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What Is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the wood of birch trees. It can also be produced by bacterial fermentation of corn cobs and sugarcane.
I experience unpleasant side effects when I eat treats sweetened with more than a tiny amount of xylitol. In a study performed on 70 human volunteers, the majority of them experienced unpleasant GI side effects after drinking 1/4 cup or more of a xylitol-sweetened beverage. However, I’ve been told that some people tolerate it well. If wish to try xylitol, start out with small amounts and see how your body responds.
Although xylitol is safe for consumption by humans, it is TOXIC to dogs! It can cause hypoglycemia and liver failure in dogs because they absorb xylitol much more rapidly than humans and rats. Remember to keep your sugar-free treats away from your furry friends!
Xylitol frequently appears in sugar-free recipes published in health food magazines. After having my own unpleasant encounters with xylitol, I began to wonder if the editors of those magazines actually taste the recipes they share! Start out consuming small amounts of xylitol to see if your body tolerates it well. I would not recommend using xylitol to make a dessert that will be served to company.
In some recipes, I add a tiny bit of xylitol to improve the texture or enhance the sweetness of baked goods. One to two tablespoons added to the entire recipe is the amount that I can handle without discomfort. To find how to combine sugar-free sweeteners for the best results, check out the cookbook. For less than the cost of two lattes, you can support this website and find out everything you need to know about using xylitol and other natural sugar-free sweeteners.