In the simplest of terms, Xylitol is a sugar alcohol. It can be extracted from various berries, oats and mushrooms as well as fibrous material such as corn husks, sugar cane bagasse and birch. However, industrial production starts with xylan, a hemicellulose extracted from hardwoods or corncobs.
The beauty of Xylitol is that it is roughly as sweet as table sugar but with 33% fewer calories. Not only that, it is actually beneficial for dental health, reducing cavities and helping to remineralise with regular use.
And as if that wasn't enough, Xylitol has an extremely low glycemic index (GI), its GI of 7 comparing very favourably to that of glucose, which has a GI of 100. This means it has a lower effect on blood sugar levels making it safe for diabetics and individuals with hyperglycemia.
In the gut, Xylitol is not absorbed as well as glucose or fructose, the unabsorbed xylitol acting as soluble dietary fibre, helping to maintain certain aspects of gut function.
Xylitol can be used as a direct replacement for sugar (sucrose) and has little to no aftertaste.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Derived from non-GMO corn.
Free from: yeast, dairy, egg, soy, salt, preservatives, gluten, artificial colours, flavours or any other additives.
Do not use if allergic to Xylitol. Possible laxative effect with high consumption. If pregnant, breast feeding or have kidney problems, consult your healthcare professional before use. Keep out of reach of children. High doses not suitable for dogs. Keep tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.
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