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  1. Kristin

    Oh my gosh!!! why didn’t find you before? I made a horrid mistake purchasing a “all natural” Spry Xylitol mints are sugar-free and I should of known better. I had about 2 little mints and have the worst cramps and etc… for the past 24 hours.
    Ugh, I hate this stuff but I can’t have a lot of sugar.
    It’s good to know that I’m not the only one.

  2. Kirsty

    Thank you… not only was it down to earth reading, told me exactly what I wanted to know, (as I have had the same if not worse experience with Xylitol side effects (ewwwwe) but your blogs are humorous and lets your reader relate to you as a real person. By the time I got to the end of the article, without being bored and skipping bits, I knew I needed to stop taking Xylitol. My body was begging me to listen. BUT what really made me like your blog was the UPDATE 2 years on… Well said. I like your style, I have never written a comment on the internet before, not Amazon or Tripadvisor, but I just wanted to say Thanks for speaking up. Sorry you get bad comments too, but I may be 1 in a million, but I thank you. (My body thanks you)

  3. Jan G

    Thank you! The name told me it was not “natural” or not processed but I kept hearing that it’s not like artificial sweeteners. I purchased liquid stevia and it is awful, at least to me, and a co-worker told me to use xylitol. I was told it was all natural and had no after taste like the stevia does. I think I will stick to honey, maple syrup or juice to sweeten up my food. I am with you on the use of “natural” on products that use processed ingredients! Americans have been fed frankinfood for so long that we really don’t know natural is anymore.

  4. Anne

    Wish I had found your post earlier. Found a recipe that called for birch xylitol, which I will call BX even though BM would be more fitting. Bag at my local trusted health food store said natural, gluten free and gmo free. I was slightly concerned about the lack of organic certification, but rationalized that by imagining that these were very old birch trees planted before the organic craze thereby impossible to certify. The fact that it only had one ingredient sold me.
    Came straight home and whipped up a beautiful batch of lemon meringues. (They should re-name this recipe to devils in disguise!). Waited all night for them to finish drying. Woke up this morning and went directly to the oven where my daughter and her friend were just waiting for me to give them the ok to open that oven! We promptly ate them all. (There were only 3T of BX in the recipe) about an hour later the cramps set in. Since then, I haven’t been able to climb the stairs to see how it affected the girls. My stomach is cramping, other parts are burning and my toilet is now soaking in Lysol gel. I looked up BX side effects because it’s the only new thing I’ve eaten. And NOW I find your great post. Thanks for the info. I think I’ll stick to dates, local honey and grade b maple syrup. My first thought was to throw the stuff away, but I’m thinking I may keep it around for some much needed paybacks. :). Okay, probably won’t, but it would be funny!

  5. Dee

    Being half Greek, I am lactose intolerant but it was quite manageable – I could drink Lactaid milk and eat small amounts of cheese as long as I took the lactase enzyme. Then four days ago, I drank two big glasses of lemonade made with zylitol, thinking it was “natural.” I immediately got sick and had severe symptoms just like those of my lactose intolerance but far worse and much longer lasting. I researched it and found medical articles stating that people who are lactose intolerant are more likely to be zylitol intolerant! Now, even a tiny bit of Lactaid milk makes me ill. I am so mad. There should be warning on it for lactose intolerant people. I miss my morning latte!

    • Suze

      Like any thing moderation moderation. And introduce it to your body slowly. I have improved my oral health. Thank you xylotol! Sorry if this contradicts crunchy betty.

  6. Martin

    I really enjoyed your initial post about xylitol. I found it reasonable and well intentioned and informative. I was sorry to see your follow up post of 2 years was simply a dismissive retort to all the likely ignorant responses you received. I was hoping it would be more info on what you had learned in that time about xylitol. I for one would be quite interested to read what else you had discovered about it. Thanks anyway for your initial write up.

  7. Kari Wood

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU!! For your blog and for your response to any haters out there, assertive, strong and no apologies!!

  8. Karen

    I can’t have any amount of this either! Thanks for your blog article on it. How it is made sounds scary to me. I agree the word natural is used far too often on things that are not natural.

  9. Jon Walters

    Thanks for the info. I’ll be looking for xylitol in products and avoiding it whenever possible!

  10. troi

    So I read your article. Xylitol, like any other product created by man should be used in moderation. I have eaten Ice Chips (my first encounter with Xylitol) and have had no problems. Then again I do not sit and eat the whole container at once. One container will take me about 3 days to munch on. It works great for those sweet tooth moments.

    I gave up sugar about a year ago. It wasn’t all at once. I started with soda and juices or sugar in my coffee (which I so missed), then cakes and cookies, and finally candies. I go for the sugar free candies but those are loaded with calories from other ingredients to make the candy sweet. When I need sweet for foods or drinks I use Agave syrup. Again something that is considered natural, but yet is processed by man out of plant. I use it in moderation.

  11. MousieMe

    Thanks, CB. Great post. Enjoyable and informative!

    You hit the nail on the head with your comment, “…even ingesting too much water can kill you.”

    The poison is in the dose.

    While Xylitol is a natural occuring substance, that doesn’t mean it is natural for us to consume it in large quantities, nor does it quarantee that the method of production is safe either.
    I suppose we will find out in the long run — since it is out there and in wide use — when people either do well on it or get sick.

    For my part, I would rather not be used as a lab rat in long term studies.
    Now, where is my locally-produced honey? I wonder if it got put back behind… A-ha! Found it!


