If xylitol (SIGH-li-tall) isn't the ideal substitute for sugar, it's darn close. This totally natural and safe compound has a white granular appearance, similar to and a bit coarser than table sugar. Spoon for spoon you measure and use it just like sugar. Xylitol has a cool, neutral sweetness. Because it metabolizes so slowly, xylitol has a negligible effect on blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics and dieters. In the kitchen xylitol works for most recipes except when you're baking with yeast, or when making certain types of candy. Not only is xylitol a lot kinder to your teeth than sugar, it's actually been found to inhibit the formation of cavities.
Xylitol Description from Now
Xylitol is naturally occurring sweetener derived from fruit, such as strawberries, pears and plums, or trees, specifically birchwood.
It resembles sugar in consistency and taste, but has a third fewer calories and is great sugar alternative for diabetics. Xylitol may also inhibit cavities by denying plaque bacteria the fuel (sugar) it needs to erode tooth enamel. It can be used as a sugar substitute in most sugar-free recipes.
|Serving Size: 4 grams
Servings Per Container: 113
|% Daily Value**
|Calories from fat
| ** 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.
Diarrhea may occur with excessive consumption. If this happens, reduce intake or discontinue use. Not a significant source of saturated fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium or Iron.