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More on Xylitol (Low Glycemic Sweetener)

Here's it's chemical structure:

And here's a very informative article:

Unfortunately, it doesn't taste anywhere near as good as honey. I missed the flavor of honey in my mate tea blends, and started using it again. My tooth pain has subsided after just a week of no sugar and increasing my frequency of using a fluoride mouth rinse.


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May. 5th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
A.K.A. "Birch Sugar."
There's some "pilot project" going on in our town where all the elementary school kids (my daughter included) had their teeth checked by a dentist and now they get two xylitol lozenges in the morning and after lunch.

Then they're going to check them again periodically over the next couple years.

I hadn't heard anything about xylitol until I was handed the page I needed to sign. Then I looked it up.

I switched to xylitol in my coffee and I chew xylitol gum after lunch every day.

I like it. It's much subtler than sugar.

They had me at "It was developed in Finland."
May. 6th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: A.K.A. "Birch Sugar."
Cool! I didn't know it's called birch sugar. I have read that it is present in berries. It IS sweet, so it works just fine as a sugar substitute....Where do you find the xylitol gum? What brand is it? I want to try it.
May. 6th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: A.K.A. "Birch Sugar."
It's just normal Trident Chewing Gum. I get the bubblegum flavor because I like to blow bubbles.

According to what I've read -- these days they don't get it from birch trees. I've read that these days its extracted from corncobs.

Birch sugar is what they call it in Finland.
May. 7th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
There is a brand called "Spry" that you can get at places where natural foods are sold. Gum brands vary in the amount of Xylitol that they contain. Spry has a lot.

There are several brands that have Xylitol. Just check the label.

My youngest has been ordered to chew twice a day, because she has some small spots on her teeth. It has been proven to stop tooth decay, but if they make the claim, it would have to be approved as a drug, which is too much of a pain.

Can I friend you? I have seen your stuff on b_vanamoinen's page. Yum! Sciencey!
May. 7th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate the comment. SPRY--I will look for it. Oh yes, you can friend me. Let me check you out, are you sciencey too?
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