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SonicEarth 08-04-2008 06:05 PM

Is xylitol safe?

jeneticallymodified 08-04-2008 06:10 PM

yep. provided you aren't a dog (not implying that you are, btw- its just very bad for dogs). and eating a tonne of it will send you rapidly to the bathroom. but beyond that, yes. its actually medically used to prevent tooth decay and sinus infections, too (which aint bad). i like it.

*AHIMSA* 08-04-2008 06:11 PM

I think it is. I like erythritol too.

Fyvel 08-04-2008 06:24 PM

It doesn't give me a headache like aspartame does



That said, I don't use it on a very regular basis. It's in the gum I chew from time to time (that is aspartame free), and that's about it.



Everything in moderation.

SonicEarth 08-04-2008 09:12 PM

What is a good xylitol chewing gum? I don't like artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose and xylitol seems like a good replacement.

Nywyn 08-05-2008 09:03 AM

Xylitol is a naturally occuring plant sugar that was originally extracted from beech trees in Finland, where almost all of the chewing gum is made with it. It can also be extracted from corn, fruits, vegetables, oats, mushrooms. It's no more harmful than other natural sugars, but should be used in moderation as with all sweeteners.

Music Girl 08-05-2008 09:35 AM

I don't trust anything that gives me severe stomach cramps in even moderate doses.

jeneticallymodified 08-05-2008 09:45 AM

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I don't trust anything that gives me severe stomach cramps in even moderate doses.



a bowl of rhubarb would do the same thing- doesn't make it an evil thing.

Music Girl 08-05-2008 09:57 AM

Not evil, but using xylitol in amounts larger than what is generally used in gum or small hard candies a painful digestive reaction is quite common. We have tons of customer returns at work based on the pain/diarrhea/gas reaction to this sweetner (even just using one small packet of it can cause it.) I don't see how something that could cause such a violent reaction in a fairly large percentage of people could possibly be good for you. I have never had or heard of a reaction to xylitol sweetened gum. But the packaged or spoonable xylitol I would advise people to be wary of.



As far as rhubarb goes, it can be quite toxic if you eat too much or eat the wrong part of the plant, so I pretty much steer clear of it, too, except very rarely and in very small portions. There are too many other delicious fruits for using in puddings and pies to worry much with rhubarb (even though it does taste good.)

counting_hours 08-05-2008 10:22 AM

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As far as rhubarb goes, it can be quite toxic if you eat too much or eat the wrong part of the plant, so I pretty much steer clear of it, too, except very rarely and in very small portions. There are too many other delicious fruits for using in puddings and pies to worry much with rhubarb (even though it does taste good.)







I guess this means I will have to eat extra rhubarb for you. So yummy. So good in jam and pies.....*craves rhubarb strawberry upside-down cake*

Music Girl 08-05-2008 10:26 AM

You can have my share. It dredges up bad memories. My mom used to grow rhubarb, cut up the stalks and make pie or cobbler or something wonderful, then warn us about how poison it was while we were trying to enjoy it.



So, yeah, rhubarb is something I need to take to the shrink's office.



Xylitol, on the other hand, really made me sick as a dog. I avoid that stuff with good reason.

GhostUser 08-05-2008 10:36 PM

for me its okay too...and aspartame too....but sometimes splenda gives me migraines espically in diet coke...i love diet coke just not with splenda.

hnybny91 08-06-2008 09:21 AM

I have switched to Stevia as a sweetner. Now, if I could just find a Stevia sweetned gum I would be in heaven!

jeneticallymodified 08-06-2008 09:58 AM

i think we're all gonna need to take a little trip to japan, via finland, and stock up.

pavut 08-06-2008 02:16 PM

Just about all chewing gum here in Finland is sweetened with xylitol. My husband likes to get toothpaste with it too.

jeneticallymodified 08-06-2008 02:51 PM

pavut, is it JUST sweetened with xylitol (no aspartame and other yucky sweeteners?) are they vegetable gum based? i reckon you could probably sell vegan gum on ebay. i can't find any xylitol gum thats vegan in canada (i found one whcih nearly was, but with beeswax, once, and it was incredibly rubbish).

pavut 08-06-2008 03:13 PM

Yeah, the most popular brand here is mostly vegan, there are a few varieties. I am not sure if they all are only sweetened with xylitol, but they all do have it. There is a list of vegan gums on the Finnish vegan union website. I'll have to look into it.



There are also many vegan breath mints with xylitol.

Tweety 08-06-2008 06:21 PM

I chew 2-3 pieces a day without difficulty.

TuscanyNYC 08-06-2008 09:28 PM

My partner (who is an insulin dependent diabetic) was told by his endocrinologist to use Xylitol or Stevia, so now he uses it everywhere.

GhostUser 08-06-2008 10:12 PM

I chew xylitol gum regularly and I like to sweeten things with xylitol sometimes. I could easily consume up to 2 teaspoons of xylitol a day with no ill effects. But I never went over that.



If you're looking for xylitol gum, you could get B fresh on Amazon or on Pangea.

counting_hours 08-07-2008 11:10 AM

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You can have my share. It dredges up bad memories. My mom used to grow rhubarb, cut up the stalks and make pie or cobbler or something wonderful, then warn us about how poison it was while we were trying to enjoy it.



So, yeah, rhubarb is something I need to take to the shrink's office.



LMAO. Yeah, my mom would make rhubarb everything and tell us how good it was for us , so I guess I have an opposite issue. I love to eat stalks of it raw that I break off in the garden while I walk around the yard,heh.

Vrindavan1 10-24-2008 09:31 PM

i am thinking using toothpaste containing it for prevention of tooth decay.

Is it effective ??



Any suggestion

GhostUser 10-25-2008 12:37 AM

I find that this stuff is pretty tasteless, or is that just me? lol

Vrindavan1 10-25-2008 05:27 AM

>> tasteless ??



is it a sugar substitute ?

jeneticallymodified 10-25-2008 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Vrindavan1 View Post

i am thinking using toothpaste containing it for prevention of tooth decay.

Is it effective ??



Any suggestion



studies say it does 'starve' bacteria, and dentists approve its use in chewing gum, so i'd say yes. google seems to agree.



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>> tasteless ??



is it a sugar substitute ?



it is. its supposed to be sweet- but its not as sweet as sugar to me either- and tastes a bit cold, which is slightly odd.


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