What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener. It is considered a healthy alternative to sugar and sugar substitutes.
Xylitol was discovered nearly simultaneously by German and French chemists in the late 19th century.
It is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables.
It is produced by the human body during metabolism of starch.
Xylitol has been produced and used since the 1800s, though it wasn’t commercially produced until the 1960s.
Where does the store bought Xylitol come from?
1) Xylitol was originally produced commercially from birch trees
2) Many xylitol products now come from corn husks. Corn is one of the top GMO foods, so always verify that the corn source is non-GMO.
In what kinds of foods and products is Xylitol used?
According to Xylitol Info, Xylitol is used in gum and other candies, medicines such as tablets and syrups, in toothpaste and mouthwash. These products use Xylitol instead of sugar because it will break down faster.
Benefits of xylitol may include:
- Will not affect your blood sugar, necessary for those with hypoglycemia, low blood sugar and thyroid issues
- Because Xylitol is not an actual sugar, it is safe for diabetics to use.
- Reduction of dental cavities
- Increase in overall tooth and gum health
- Decrease in ear infections in young children (probably due to anti-microbial properties)
- Improved bone health
- Can be used like sugar in cooking