Xylitol is a natural, plant derived substance that looks and tastes very similar to sugar but has less than 1/2 of the calories of sugar. It has a low glycemic index as it obsorbes slowly into the blood stream and does not cause a spike like sugar . It is used to sweeten all kinds of chewing gum as it is known to reduce the incidence of tooth decay. Why isn’t Xylitol the natural sugar substitute of choice? It’s far more expensive than sugar or artificial sweeteners, and knowledge of the product is limited in the U.S.
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