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Xylitol and Special Diets

Because xylitol causes only minute increases in human blood glucose and insulin levels, it is recommended as a sweetener for people with blood sugar issues. With only 2.4 calories per gram xylitol has a low glycemic index and is quickly becoming a preferred sweetner for those who don't want to sacrifice taste for their special diet.

Xylitol taste like sugar but is a sugar alcohol that is produced  naturally in the body. Extensive research indicates that xylitol is only partially absorbed by the body which accounts for only partial calories being utilized.

Xylitol is used as a sweetener which is roughly as sweet as sucrose but with 33% fewer calories. It has a minimal effect on blood sugar since the body does not require insulin to metabolize xylitol. 1 gram of xylitol has just 2.4 calories to sugar's 3.87 calories. Xylitol has the same amount of carbohydrates per serving as sugar.

Because xylitol has approximately the same sweetness as sugar it makes it quite easy to substitute when cooking.

In the US, xylitol is approved as a food additive in unlimited quantity for foods with special dietary purposes.