Many people ask, “What is xylitol?” To put it simply, it is a natural sweetener with many other health benefits. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has a crystalline, granular structure with a sweetness comparable to sugar. It naturally occurs in many fruits and vegetables and is produced by the human body.

Xylitol is generally sourced from corncobs or birch trees. Many people prefer it from corn because it is more sustainable in terms of the space it takes to grow and the time until harvest. This makes it more cost-effective to produce and environmentally friendly.  There is no need to source from birch trees as the corn is already grown for food, and what was once thought of as waste, the cob, can now be useful.

Around 1890, Fisher & Stahe in Germany and Betrand in France isolated the 5-carbon sugar, Xylitol.  During World War II Scandinavian countries experienced a shortage of sugar, leading to the first widespread use of xylitol.  After the war, dental professionals in this area started noticing an improvement in their patient’s oral health.  In the 1960’s scientists linked this improvement to the use of xylitol and healthcare professionals began wondering, “what is Xylitol’s effect on the human body”?

For the next 30 years this natural sweetener continued to gain popularity around the world.  In the 1990’s scientists began taking notice of Xylitol’s effect on upper respiratory health.  Now the profound benefits of xylitol are supported by thousands of clinical studies performed around the world.

What are the benefits of Xylitol?

It has 40% less calories than sugar! –  This makes it perfect for all weight management clients.

Unlike Sugar – it does not cause tooth decay – One important advantage of Xylitol is that it does not cause tooth decay. The harmful bacteria in our mouths can use sugar for energy that helps them grow and multiply and erode our teeth. But it is different; it cannot be metabolized by oral bacteria, and it does not cause cavities.

Assist with Obesity Management – As explained above, Xylitol plays a great role in managing the blood sugar for diabetes and it will be safe sweetener for diabetes patients. In the same case, it is related to obesity that some studies demonstrated that it can reduce the obesity among adult.

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