Maltitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sugar substitute. It has 75–90% of the sweetness of sucrose and nearly identical properties, except for browning. It is used to replace table sugar because it is half as energetic, does not promote tooth decay, and has a somewhat lesser effect on blood glucose

Maltitol is used in food mostly in the sweet food categories such cakes, pastries, candy manufacture, particularly sugar-free hard candy, chewing gum, chocolates, baked goods, ice cream, sugar confectionery and snack bars as well as a tabletop sweetener, as it has a similar sweetness to sugar (sucrose). The pharmaceutical industry uses maltitol as an excipient, where it is used as a low-calorie sweetening agent