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Emerald Forest Xylitol is made in the USA from birch trees, not in China from by-products of corn ethanol processing .

I have tried Xylitol (zy-li-tall) a couple of times in my search for alternates for sweeteners. (An article on Stevia – my favorite – will be later this week)  I had read that Xylitol was derived from hardwoods, (started in Finland during the war as a sweetener substitute when cane sugar was hard to come by.) I assumed (always a dangerous thing to do) that all Xylitol was the same, except maybe for organic vs non-organic.

So I went out and I bought the product in packets from NOW! thinking, they’re a good brand, right? Then I found out that their Xylitol is made from the by-products of ethanol (corn) processing and in China, no less. Who knows what is in that? I even wrote them a note about it. They said something along the lines that there weren’t any hardwood sources in the US. Wrong.

Emerald Forest Xylitol is made in the USA from US-Grown Birch trees. Contains no artificial coloring, flavoring, or animal products.
Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free. 100% vegetarian!

What is Xylitol?
Emerald Forest Xylitol GroupXylitol is an all natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar. Xylitol is naturally occuring in many fruits and vegetables. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. It’s good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate.

Xylitol is Emerald Forest Xylitol Sweetener 1lb Pouch a natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar and actually helps reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings. There is a growing consensus among anti-aging resear ch that maintaining low insulin levels is one of the keys to a successful anti-aging program.

Xylitol has no known toxic levels, though excessive use might cause a mild laxative effect which resolves as the body’s enzymatic activity adjusts. A large percentage passes through the body before the carbo hydrates are absorbed, thereby making it safe for diabetics or anyone pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

Xylitol was approved by the FDA in 1963 as a food additive and diabetics have been using it for years. Xylitol has a glycemic index of seven while sugar is 68. Emerald Forest xylitol is made from U.S.-grown hardwood trees which yields is 99.5% pure xylitol crystals. The process of extracting xylitol from its source eliminates the possibility of allergic reactions from plant materials.

Xylitol is approved for use by:

• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
• The World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives
• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• The European Union’s Scientific Committee for Food
• The California Dental Association
• Calorie Control Council and many others

Many Journals cite the positive benefits of Xylitol,

• The Journal of the American Dental Association
• The International Dental Journal
• Journal of Dental Research and many others

History of Xylitol
During World War II, Finland was suffering from a sugar shortage and with no domestic supply of sugar, they searched for, and rediscovered, an alternative – xylitol. It was only when xylitol was stabilized that it became a viable sweetener in foods. Researchers also discovered xylitol’s insulin–independent nature (it metabolizes in the body without using insulin).

Glycemic Index
The glycemic index is a numerical index that ranks carbohydrates on their rate of glycemic response or how quickly they convert to glucose in the body. The higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrates break down thus causing a spike in blood sugar. (www.glycemicindex.com)

Glycemic Index of Sweeteners

1. • Erythritol 0
• Xylitol 7
• Agave Nectar 15
• Barley Malt Syrup 42
• Maple Syrup 54
• Backstrap Molasses 55
• Honey 62
• White Sugar 68
• High Fructose Corn Syrup 100
• Glucose 100