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Xylitol - a healthy sugar substitute?

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Here's what dentists say...

Is it possible? A sugar substitute that has health benefits?

Xylitol has been used since the 1800s, though it wasn't commercially produced until the 1960s. Xylitol is found in many fruits and vegetables, and it's produced by the human body during metabolism of starch.

Xylitol was originally produced commercially from birch trees, though many xylitol products now come from corn husks (always verify that the corn source is non-GMO!).

Benefits of xylitol may include:

- Reduction of dental cavities
- Increase in overall tooth and gum health
- Decrease in ear infections in young children (probably due to anti-microbial properties)
- Improved bone health
- Can be used like sugar in cooking