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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!

    • Graham Ansell

      Sorry you had bad symptoms with Xylitol, it’s not toxic for everyone, how ever when I first started taking it i did get cramps and gas etc, but that’s because I took too much too soon, 1 tsp a day at first no I can eat lots and not have any issues. Taking xylitol cleared up my long battle with eczema which I was told was fungal related. Now I don’t notice any feeling when taking it, it just passes through, it’s just a sweetner for me.

      hope you’re well

  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. Angela

    I greatly appreciate the research you did. During the last few months I have been experiencing all sorts of digestive problems. I was starting to get really worried. Problem is I don’t have health insurance and hoped the problem would sort itself out if I just started eating better and drinking more water. I finally decided to go through all the foods I eat on a regular basis and look into how they are made/processed. When finally I got to Xylitol an “ah ha” moment occurred. I don’t recall having these stomach issues until I switched to Xylitol. I thought I was crazy since this is purported to be such a natural product. I’m going to stop using the sugar for a few weeks and see what happens. Also I wanted to note that I usually get bad cramps with my monthly. Since I started using Xylitol my cramps have been much worse. Coincidence ?? maybe, we’ll see. Thank you for this article!!! You may have really helped me ward off some serious future health issues.

  23. Betresse

    Thank you for this article. I had one teaspoon in my morning coffee and had diarrhea all morning. So, what is considered large amounts? That is the question for labelers of this product. My daughter put a few grains in a homemade toothpaste for my grandson and he had a few diapers of loose stools afterwards. I am glad she didn’t give him anymore than that. Diarrhea can be a serious health threat to many people. In my opinion this product needs a to be reevaluated by the FDA.

  24. Lyme Lorna

    Re your note – are you kidding me? Stop blogging because people are calling you names? The reason ppl are writing “dripping with sarcasm” is that you have touched a nerve… they can’t mount a reasonable argument so they resort to name calling. They win if you stop blogging – keep up the good work!! I’m part of a lyme disease support group – this sweetener is discussed today, hence the reason I started googling xylitol. Your blog will definitely be shared, people with compromised immune systems need to have all the info before they try something new.

  25. Lisa

    So glad I found this and a couple of other articles about Xylitol. I should have known there was something “fishy” about it when my hubby broke out in a nasty rash after adding it to his coffee every day – as soon as he stopped the Xylitol, the rash disappeared. But the chemical processing had me worried. It can’t be good for tummies, so no wonder it causes tummy upsets! And to me, anything that does that DOES NOT BELONG IN OUR BODIES. I have nothing but lovely words dripping with admiration because you’re awesome. I know you won’t respond, but please just know, that more than 2 years on, your posts are still have a positive effect in the world. Crunch-on!! xxx

  26. mari

    I have an issue with Xylitol…and my gums. It feels extremely sweet, hurts and it irritates too. Seeking an alternative I started purchasing products from Whole Foods market, and another local health food store. At least 20 different products from oral rinses to toothpastes that contain Xylitol have proven irritating. So what I did? Went back to “Colgate Sensitive”, I know it’s not a good choice, but in the meantime I’m researching for a product that does not contain Xylitol, and I am losing hope, since I don’t find any. Has anyone been able to find a completely ******SUGARLESS****** toothpaste? I would really appreciate the effort to inform me.

    • Jody

      Hi Mari,

      Make your own tooth paste! Here is a very simple and effective recipe for keeping your teeth, gums, tongue, and inside of your mouth fresh and HEALTHY

      1/2 Cup of baking soda
      15-20 drops of PURE UNADULTERATED ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL. You can use a combination of oils or only one. I usually use a combination of several essential oils such as eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, geranium, tea tree, basil,spruce, sweet orange….just to name a few. You can order wonderful essential oils that can be trusted for their purity from places like Mountain Rose Herbs, Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, Simplers Botanicals or Starwest Botanicals.

      Be sure to do a bit of research on the essential oils you choose to use if you do not already know about them. Essential oils are very powerful and need to be used with some knowledge and respect.

      Put the baking soda and the essential oil into a container that has a lid and shake vigorously to combine.

      Pour a little of the mixture into the palm of your clean hand or onto a saucer and with a wet toothbrush gather the mixture onto the bristles and brush away. You will find that your mouth feels and is cleaner, fresher and your teeth will become whiter over time. This mixture helps to prevent gum issues and tooth decay and also helps to control bacteria that causes sore throats and sinus condition.

      My family uses this simple and naturally safe recipe and enjoys great dental health. Be sure to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth, gums and inside your mouth. If you swallow the water it will not harm you nor are there any harmful chemicals or sweetners to be wary of.

      Hope this helps!

