Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts of various fruits and vegetables. The Finnish name for Xylitol is "koivusokeri", or birch sugar, a reference to the extraction of Xylitol from birch bark. NOW Pure Xylitol is derived from a corn source. Considerable amounts of Xylitol is formed in the body every day as a result of normal metabolic processes. Although it is classified as a carbohydrate, this sweet crystalline substance is slowly absorbed from the digestive tract and does not cause rapid rises in blood glucose. In addition, the caloric impact of Xylitol is typically about 40% lower than other carbohydrates, making it a healthy addition to any diet.
Discovered simultaneously by French and German chemists in 1891, Xylitol has been safely used since the 1970's as an ingredient in gums and candies. Dentists and Nutritionists alike encourage the use of Xylitol due to its unique and clinically proven dental benefits. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that cannot be utilized by undesirable particles in the mouth. Xylitol...a safe alternative for your sweet tooth.
The best thing about NOW Xylitol Packets is that they can take the place of the sugar you're already using. Add it to your morning coffee, your evening tea, holiday baked goods, your most delectable desserts, or just sprinkle it on anything you'd like to sweeten naturally.
For best results, simply replace each 1/2 teaspoon of sugar with 1 convenient Xylitol packet to enjoy the reduced calorie sweetness that nature intended.
Other Ingredients: Xylitol and Silica.
Free of: salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, preservatives, artifical colors or artificial flavors.