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Doctor insights on: Xylitol Side Effects

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Can you please tell me about health effects of side effects of using xylitol as sugar substitute?

Can you please tell me about health effects of side effects of using xylitol as sugar substitute?

Not so much: The first big randomized controlled study to determine the benefits of xylitol in reducing caries in a susceptible population found no statistically significant benefit. I think that the important lesson here is that while xylitol is not a magic bullet, there is much wisdom in limiting the amount of sugar consumed and xylitol may help. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of xylitol?

What are the health benefits of xylitol?

Xylitol: Clears nasal passages, prevents ear infections, reduces intra ocular pressure, reduces periodontal disease, heals wounds. ...Read more

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Is xylitol a natural substance? I see it as an ingredient on some foods and am wondering if it is natural/safe. Thanks

Is xylitol a natural substance?  I see it as an ingredient on some foods and am wondering if it is natural/safe.  Thanks

Natural: It is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in some plants in small amounts. It is generally manufactured to use as a sweetener. It has some beneficial effects when used in place of other sugars in sweets and chewing gum, and has been shown to reduce cavities in several studies. ...Read more

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How does xylitol prevent cavities?

How does xylitol prevent cavities?

Inhibits bacteria: Xylitol is a 5-carbon alcohol sugar that cavity causing germs can not use to grow and multiply. The cavity causing germs release enamel destroying acids when they metabolize sugars eaten in one's diet. They can not do this with xylitol. ...Read more

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Are stevia or xylitol safe sweeteners?

Are stevia or xylitol safe sweeteners?

Maybe.: Both products are advertised as coming from natural sources, so it would seem that they should be safe. They just haven't been used long enough yet to prove their safety. ...Read more

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What chewing gums available contain xylitol?

What chewing gums available contain xylitol?

Many brands.: Mnay brands manufactor gum that contains xylitol in place of suger. It is best to check the package to be sure. ...Read more

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Which gums contain high levels of xylitol and are they unhealthy?

Which gums contain high levels of xylitol and are they unhealthy?

Several brands: There are a number of brands that contain xylitol and they are very beneficial to those that chew them. The xylitol is eaten by the bacteria that cause cavities and they are unable to digest it so they do not replicate, causing the number of bad bacteria to decrease. Artificial sugars and sugar alcohols can cause diarrhea if too much is ingested, so limit your intake. ...Read more