Low-calorie sugars like mannitol and sorbitol diactanoates can be used to create semi-solid vegetable oils, which could be used as alternatives to trans- and saturated fats, according to recent research. "Sugar alcohol-based gelators, namely, mannitol dioctanoate and sorbitol dioctanoate, have been proposed as potential food-grade and healthy strutting agents … The building blocks of these gelators -- sugars and octonoic acid -- offer physiological advantages which are favorable for developing foods that will not elevate the risk of metabolic syndromes," the study authors wrote.

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