Corn Xylitol: Here's The Scoop

If you adore your dental health and want to enjoy sweetness without compromising your smile, xylitol is an acceptable alternative for you. There is a much longer track record with xylitol in comparison to allulose or erythritol.

Here's The Scoop

100% Natural Sweetness: Derived from Non-GMO corn, xylitol is a wholesome and pure sweetening option that aligns with a health-conscious lifestyle. Embrace the sweetness of nature and bid farewell to artificial sweeteners.

Diabetic-Friendly Sweetener: Managing blood sugar levels is crucial, especially for individuals with diabetes. Research shows that xylitol has negligible effects on blood sugar levels and insulin, making it a suitable choice for diabetics or anyone aiming to manage their blood sugar (1)(2).

Low Glycemic Index: Seeking stable blood sugar levels? Xylitol comes to the rescue! With its low glycemic index, it does not spike blood sugars (3).

Cavity-Fighting Properties: Believe it or not, xylitol can be a hero for your oral health! Studies suggest that it helps reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. The effectiveness of xylitol on dental plaque reduction was discovered in 1970 during a study conducted in Turku, Finland. Xylitol has been widely accepted globally as a natural sweetener approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (4).

Aiding Weight Management: Embarking on a weight management journey? Xylitol can be your ally. With fewer calories than sugar, it allows you to enjoy sweet indulgence with reduced caloric intake, supporting your health goals. A study conducted on mice shows promising results for reduction in visceral fat along with potentially lower blood glucose levels (5).

A 3-week study conducted on a rat model experienced a 50-75% reduction in total cholesterol and LDL from the consumption of 10% xylitol drinking water. A similar trend has been reported among humans at a higher consumption level of 40-100g/day of xylitol (6).

Other Health Benefits: There is research that connects xylitol to some rather impressive healthy benefits such as a link to increased collagen production, protection against osteoporosis, and feeding the friendly bacteria in your gut. (7)(8)(9)

Mild Digestive Discomfort: While xylitol offers numerous benefits, moderation is key. Excessive consumption of xylitol may cause mild digestive discomfort, such as bloating or gas, in some individuals (10). The same is true for the sugar alcohol erythritol and "rare sugar" allulose. On a positive note, your body can adjust very well to xylitol. Increase the intake slowly and give your body time to adjust. To enjoy its sweetness without any unwanted side effects, we recommend introducing corn xylitol gradually into your diet and listening to your body's response.

Remember Your Pets: As much as we adore our furry friends, corn xylitol is for human consumption only and not for pets (11). Keep products containing corn xylitol out of their reach. Numerous household food items such as: coffee grounds, chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, dairy products, and diabetic medications should be kept away from dogs.

Citations:

For those seeking further information, we provide citations to reputable studies and research on corn xylitol.

Note: As with any dietary change or health consideration, it is always best to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized advice and to address any specific health concerns.

Footnotes

  1. Wiebe, N., Padwal, R., Field, C., Marks, S., Jacobs, R., & Tonelli, M. (2011). A systematic review on the effect of sweeteners on glycemic response and clinically relevant outcomes. BMC medicine, 9, 123. https://doi.org/10.1186/1741-7015-9-123
  2. Ashcroft, S. J., Weerasinghe, L. C., Bassett, J. M., & Randle, P. J. (1972). The pentose cycle and insulin release in mouse pancreatic islets. The Biochemical journal, 126(3), 525–532. https://doi.org/10.1042/bj1260525
  3. Gunnars, K. (2018, October 4). Xylitol: Everything You Need to Know. Healthline. Retrieved [July 27, 2023], from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/xylitol-101
  4. Nayak, P. A., Nayak, U. A., & Khandelwal, V. (2014). The effect of xylitol on dental caries and oral flora. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dentistry, 6, 89–94. https://doi.org/10.2147/CCIDE.S55761
  5. Ahmad, N. and Yusoff, N. (2015) The Effects of Xylitol on Body Weight Loss Management and Lipid Profile on Diet-Induced Obesity Mice. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 3, 54-58. https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=60202
  6. Salli K, Lehtinen MJ, Tiihonen K, Ouwehand AC. Xylitol’s Health Benefits Beyond Dental Health: A Comprehensive Review. Nutrients. 2019; 11(8):1813. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11081813
  7. Islam, M. S., & Indrajit, M. (2012). Effects of xylitol on blood glucose, glucose tolerance, serum insulin and lipid profile in a type 2 diabetes model of rats. Annals of nutrition & metabolism61(1), 57–64. https://doi.org/10.1159/000338440
  8. Amo, K., Arai, H., Uebanso, T., Fukaya, M., Koganei, M., Sasaki, H., Yamamoto, H., Taketani, Y., & Takeda, E. (2011). Effects of xylitol on metabolic parameters and visceral fat accumulation. Journal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition, 49(1), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.3164/jcbn.10-111
  9. Islam M. S. (2011). Effects of xylitol as a sugar substitute on diabetes-related parameters in nondiabetic rats. Journal of medicinal food, 14(5), 505–511. https://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2010.0015 
  10. Mäkinen K. K. (2016). Gastrointestinal Disturbances Associated with the Consumption of Sugar Alcohols with Special Consideration of Xylitol: Scientific Review and Instructions for Dentists and Other Health-Care Professionals. International journal of dentistry, 2016, 5967907. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/5967907 
  11. Murphy, L. A., & Coleman, A. E. (2012). Xylitol toxicosis in dogs. The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice, 42(2), 307–vii. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cvsm.2011.12.003