Most people enjoy the sweet taste of food. Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols can provide the sweet flavor and be beneficial for people with diabetes or those choosing to avoid sugars because they contain lower calories and carbohydrates than regular sugars. These products are also beneficial in that they do not cause tooth decay.
Washburn, Carolyn and Christensen, Nedra, "Sugar Substitutes: Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols" (2012). All Current Publications. Paper 204.