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What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural, sugar-free, low calorie and low-glycemic sweetener.

Xylitol is a pure and naturally occurring white substance that looks and tastes just like sugar. However, this wonderful sugar substitute does not have any of the negative effects of sugar yet has the same sweet taste.

  1. Xylitol has only 2.4 calories per gram – 40% less than normal sugar ( 4 calories)
  2. Xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth, reducing rates of tooth decay. Sugar-free chewing gums and sweets made with xylitol have received official endorsement from many national dental associations

Xylitol is found in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables, including various berries, corn husks, oats and mushrooms. It is extracted for commercial consumption from corn fibre, birch, raspberries and plums. So even if you hadn’t heard of Xylitol until now, it’s almost certain you will have eaten it! Our Xylitol always comes from renewable sources.

Xylitol belongs to the family of sweeteners called sugar alcohols (named because of their chemistry and nothing to do with the alcohol found in wine or beer!) Other sugars include orbitol, maltitol, and manitol. It has the same degree of sweetness as sucrose.

It is metabolised independently of insulin and has therefore become a popular sweetener for a diabetic diet. In addition, its low calorie count makes it even better for people with diabetes, for whom weight control is very important. Of note, many commercial confectionaries that are labelled “diabetic” contain Xylitol but are often high in saturated fat and calories – why not buy our Xylitol and make your own cakes and sweets and be assured of delicious goodness!

Xylitol is not an artificial sweetener. Artificial sweeteners such as saccharine are detrimental to health. Xylitol is suitable for anyone seeking a healthier life.

Xylitol has many surprising benefits
Xylitol is good for your teeth
Xylitol reduces infections
Xylitol is easy to use and suitable for all
Other health benefits
Important Xylitol facts
Xylitol ~ in cooking

Xylitol is unique compared to other alternative sweeteners in that it has the same sweetness as sugar. A cup of Xylitol is equal to a cup of sugar in cooking. This makes Xylitol ideal for people who want to replace the sugar in existing recipes with Xylitol.

However, you may need to add a little more liquid to recipes like cookies. Xylitol doesn't caramelize and will tend to make some recipes drier. Please share your Xylitol recipes with us in our forum.

But do remember that you cannot use it in bread making or brewing, as it does not ferment with yeast. Of course, this makes Xylitol ideal for anyone concerned about candida albicans.

Xylitol ~ the laxative effect

Xylitol works like fibre in the diet. It is not well digested. Taking Xylitol in excess can lead to a laxative effect. For adults, it is not recommended to exceed 40 grams per day, or 12 grams per meal. In children this needs to be monitored more strictly. Their lower body weight makes them more susceptible to diarrhoea.

Xylitol is not safe for Pets

Xylitol is not considered safe for animals. In the same way that chocolate is safe for humans but potentially lethal to dogs, Xylitol may cause hypoglycaemic shock in animals as they handle sugar differently. You can be assured, however, that the FDA has deemed xylitol perfectly safe for human consumption.