What Is Xylitol?
Xylitol is naturally occurring in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables. It is not an artificial sweetener. We even produce small amounts in our bodies during normal metabolism.
It is usually produced from handpicked corn cobs or from the bark of Birch Trees, corn cobs generally being the more sustainable environmentally friendly option.
Xylitol is about the same sweetness as sugar but with 40% less calories. It has a fresh sweetness with no after taste. It has a very low Glycemic index of between 7 -11 compared with sugar at 65 and doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. Therefore it's a great choice for diabetics.
Unlike sugar, Xylitol does not not cause tooth decay. Instead of feeding the bad bacteria in our mouths it starves them by reducing our mouths acidity. Xylitol helps prevent dental cavities, plaque build-up and gum disease. Many tooth pastes are now available containing Xylitol.
Xylitol is an excellent alternative to sugar particularly for those interested in weight loss, diabetes, tooth care and general health.
Excessive consumption of Xylitol can have a laxative effect for some people, so make sure to take it in small amounts first.
Xylitol can be harmful to dogs so please don’t feed it to your four legged friends.