What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a polyol extracted from birch bark, considered for twenty years as a remarkable substitute for conventional sugar in Nordic countries. It is a natural substance found in fibrous fruits and vegetables and in some leafy trees. This natural sweetener is health-promoting and helps stabilize insulin and hormone levels. It does not harm teeth and does not have the side effects of sugar or most sweeteners. Xylitol promotes healing; it is a natural antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of bacteria. It is the only type of sugar that does not promote or feed harmful bacteria and fungi.
It looks and tastes like sugar and has the same sugar content. It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed like a complex carbohydrate. Xylitol can be used in recipes that call for sugar by replacing it in equal amounts.