Xylitol is categorized as a sugar alcohol and found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables. It can be processed from birch trees, NON-GMO corn and a plant fiber referred to as xylan. Because xylitol is a refined sweetener it doesn’t contain any vitamins, minerals or protein sometimes referred to as empty calories. It has about 40% less calories than sugar and can be substituted for sugar with a few minor considerations. It is a common ingredient found in sugar-free chew gum, candies, mints, diabetes-friendly foods and oral care products (tooth paste, mouth wash, etc.)
Some benefits include:
- Prevent tooth decay
- Helps to re-mineralize teeth
- Is a prebiotic ~ promotes good gut flora
- Helps to decrease ear infection
- Increases collagen production
- Prevents bacteria growth
- May help to prevent and treat osteoporosis
- Excellent sugar substitute for diabetics
The one issue which one should be aware of is that xylitol is very toxic to dogs and may cause low blood sugar levels or liver damage if ingested.
I have substituted sugar crystals with xylitol crystals in a home remedy exfoliator to slough dead skin cells. It was very nice, however seemed to break down or dissolve faster than table sugar. I thought it might be great for acneic skin due to the fact is prevents bacteria growth. Dentists often recommend products having xylitol to patients for its anti-bacterial properties.
I found xylitol at the local health food store. You may want to try it!!!