Developed in the 1950s, sorbitol is now the most consumed sugar alcohol. In all applications, demand for sorbitol is largely a function of its unique combination of functional properties as a humectant, sweetener, bulking agent, stabilizer, softener, emulsifier, and its surface-active properties. Use in personal care products (mainly toothpaste), food and confections and in the manufacture of vitamin C accounted for 78% of world consumption in 2007; these applications will continue to account for over 75% of world demand in the near future....
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