@MikeMason-- I don't believe that sugar alcohols are as healthy as people claim and I'm basing this on my personal experience.
I have diabetes and many sugar-free food products for diabetics contain sugar alcohols in them. The bad part is that they label these products as "sugar free" so you think that it's okay to have it.
Yes, it's technically "sugar-free" but in reality, sugar alcohols are carbohydrates and depending on how much you eat and how much of it gets metabolized, it will increase blood sugar.
One day, I bought sugar-free pound cake and I had a little more than I should have because I was just so excited that I could have it. An hour later, my blood sugar shot through the roof and I felt sick for the rest of the day. So sugar alcohols are not safe for diabetics. Maybe if they're consumed in very little amounts, but it can be hard to keep track of how much sugar alcohol you have eaten and it's impossible to know how much of it will get metabolized.