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Xylitol: Healthy Alternative to Sugar


Xylitol crystals. Photo taken, using a microscope, in 2001. Photo taken by Anders Řstergaard Madsen, Denmark 2001.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occurring sugar substitute. It is found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, including various berries, corn husks, oats, and mushrooms. It can be extracted from corn fiber, birch, raspberries, plums, and corn.

While people are generally advised to steer well clear of artificial sugar replacements, xylitol is a remarkable exception. This 100% natural sweetener has the same sweetness as sugar but 40% less calories, no unpleasant aftertaste and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects. In fact, you'd have to eat nine spoonfuls of xylitol to get the same effect on your blood sugar levels as just one spoonful of sugar!

“Xylitol is the ONLY sugar alternative I recommend. It’s 100% natural, low in calories, won’t disrupt your blood sugar and actually protects your teeth!” says health expert Patrick Holford.

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