What is the difference between sugar and alcohol sugar?

Question by Eliz: What is the difference between sugar and alcohol sugar?
Have a diabetic friend that buys “sugar free cookies” but the label shows alcohol sugar. What is alcohol sugar and how is it different than regular sugar? Does it have an adverse effect on the diabetic?

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Answer by Diabetes Living
Sugar Alcohol is a sweetener that is not sugar (sucrose) and doesn’t raise blood sugar like sucrose does. It is an acceptable substitute for diabetics. However, be warned, there is a real possibility of severe gas with this substitute.

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