xylitol… but is it natural?

off the beaten path here

So I’ve been hearing some rumblings about xylitol, and decided to really look into it.

Is it natural? Is it a chemical? What’s the deal?

The truth seems to be that while xylitol is an organic substance found occurring in nature, it is a processed product. So all the  xylitol we buy is is “produced by the industrialised process of sugar hydrogenation.   In order to hydrogenate anything, a catalyst is needed, and in the case of xylitol, Raney nickel is used which is a powdered nickel-aluminum alloy.” (ref http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/xylitol-not-as-sweet-as-its-cracked-up-to-be/)

Sadly, most xylitol is made from GMO corn, so be on the look out for Birch Xylitol if you can – at least you’ll be avoiding GMOs… Remember, if you have too much, xylitol can have a laxative effect. And it is toxic to our pets 😦

That being said it does have it’s virtues – it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels like normal cane sugar does, and it’s good for your teeth!

Personally, I’ll keep having a spoon in my coffee in the morning, but it’s good to be more informed about what we’re eating.

According to their websites:

  • Sweet Nothings xylitol is made from the corn cob
  • MojoME xylitol is made from the birch trees



2 thoughts on “xylitol… but is it natural?

  1. Penelope says:

    Thank you for info re xylitol. Where can I buy mojome ? Stevia doesn’t seem to be as visible as xylitol ? Maybe that would be better. Love your recipes and input. Kind regards Penelope


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