• What is Xylitol?

    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol – and no, that doesn’t mean there’s alcohol in it. It’s also known as a polyol. Sugar alcohols contain fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates than other sweeteners. Replacing sugar with xylitol can be helpful if you’re trying to lose weight or even to help prevent weight gain.

  • What does xylitol taste like?

    Xylitol is a white crystalline granule that looks and tastes like sugar. The good news is that it doesn’t have the negative side effects associated with sugar. Xylitol is low-calorie, low-carb, diabetic safe and we think it’s guilt free!

  • What is the nutritional content of xylitol?

    Xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate. In comparison, sugar has 3.75 calories per gram.

  • Where does your xylitol come from?

    Xyla brand xylitol is extracted from North American grown hardwood trees, and it’s delicious. We believe the practices employed in the harvesting and processing of our xylitol are ecologically sustainable. Xylitol is also naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables. Did you know the human body makes about 15 grams of xylitol per day?

  • Does Xylitol Canada make xylitol from birch trees?

    Currently, we use birch trees, along with other hardwoods such as maple and poplar, all grown and processed here in North America for all of our xylitol and xylitol products.

  • Why are we just hearing about 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 food. Researchers also discovered xylitol’s insulin-independent nature (it metabolizes in the body without using insulin). Xylitol is the sweetener of choice in European countries and we’re just catching up in North America. Today, about 80% of chewing gum sold in Asian countries contains xylitol.

  • How is xylitol made?

    The xylan molecule is extracted from hardwood trees through an all-natural process utilizing steam and ion exchange. Then, it’s crystallized and voila! – Xyla all-natural xylitol is ready for your coffee, tea, cereal, and all those delicious baked goods you wish you could eat but have been avoiding because of high calories.

  • How do your products compare to your competitors?

    Xylitol Canada chooses to use 100% pure crystalline granules with no added ingredients. We’ve surveyed other products and find that some companies add what we consider to be unnecessary ingredients. Check the ingredient label and you might find natural flavors (what are they exactly?), sugar, or silica dioxide (which is a flowing agent). We feel these added ingredients dilute the purity of xylitol products.  And of course, our xylitol is derived from 100% North American hardwood, never corn.

  • How do I use Xyla all natural sweeteners?

    Xyla brand xylitol can be used one-to-one in any recipe requiring sugar. It is ideal for sweetening coffee, tea, cereal or using in homemade, salad dressing, sauces, and dips and any other recipe calling for sugar.

  • How do I bake with xylitol?

    Xyla brand xylitol can be used one to one in any recipe requiring sugar. Sugar alcohols do not react with yeast so they won’t help bread rise.

    Xylitol does not caramelize when baking so finished baked goods may seem dryer. An easy solution is to add more liquid, lecithin, butter, or even xanthan gum to the recipe to retain moisture. Xanthan gum will keep sugar alcohols from crystallizing so we suggest sifting xanthan gum with xylitol prior to adding liquid ingredients. Solid chocolates and some recipes that are exposed to air for long periods such as jams or jellies will also show signs of re-crystallizing.

    If a recipe calls for powdered sugar (i.e., frosting), place dry xylitol in a blender or food processor and pulse until it’s a fine powder. You can also add corn starch, tapioca powder, arrowroot or a touch of guar gum to powdered xylitol and blend it all together. Use two parts by weight of powder to one part of shortening or butter for frosting.

    To substitute for one cup of brown sugar, use ¼ cup molasses and ¾ xylitol.

  • Are Xyla all-natural sweeteners allergen-free?

    Yes! Xylitol is non-allergenic; the likelihood of an adverse reaction is less than one in a million. As well, the process of extracting xylitol from its source eliminates the possibility of allergic reactions from plant materials. Think of distilled water: whether it begins with water from the ocean, lake, or river, once the water is distilled the finished product is pure water. Its origin has no bearing on the end product. It’s the same with xylitol: once xylan is extracted from its source – just like distilled water – it has no connection to its original source. In addition, the body produces up to 15 grams of xylitol per day, which means we have a natural tolerance to xylitol.

  • How does xylitol affect diabetics?

    Xylitol is known to be diabetic safe and is approved by the American Diabetes Association. It is a natural insulin stabilizer; therefore, it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar and actually help reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Xylitol is seven on the glycemic index; sugar is 68. Please visit www.diabetes.org for more information on diabetes.

  • What is the glycemic index and why is it important?

    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 carbohydrate breaks down thus causing a spike in blood sugar. For more information, please visit www.glycemicindex.com

  • Why does my dentist suggest I use products sweetened with xylitol?

    Studies confirm that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth which is why we use it in our Xyla brand gums, mints, and candies. Classified as a sugar alcohol, it differs from sugar because most sugar alcohols are unable to metabolize oral bacteria and they also inhibit plaque formation. Xylitol doesn’t ferment so it can’t produce acid. Maintaining a neutral pH level in the mouth is necessary as an alkaline environment is inhospitable to destructive bacteria, especially streptococcus mutans. Research has proven that regular use of xylitol helps re-mineralize damaged tooth enamel and inhibits demineralization of healthy tooth enamel. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that “Xylitol is an effective preventive agent against dental caries.” Catherine Hayes, D.M.D., D.M.Sc at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine concluded that “Xylitol can significantly decrease the incidence of dental caries.” Xylitol is also great for dry mouth because it stimulates salivary flow which makes the pH of the mouth more alkaline.

  • How much xylitol can be consumed in a day?

    Research shows that 6-7 grams of xylitol per day provides maximum protection against tooth decay. So enjoy a piece of gum or two after snacks or meals.

  • Are there any side effects to using xylitol?

    Excessive use of xylitol can cause mild digestive discomfort. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that xylitol is non-toxic for humans.

  • Is xylitol safe for pets?

    No. Do not give xylitol to pets, because if they ingest xylitol they run the risk of going into hypoglycemic shock. Chocolate is a good example of a food that’s safe for you, but bad for your pets. Pet owners know not to give ‘people-food’ to pets for any reason as their bodies just can’t handle it. Xylitol Canada, Inc. is not qualified to give pet owners veterinary advice. If your pet accidentally ingests any xylitol, immediately call your veterinarian.

  • Tell me more about your Xyla products? Do you make them?

    Xyla is the name we use on all of our xylitol-sweetened mints, candy, and gums. Yes, we make them ourselves at our manufacturing plant in Colorado. Xyla products are an excellent way to incorporate the myriad health and dental benefits available from xylitol-sweetened products in a tasty, convenient way.