  12. SUCH a good article. Thankyou

  13. KMiller

    Well I feel like an idiot. I just want to say thank you for the informative blog and for the comments it led to thereafter. (The also informative ones based off personal experiences.) I recently found out about “natural” xylitol and it’s benefits and thought well why not try the switch. I’ve been slowly training my family to eat much healthier more natural foods. So we started out by making some cookies and such. After 2 weeks of severe nausea, cramps and numerous daily trips to the potty, a trip to the doctor, antibiotics and tons of money spent on other medications, it is not until this very moment that I realized that the xylitol is what made me so ill. I admit that although I did do some research on it, I apparently did not do enough. It wasn’t until today I was told it was made of chemicals that I even second guessed it and my search led to this article. So I say once again, THANK YOU! I am out of xylitol and this just saved me from the pain of having to go through this all over again when I ordered more. Oh my gosh and I almost ordered a 10lb bag to cook with!!! Eeek!

  14. Michelle

    Thanks! Good to know! I have a corn allergy and couldn’t figure out why I was becoming more inflamed while using many products that were trying to avoid using basic sugar by adding this as a healthy alternative. I also found interesting information regarding Stevia and Truvia while researching study results in journals, etc… to include a very lengthy report from the WHO on Truvia. It seems it’s a GMO product designed to yeild more of the usable portion which I’m guessing is the leaf. Also, it seems Stevia is in the Ragweed family… guess those w/ ragweed allergies might want to be careful to monitor their use & how much more sensitive they are in Ragweed peak season. — Peace!

  15. Suze

    I wish for once someone comenting on a products aren’t selling stuff. It kinds washes out the statements.

  16. Tomas piece

    I too was suspicious of this sweetner when I heard about it from tue Crossfitians. I don’t trust it in the slightest so I went to track down the developers and behold. You see DuPont and there’s your first clue. This anint no good ship Loli pop.
    I’m sure there’s no Invested interest in solving the question,,where are all the bees,?and why the sudden deaths.
    Secondary gain looks like it’s in motion, all of a sudden we have all these fake sweetners on the market parralel to a bee gencide.
    The only pro comments I see inline are from those with invested interest in the sale of their toxin.
    Selling out their fellow man for a dollar is the new corporate Mantra.
    Thanks for a great read and never back down to the crazy clown!

  17. Well after years of debilitating Candida I researched “so I thought” about xylitol.Some of the info even said that it does not allow yeast to grow so eat a bit each day. Well, I was excited thinking i could have sweete things agin and get well.I picked our rassberies for 2 hours just thinking how great this pie is going to taste….that is until I ate my first piece just before I went to bed.It was all most instantly that I got cramps and not for a moment did I think it was the pie.I ended up with such severe wind and diarhea that I couldnt even make it to the rest room on time which was 12 feet from our bedroom!!! Needless to say Im going on my 3rd day sick dull headaches and still now loose stool but it is starting to go away.thank God! And they are recomending this to diabetics?$#%$#$ This would kill my 12 year old nephew!!! This stuff is simply TOXIC! THNAKYOU FOR THIS SITE!

  18. Bee

    THANK you for writing about Xylitol. YEARS ago (I’m 53) I bought some sugar-free ice cream. Just to compare it with regular ice cream. Plus I’d save calories, right?!

    After having some, my stomach felt strange, and I started getting cramps, then had to rush to the bathroom. I had pretty severe diarrhea. Not exactly a pleasant experience, and my body clearly indicated to me NOT to eat that crap again!

    Kids, and young people, honor your body’s reaction to what you ingest. Your body has its own wisdom. The food and chemical companies know how much people like shiny new things, bright colors, ‘saving calories’ and such.

    I’ve also noticed over the years, a HUGE increase in new strange colors and odors in all kinds of products. For example Wrigley gum sticks used to be sort of bland grey. Now, they’re a strange electric yellow color. Or shampoos – my God they’re 20x stronger-smelling than I ever remember.

    Use your common sense! Thanks for letting me spout.

  19. What a sensational yet informative blog. I really enjoyed reading this article. A friend of mine gave my disable and obese brother a bag of the artificial sweetener to use in place of sugar. I always like to research as to what I would be ingesting so I was grateful for your research. Thank you Randy

  20. stuffedbear

    Now I am afraid to eat these lemon ice chips.

    Thanks for the info.

  21. Mom in VA

    Thanks for this, even two years later. I was at the health food store today trying to pick out some supplements for my 9 yr. old and use my old eyes to read all the tiny ingredients on the labels. Bumped in to one that looked good, but the xylitol in the list raised a ? in the back of my head and I decided to postpone a decision til I came home and researched. Thanks for helping me dodge this chemical bullet. I’ll keep looking.

    Appreciate it.

  22. lorilee

    Greetings from Florida! Just read your blog regarding xylitol. I appreciate your sharing your opinions, as always, whether it goes with the majority or not. Your insights have been invaluable when researching something I want to know more about. I am severely behind the curve here having just beginning this journey! Thanks for all your advice and recipes etc! Keep up the charge for health!

  23. TUMO

    This is helpful,I have been using Xylitol and because I have been having some complications; I decided to find out about it, and this has been very informative. cheers

  24. Confused Confucius

    Boston cream pie, why on earth did you post your personal medical information here?
    As for the blog post, I would also just like to point out that sugar is also “all natural” and bad for us in large quantities. Good article. Gives us plenty to think about in order to make more informed decisions. That’s important.

  25. Confused Confucius

    Boston cream pie, why on earth did you post your personal medical information here?
    As for the blog post, I would also just like to point out that sugar is also “all natural” and bad for us in large quantities. Good article. Gives us plenty to think about in order to make more informed decisions. That’s important. Also, historically, I recall reading that birch tree twigs were commonly chewed on in societies that had “good teeth”. Perhaps in its true, unprocessed and natural form it is meant for us to chew on for our oral health, but maybe not so much for processing to a form used for baking etc. Just a thought.


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