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The use of xylito


by João gabriel Guedes | Jan. 11, 2018
An alternative to sugar that is conquering the cuisine of many people is xylitol, a natural sweetener that is found in the fibers of many


It is perfectly capable of replacing sucrose;

It is tolerated by diabetics;

Due to its high chemical and microbiological stability, it acts, even in low concentrations, as a preservative of food products, as it prevents the growth of microorganisms;

Due to the absence of aldehyde or ketone groups in its molecule, it does not participate in reactions with amino acids, known as Maillard reactions. Therefore, it does not undergo non-enzymatic darkening reactions, which cause a decrease in the nutritional value of the proteins;

Due to its high heat of endothermic solution (34.8 cal / g), it produces a pleasant refreshing effect on the mouth when it comes into contact with saliva, being able, due to its organoleptic properties, to enhance the refreshing effect of flavored products mint;

Atoxic substance, classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) type additive, which allows its incorporation into foods;

The laxative effects of ingestion at doses greater than 60g per day were observed - however, in one study, subjects consumed about 1.5 kg xylitol per month (reaching a maximum daily intake of more than 400 grams), without presenting any negative effects. [5]

Its use in industrialized products has been approved in more than forty countries;

It has anticariogenic action, mainly determined by its non-fermentability by bacteria of the genus Streptococcus. Thus, it limits the proliferation of this type of bacteria in the buccal flora, reduces the amount of insoluble polysaccharides and increases that of soluble polysaccharides, which results in a plaque less adherent and easy to remove by the habitual brushing of the teeth. It also increases the salivation, which promotes the remineralization of the teeth and, consequently, the reversal of the cavities in early stage, as well as prevents the pH decrease of the surface of the teeth, resulting from the metabolization of anaerobic bacteria;

It is indicated for treating diabetes, lipid metabolism disorders, renal and parenteral lesions; and to prevent otitis, lung infections 

  • Global Innovator Dec. 24, 2019, 9:22 a.m. PST
    An alternative to sugar that is conquering the cuisine of many people is xylitol, a natural sweetener that is found in the fibers of many

    chemical sweeteners = diabetes

    corn sugar is GMO sugar is major cause of diabetes
  • Olga Gieszczykiewicz Sept. 15, 2018, 7:24 p.m. PDT
    It is used in gum I believe. Why is it so expensive? I think that is the limiting factor.
  • Peter Andrews March 6, 2018, 7:36 a.m. PST
    Why does the heading of this page say 'The use of xylito'? Are you missing the final 'l'?
  • Andreia Cardoso Feb. 21, 2018, 11:57 a.m. PST
    “Yacon is a name used to refer to the plant Smallanthus sonchifolius, which is a tuber vegetable (similar to a potato) and a common food product in South America. It looks like a sweet potato and tastes like a pear. While the tuber itself is used in cooking, a syrup derived from the tuber (called yacon syrup) is used as an alternative sweetener.

    This vegetable is also sometimes called the 'diet potato,' which is thought to be related to its fructooligosaccharide (FOS) content. The FOS benefits gut health and has a prebiotic effect, and they may also have a minor appetite suppressing effect in the obese, which reduces food intake. It is thought to be a good dietary supplement, since its production costs are low and yield is high, so it may be one of the most financially feasible sources of dietary FOS while possibly deter sugar consumption, as yacon syrup itself is sweet.”