NOW Foods Xylitol Plus is a terrific alternative to sugar packets or artificial sweeteners. The Xylitol Plus blend is a combination of the natural and sweet polyol known as xylitol or "birch sugar", since it was originially made from birch bark. Corn cobs and husks are used to make most xylitol today. Xylitol looks and tastes a lot like sugar and is natural and safe. But because it metabolizes so slowly, it has virtually no impact on blood sugar levels or even tooth decay. Stevia is an herbal non-caloric sweetener that complements the neutral taste of xylitol, making Xylitol Plus an ideal sweetener for iced tea, desserts or other foods.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts in various fruits and vegetables. The Finnish name for Xylitol is "koivusokeri", or birch sugar, a reference to the commercial extraction of Xylitol from birch bark. Considerable amounts of Xylitol are formed in the body every day as a result of normal metabolic processes. Although it is classified as a carbohydrate, this sweet crystalline substance is slowly absorbed from the digestive tract and does not cause rapid rises in blood glucose. IN addition, the caloric impact of Xylitol is typically about 40% lower than other carbohydrates, making it a healthy addition to any diet. Discovered simultaneously by French and German chemists in 1891, Xylitol has been safely used since the 1970's as an ingredient in gums and candies due to its unique and clinically proven dental benefits. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that cannot be utilized by bacteria in the mouth. More recent research in laboratory animals has also shown that Xylitol may support healthy bones. NOW Xylitol Plus is derived from a corn source.
|Serving Size: 1 packet|
Servings Per Container: 75
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| ** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
† Daily Value not established.
Other ingredient: Silica.
As a dietary supplement, mix one packet with your coffee, tea, or sprinkle on foods.