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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Xylitol

One of the chief online doctors, and the one I turn to for info on all types of herbs and holistic approaches, is Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D. I recently heard Dr. Alan Woods talk about how good xylitol is, and how it does not raise insulin levels like sugar. Dr. Mercola also thinks xylitol is good. It is an antibacterial; it has this effect because bacteria cannot use it for fuel. Sugar is a six-carbon molecule, and xylitol is a 5-carbon molecule that bacteria cannot metabolize, therefore they perish. (The thought!) Here's what Dr. Mercola had to say recently about the complete safety of xylitol.

Safety of Xylitol

In 1986, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review all relevant data concerning xylitol and other polyols. The scientific conclusions of the FASEB report indicate that the use of xylitol in humans is safe. The report also affirms xylitol's acceptability as an approved food additive for use in foods for special dietary uses.

In 1996, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), a prestigious scientific advisory body to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, confirmed that adverse findings in animal studies conducted in the 1970s are "not relevant to the toxicological evaluation of these substances (e.g., xylitol) in humans."

JECFA has allocated an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of "not specified" for xylitol. ADI, expressed in terms of body weight, is the amount of food additive that can be taken daily in the diet over a lifetime without risk. An ADI of "not specified" is the safest category in which JECFA can place a food additive. The scientific Committee for Food of the European Union (EU) also determined xylitol "acceptable" for dietary uses.

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On the basis of this good news, I'll be using xylitol more frequently. If you liked this info, sign up for Dr. Mercola's newsletter at mercola.com.

Reference
Mercola, Joseph. Safety of Xylitol. (Accessed Aug. 20, 2008.)

2 comments:

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dan @ healthy & hungry said...

thanks a lot for this - putting together a post on xylitol at the moment. the only negatives i've found about it are:

1. it's toxic for dogs (!)
2. some food manufacturers are using tiny, tiny amounts in food just so they can print 'xylitol' on the ingredients list.

thought I'd add those in case they help any readers!

dan