WHAT IS XYLITOL?
Xylitol is a nutritive sugar found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables. The most common sources of extraction are corn cobs, and trees. Since it’s plant-derived, xylitol isn’t classified as an artificial sweetener.
Xylitol looks, and tastes just like sucrose (white sugar). It’s used in baking, and cooking. You can sweeten your coffee, tea or cocoa with it. Measurement equivalent is the same as table sugar.
WHY USE XYLITOL INSTEAD OF SUCROSE?
Xylitol has health benefits. It prevents tooth decay, and nasal infections, and can be used safely by diabetics. There are about 40 percent fewer carbohydrates in xylitol, and about 75 percent fewer carbohydrates, than sucrose (white sugar). If you are a diabetic, it’s always best to check with your health care practitioner about sugar substitutes.
Xylitol is a food, not a drug. Therefore, food packaging labels carry no claims. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of xylitol, visit Xylitol.org, and WebMD. Xylitol sweetener is usually sold in bags. You can buy it at Amazon.com, at XylitolUSA.com. Xylitol.org provides many links to other product sites.
XYLITOL IS NOT SAFE FOR CATS AND DOGS
Xylitol is safe for humans, but not for cats and dogs. Never feed your cat or dog anything containing xylitol. Even in small amounts, it is toxic, and can be fatal. An article appearing in the July 2012 issue of The Seattle Times, explains why.
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