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What Is Xylitol?

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What Is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that’s used in gums, candies, toothpaste, and other items. It’s also sold in higher concentrations in oral health-related products, with a focus on preventing tooth decay.


Xylitol is extracted from various fruits and vegetables, although modern production of it primarily comes from corn cobs. It’s nearly identical to sugar in sweetness, but it contains a third of the calories, which means it is not calorie-free.


What Are the Benefits and Side Effects of Xylitol?

Like stevia, xylitol is a good sweetener option, though it will have a small effect on blood sugar since it does contain some carbohydrate.


Some people report having gastrointestinal problems when consuming xylitol. These are usually diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and gas. They typically occur at doses of 100 grams or more a day, which is why the general consensus is that 50 grams a day or less is best.


Xylitol, however, has been shown to have added benefits for a person’s teeth, namely preventing tooth decay. The California Dental Association says that xylitol has been proven to prevent teeth decay by reducing cavities and strengthening tooth enamel as well.


It’s also been shown to be effective at preventing cavity-causing bacteria, and is being considered as a potential protective treatment against other infections, such as the common flu.


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