Xylitol is a carbohydrate found in hardwood trees and several kinds of fruit. It has a chemical structure that looks like a cross between a sugar and an alcohol but it is neither. It's nearly as sweet as sugar (sucrose) but has fewer calories.
- derived from North American hardwood (mostly Birch trees)
- same sweetness as sugar
- 40% fewer calories than sugar
- 75% fewer carbs than sugar
- 7 on the glycemic index
- may help prevent cavities
- great for baking
Some diabetics use xylitol as a sugar substitute as blood sugar levels tend to stay at a more constant level with xylitol than with regular sugar because it is absorbed more slowly by the body.
Many oral care products contain xylitol since mouth bacteria use xylitol as a source of energy and thus may prevent tooth decay. One simple DIY recipe is a solution of water and xylitol in a spray bottle with a couple drops of peppermint added.
Safety:f you take large amounts of xylitol, such as 30 to 40 grams, you may experience diarrhea or gas. Increasing your intake gradually may help minimize these effects.
Please note: if you are a dog owner, be aware that xylitol can be toxic to dogs, even in small amounts!
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