Effect of Sorbitol on the Urinary Excretion of some B Vitamins in Man

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THE inclusion of sorbitol in the diets of rats makes them able to survive and grow in the absence of dietary sources of B vitamins1. It is likely that the sorbitol acts by increasing the synthesis of these vitamins in the alimentary canal. We have investigated the possibility that sorbitol similarly increases synthesis in man. We have done this by determining the urinary output of three vitamins in a male subject aged 27 (J.D.W.) before, during and after the ingestion of sorbitol.

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WATSON, J., YUDKIN, J. Effect of Sorbitol on the Urinary Excretion of some B Vitamins in Man. Nature 184, 911 (1959) doi:10.1038/184911a0

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