  27. J

    Anecdotally, myself and at least three friends have used Xylitol (birch-based only) on the recommendation of a fairly knowledgeable and successful trainer whom I would consider an “expert”. None of us report problems of the kind mentioned. That being said, I am not particularly “tender-tummied” and have ingested boatloads of artificial and processed food (even horse wormer on occasion) without even a hint of GI distress. But when in comes to natural vs. not, it’s hard to make a case that squeezing juice from sugar cane and using it for sweetener is PROBABLY safer than what can be whipped up in the organic chemistry lab at the local community college. But this too is debatable when one considers farming practice and controls as well as the negative affects overconsumption of simple sugars can have on the human body (lest you think I’m some kind of paleo freak, chocolate is the base of my food pyramid — but I know that daily gobbling up tons of even naturally sweetened organic chocolate is not good for you) So while “experts” can have wildly differing opinions, we are all left to make our own decisions about what we will or will not ingest (come on, people! she even says that in her disclaimer!). However, I challenge anyone to debate this:
    1) Natural does NOT mean good for you. Rattlesnake venom is natural AND unprocessed, but in case you are unaware it is POISONOUS and you should not eat it. Ricin is made from beans with debatably less processing than xylitol. Guess what? It is poison too! And just because it occurs “naturally” in the human body doesn’t mean it’s good for you either. The 6 molar acid in your stomach is not something you should pour in your latte in the morning. IT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOU!
    2) “Natural” is largely semantics and opinion. How much transformation has to take place before we stop calling it natural? Some of our raw diet friends are laughing at us right now. For them, COOKING is too much processing and therefore cooked food is no longer “natural”.
    3) Be decent. If you would not say it to someone’s face, why leave it in a comment on their blog? I have neither the time nor inclination to defend someone whose blog I have barely read, but even if she called my mom a whore I have better things to do with my life than concern myself with her opinion, let alone get into a childish exchange of name-calling. If you feel that strongly, start your own blog and call it “people who don’t like Xylitol suck” and you will have accomplished your goal.

  28. Loni

    Crunchy Betty,
    Thanks for the info and especially sharing your sources of info! I have never had any side effects to xylitol though used only 1 teaspoon at a time….so I was shocked to see your research and I thought I had found such a good substitute, a product from birch trees like maple syrup….that I could even smear on my teeth if I couldn’t brush em! I truly appreciate this heads up and some future sources to access! And now to the kitchen to rid myself of the varmin!

  29. DeeDee

    Used xylitol for years without any problems whatsoever. It’s a great product if it’s tolerated. I use it in baking, gum, candy, and we love it. Sorry you could not tolerate it.

  30. JenniferS

    Bottom line people: if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. Reading this reassured me of my own thoughts on xylitol without knowing all the facts. Sugar is not evil. It’s natural, absorbed by the body, makes you happy…just consume in moderation. I suppose it’s the same with xylitol-if you like processed, chemically modified junk in your body. Your choice.

    Thanks again for writing this.

  31. Toilet Time

    Currently on the toilet. Bored. Last thing I ate was some xylitol spray candy. Instant run to toilet -_-

  32. Wally

    I thank you for your due diligence. I only wish I had read your blog sooner. My dentist recommended the product so naturally I took his word for it and doubled over does not quite do it justice. Seriously will never touch the stuff again, however, I thought I had food poisoning until I read your blog. You are doing great work, keep it up. Thanks again.

  33. Wanda Ball

    I’m glad I found your page when I goggle xylitol. Thank you for your research I now know I won’t use this product. I have used stevia a few times and haven’t liked how I felt afterwards so I thought I’d look up exactly waht xylitol was. If it’s been processed with chemical in my books it is not natural.

  34. THANK YOU for telling it like it is. Everything in moderation? I don’t think so. You can drink your nickel-plated lighter fluid in moderation if it floats yer boat, but that ain’t natural, and Du Pont’s expertise is in killing, and that’s not what I want on my dinner table. My partner and I both had bad feelings about xylitol, but being an ex-sugar addict, I let my wishful thinking propel me into ignoring them. STOOOPID. That’s why I’m battling liver disease and precancer now. Time to LISTEN to our bodies, I’m thinkin’. THANK YOU again for having the guts to speak up. Sorry you’ve taken crap for it, but the truth-tellers always do. I am a new subscriber, and I think people are ready to wake up and LISTEN to this, and to their bodies, and stop arguing now. Maybe. Maybe a few more need to be diagnosed with diseases due to toxicity before they put down their egos and put down the convenient poisons. Love to you for hanging your butt out there either way. MWAH!

  35. Salala

    I just started on Xylitol gums and sweets recently and kept having runs and I mean EXPLOSIVE runs… I suspect it’s the Xylitol.
    No matter what the makers/advertisers or other users say. It is a fact that we had diarhoea after we ate it (just alittle). Period.

  36. This is an interesting post! Fortunately I don’t have any issues with digestion in small amounts, but there’s good info in here. Thanks.

  37. dan

    Lactose is 100% natural, is not processed with man-made chemicals, and can cause severe GI problems for non-tolerant Asians.

    Tofu is 100% un-natural, is processed with man-made chemicals, and (assuming the traditional, not high-genistein Monsanto, et al. varieties) causes almost no problems to anyone. Except soy can kill some people.

