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Originally posted by Pixie777
reply to post by andru
That's fantastic news! It seems to be good for you overall, from your teeth to osteoporosis, to fighting bad bacteria like strep. But what about what this article has to say on it? Xylitol good or bad?
Here's one mentioning some Digestiv e issues
So it comes down to people need to try it for themselves and see how their bodies accept it. I haven't seen Xylitol in our stores anywhere, but I'll take a look around, i might be an option. Thanks for the tip Much appreciatededit on 27-9-2011 by Pixie777 because: I don't know why it's making a space between the 'v' and the 'e' in digestive it's not that way on the original post ?
But what about xylitol? Sorry, but Rami says it’s a no go.
“… this industrial product is just not necessary. Nature has provided us with many wholesome sweeteners that can be used in moderation without adverse effects in the context of a diet of nutrient-dense traditional foods.”
Bottom line: stick to maple syrup, raw honey, rapadura, palm sugar, and stevia.
Of the sugar alcohols, many notorious for unpleasant intestinal side effects, probably erythritol (sold as Z Sweet) and xylitol (sold under a variety of names and in bulk bags in many health food stores) have the fewest of these side effects, if used in moderation.
Xylitol: A sugar alcohol, derived from xylan (a complex sugar chain, sort of like cellulose, which is found in corncobs, straw, almond shells and birch bark) which is then broken down into individual units of a simple sugar, called xylose, which are then hydrogenated to make xylitol. Positives are that its sweetness is exactly equal to sugar (but only half the calories) and so measures exactly like sugar, spoon for spoon, making for easy recipe conversion. Additionally, there are a pretty good number of research studies that point to its actually being of some health benefit for preventing cavities and ear infections in children.
Drawbacks: Users have reported the typical intestinal side effects of sugar alcohols, such as gas, bloating, rumbling and diarrhea, although some people aver having less misery with it than with other sugar alcohols, except, perhaps, erythritol. Additionally, some users perceive a slight cold, faintly metallic quality to its taste, although other people describe it as a clean taste. Once only found in chewing gum, it’s now being manufactured in bulk and in individual single-serving packets. If you tolerate using it, and many people do, it’s probably among the least offensive of the sugar alcohols.