptoms. This study reports on symptomatic response to varying levels of the test product, Palatinit®, and the control product sucrose in 41 healthy subjects ranging from 8 to 18 years of age. Results indicate no significant increase in symptoms of intolerance between Palatinit® and the control product sucrose. In addition, no significant dose specific differences were observed. Further, the mean weight, height, age, and sex, were not significantly different between children who did and did not report symptoms. These observations were consistently noted during a direct four hour observation period immediately following the ingestion of the test and control product, as well as for the 20 hour self-reporting period following the initial four hour observation period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalNutrition Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992


  • Dissacharide intolerance
  • Isomalt
  • Palatinit®
  • Sugar alcohols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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