The Health Food Emporium Xylitol is a natural sweetener, a healthier alternative to sugar, found in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables that are natural xylan-rich sources. Xylitol is an ideal sugar substitute, with the same sweetness as sugar but with 40% less calories with no unpleasant aftertaste. Xylitol has a low GI value with little effect on blood sugar levels and insulin.
It is therefore seen as a useful alternative for diabetics, pre-diabetics, weight management programmes as well as anyone who simply prefers to follow a healthier lifestyle.
Xylitol can be highly toxic to dogs.
Xylitol is can cause digestive side effects when excessively consumed, not unlike conventional sugar.