Xylitol is a natural sugarless sweetener that has 40% fewer calories than sugar and 75% fewer carbohydrates. Many users report that it is very hard to tell the difference between Xylitol and sugar, both by the way it looks and the way it tastes. There is no reported “after taste,” which is one of the big selling points of this natural sweetener.
Like most other sugar alternatives, Xylitol doesn’t caramelize when heated. You might want to add approximately 10% more Xylitol when baking or cooking because it is not quite as sweet as sugar. My suggestion is to start out by substituting cup for cup with the sugar in your recipe … taste and adjust.
Xylitol was discovered in Finland during WWII when there were worldwide sugar shortages and no domestic supply of sugar. Xylitol can be extracted from a variety of fruits, vegetables and even trees. In fact, North American manufactured Xylitol is made from a combination of birch, maple and other trees. It can also be manufactured from corn STALKS … not the corn kernels.
Xylitol is a god-send to diabetics because it has a very low glycemic index and it metabolizes in the body without using insulin. Compare Xylitol’s extremely low glycemic index of 7 to the glycemic index for sugar which is 100.
Xylitol is a dentist’s dream. It keeps cavities at bay and has even been proven to reverse the negative effects of sugar on dental health. In various studies in Finland (later confirmed in Canada and other countries) Xylitol was found to interfere with bacterial growth and reproduction — allowing the mouth to re-mineralize damaged teeth. Give your children a stick of Xylitol gum or a hard Xylitol candy to suck on before bed and they will have fewer cavities.
I specifically tried Xylo Sweet because it not only had thousands of happy customers, but loyal customers as well! AND it is a fabulous price. In my local drug stores or grocery stores the price for Xylitol is over $15 for one pound or less.
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Note: Xylitol substitutes cup for cup with sugar in most recipes. It does not caramelize during baking.
Here are some Fabulous Ketogenic Fat Bomb Recipes that use Xylitol for a touch of sweetness.