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What is xylitol?

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Xylitol is a sweetener made from the polysaccharide xylan obtained from birch trees. It is as sweet as sucrose. It is used in chewing gums, candy, and throat lozenges. It does not promote tooth decay and is marketed in these products as such.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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