Added sugar may be the single most unhealthy aspect of the modern diet.
For this reason, people have looked towards natural alternatives like Xylitol.
Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar, but has fewer calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels.
Several studies suggest that it can improve dental health and have various other important benefits.
Xylitol is a substance that is categorized as a sugar alcohol (or polyalcohol). A sugar alcohol is an organic compound and a class of polyols, also called polyhydric alcohol, polyalcohol, alditol or glycitol. Contrary to its name, it is neither alcohol nor sugar. They are white, water-soluble solids that occur naturally and are used widely in the food industry as thickeners and sweeteners.
Sugar alcohols are like hybrids of a sugar molecule and alcohol molecule. Their structure gives them the ability to stimulate the sweet taste receptors on the tongue.
Xylitol is found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables and is therefore considered natural. Humans even produce small amounts of it via normal metabolism.
Xylitol has no known toxicity in humans. In one study, the participants consumed a diet containing a monthly average of 1.5 kg of xylitol with a maximum daily intake of 430 g with no apparent ill effects.