Xylitol is a sweetener, which is a low-digestible carbohydrate that resists starches and includes fiber. Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables.
- White, crystalline powder, practically odourless.
- Taste: Relative sweetness equal to sucrose
Solubility: Very soluble in water, sparingly soluble in ethanol
Stability: Xylitol is stable to heat but is marginally hygroscopic.
Xylitol was originally used as a natural alternative to sugar with its 1:1 sweetness ratio.
Because it moisturizes and soothes, it is used to help with dry nasal and sinus passageways.
The most well-documented, researched use of xylitol is in oral health. Because of xylitol’s ability to inhibit bacteria’s adherence, it helps promote oral health and to initiate the remineralization process.