Xylitol or birch sugar is a sugar alcohol with a sweetening effect similar to cane sugar, yet with only ⅔ its energy content. Found in its natural form in some fruits, vegetables and cereals (corn) and birch wood bark, it is extracted from these sources. Nowadays, store-bought products are mainly extracted from corn, so read the product label if looking for birch xylitol.
Avoid feeding dogs with xylitol or foodstuffs made with it as it can cause severe cases of poisoning in dogs!
Its energy content is only two-thirds of granulated sugar, yet it has the same sweetening effect, so if you’d like to cut back on your energy intake, it’s worth changing to xylitol. It doesn’t raise blood sugar levels as only an insignificant amount is absorbed from the intestines. Therefore, it is also suitable for people with diabetes.
An additional advantage is that it can be superbly used in the case of foodstuffs in which the volume and not just the sweetness is an important factor (for example, in sponge cakes).
It causes no tooth decay as it is non-fermentable by oral bacteria.
Xylitol can cause gastric bloating and diarrhea. In the case of those sensitive to the substance, even a small amount can induce such undesirable side effects, so it’s worth getting used to it gradually. It’s not recommended to exceed a daily intake of 30-50g.
Xylitol tolerates heat well. It can be used to substitute granulated sugar in all dishes, yet make sure not to exceed the daily allowance (30-50g).
Ingredients: xylitol (E967)
Nutritional information (Typical values per 100g):
||1004 kJ / 240 kcal
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Keep in a cold, dry place!
Country of origin: Finland