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#1 Old 01-13-2011, 06:50 AM
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hey everyone, just wondering, have you tried and / or do you use any Xylitol as a sweetener? While searching for something the other day at TVS, this was mentioned (http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/e...jsp?id=TU-1109) and comes recommended by them. So, I figured I'd ask the folks who know. My objective? sweeten things (food, coffee, etc) not too much without the spikes of sugar. I've tried - and use - Stevia but I'm not in love with the taste so far. I've not tried them all.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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xylitol is supposed to be better for the teeth I believe, as it prevents sugar from sticking around the teeth and gums.......haven't tried it yet

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I like Xylitol. I have some gum that uses Xylitol. It's good for baking and such too.

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Second time I'm recommending this DVD, but the series is a wealth of information.
Dr. Michael Greger has a series called Latest in Clinical Nutrition that talks about health and nutrition studies that were released through the year. Volume 3 (2009) has a section where it talks about all the sweeteners out there and whether they are harmful, helpful, or harmless in chapter 10. (also talks about sugar vs. corn syrup in chapter 7).
I have the CD in the house so if I have time I can look up what was said. But if you want to watch yourself, I found them online:
Part 1: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTU3OTM5OTg4.html (The artificial sweeteners part starts around 17:40)
Part 2: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTU3ODQwOTY4.html

Xylitol apparently causes a laxative-like effect in the body.

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Originally Posted by *AHIMSA* View Post

I like Xylitol. I have some gum that uses Xylitol. It's good for baking and such too.

I've only experienced it in sugarfree chewing gums too. Never on its own. I think its in most chewing gum, at least the ones I've had (Trident, Orbit, Wrigley's).

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Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, and will give you gas and diarrhea if used in large enough amounts. You might tolerate a little bit in sugar free gum or in your coffee, but I wouldn't use it as an across the board sugar substitute. While it doesn't seem to cause spikes in blood sugar (according to Wikipedia), it actually has only 1/3 fewer calories than sugar.

I would doubt it actually tastes right - I've had some of those diabetic candies with sugar alcohols in them, and they taste weird. Why not sucralose (Splenda)? That wouldn't have the potentially bad gastrointestinal effects, and it has no calories.

I'm not a big fan of artificial sweeteners in general, though. I don't like the way they taste, so I prefer to just use less sugar if I'm trying to cut calories.
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My mom found out the hard way last week about the laxative effect after eating an entire small bag of candy with xylitol.
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Notice how some people like xylitol and some don't? Notice how you don't like stevia while people like me do? In other words, Abiras (great avatar, by the way), you should just try it for yourself

Keep in mind that sugar alcohols, as was mentioned, can have a gassy/laxative effect in some people. I've never had a problem no matter how much I've consumed.

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Originally Posted by RabbitLuvr View Post

I stay far, far away from xylitol. It gives me really bad gas. (The kind that bloats up your stomach until you feel like you are going to explode, and doesn't go away for hours and hours.) One piece of sugar-free gum sends me into severe pain for the remainder of the day.

I have a reaction to it also, although, not as bad as yours. I do not buy anything with it anymore.
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I use it to sweeten my tea so i don't feel like i should brush my teeth right after drinking it. I used it to make ice "cream" once and i didn't experience any negative side effects, but i never go crazy with it since large doses of sugar alcohols are used as a laxative. I don't like the way all of the no-calorie sweeteners i've had taste but xylitol tastes like white sugar to me, although, it causes a slight cooling feeling on my tongue.

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I use both Xylitol and Erythritol in my coffee, and it has no after taste IMO and are as close to raw sugar as I can find. Although the taste is similar, Erythritol has almost no (if any at all) gastointestinal effect and the glycemic index is 0 (vs Xylitol's 13) and less sweet. Erythritol is 60-70% sweetness of table sugar while Xylitol's even. They're both the best tasting sugar alternatives IMO and the packets are so convenient for traveling. All I need are these and Soygos. I rarely use it at home though, when I use brown rice syrup as my sweetener.
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First, to clarify, Xylitol is not artificial. Your body actually produces really small amounts of it, and it's found in small amounts in some fruits. The xylitol you find in the stores is usually obtained from Birch trees.

Second, Xylitol is amazing. I use it often. It's true that when used in large amounts it can give you diarrhea but that doesn't mean you should shy away from it. It is just as sweet as sugar and can be used in almost anyway sugar can (minus baking recipes that also call for yeast as it kills/deactivates yeast). Plus, it has amazing medicinal benefits:

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