    Now enough about Xylitol. If you can’t handle it, don’t eat it. That’s all.

  38. Debby

    Oh my goodness. I’m so glad I found this blog!! I bought xylitol today, and was assured it was all natural and not GMO. So, it must be ok right? Wrong!!! I had added some to my unsweetened cranberry juice. Within a few hours I also was running to the bathroom. Worse, I didn’t make it a few times either!! There wasn’t much warning either!!! i couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden. Could it be the xylitol? Only after a few hours of having it???? I searched for “side effects” and didn’t come up with much.. Until I searched xylitol and diarrhoea. Sometimes you have to ask the right question. Well, I guess I’ll be throwing out my bag of xylitol! Only a few teaspoons were added!! I’m afraid to leave the house for the next 24 hours or so. I hope this doesn’t last long!!! Thank you so much for posting this. Don’t let a few people ruin your blog!!!! They’re not worth it!! Look how many have thanked you!!!!!! I see that some people it doesn’t bother them using this substance. Good for them. Makes me wonder why they came here in the first place. It doesn’t give people a right to be rude. Again, I must thank you for taking the time to write your blog. I was beginning to think something was seriously wrong!! As I think it “ripped apart my insides!”

  39. tanyajazmin

    I love all of your comments,I could not believe why anybody would want to say anything negative, probably ignorance of not knowing. I am researching natural sugars, from day one I never trusted the name Xylotil, it sounds synthetic, and stopped having chewing gum for that reason. I class this as synthetic, natural is the sweetness in fruit, or honey or stevia leaf (not the produced stuff, it is not pure, about 5% on the labels?)I love making my own pure natural products, currently in the process of having my body oils safety tested. I would be very interested to see views on what consumers see as “natural’, the market is bombarded with information and clever marketing tactics, ie sugar free…..which means something else is added to replace it…i avoid all sweetners, unless it is naturally occuring inside the fruit, or in unheated honey, i am not interested in what the market targets as ‘sugar free’, or sweetners… your posts, absolutely brilliant

  40. Science Wiz

    Xylitol is not natural. It is not generally good for you, if small amounts make you ill. I have worked for years as an organic chemist and have repeatedly found this chemical to be miscategorized as safe and natural. It is neither. Thanks for spreading the word!!

  41. donna

    What does this stuff taste like? Does it leave a yucky ‘diet sweetner’ aftertaste? I am thinkinf this may be the yucky sweetbreads used in kids medicines that make my grandkids gag? Now I realize that may be the least of our problems with this stuff!!

  42. tammy

    Well I just love your witty writing! I too just purchased this in a natural food store, for my husband who is recently diagnosed borderline diabetic. I use a minimum amount of Organic Coconut Sugar, but wanted him off even that. So hence I did this purchase, tried a bit last night….well visiting the ladies room today I was thinking, WTH did i eat last night? Guess what I tried, YUP , so now what do I do with it? Poison our ground water? Kill the animals in the forest as I ferret (pun intended) it away in the woods, toss in the trash to be put into the dump poisoning the land forever! Well I may just have to bring it back to that “Natural Food Store” and let them take care of it. Love this article. Thanks I am a fan and will read more!

  43. peggy metcalfe

    I had a visit with my dentist hygienist earlier this week. She handed me a photocopied article (from the local herb shop on the town square). The hygienist advised me that the article was about the benefits of Xylitol concerning oral care. I read the article but was taken aback by statements in the article i.e. “Xylitol is a Dream Come True” and especially the suggestion that “you can also safely use Xylitol sprays and gels for infants to protect their newly erupting baby teeth”.
    I am absolutely not a conspiracy freak, but I swear I could hear Big Brother behind me as I read the afore mentioned article and silently urging me to “eat Xylitol, brush with Xylitol, drink Xylitol, use Xylitol mouth spray after every meal”.

  44. adrian

    well said! I take what you said as informative. I like the xylitol…but I have questions so I’m glad I read your post. if others want to leave negative comments…blah.

  45. Fully appreciate your efforts and initiatives to write about such things.

    Governments and government policies are dictated by monies, just because a label fits regulatory criteria does not make harmless.

    Natural is a word allowed for post-processing products which were made using some naturally occurring material. Does not mean end product is natural just because its chemistry replicates chemistry if naturally found material. Biology is still relevant.

    As commented by some about moderation-every living entity has its own individual tolerance and capacity to break down toxins and flush them out. Just because sone are seemingly unaffected immediately by something does not certify it as harmless.

    Human psyche is easily impressed by words, sounds and visuals. Also, it is easily impressed upon by authority. Thats the premise of advertising and expert-speak used for promotion/propaganda.

    Going truly natural in the things we use daily for personal care is not easy now-lifestyles spoilt are difficult to mend. But if the earth and the lives on it are to continue existing, then at some point the chemical pursuit of biology will have to stop.

    There can be no reason to encourage debate on synthetic products. Factually, naturally produced and natural replicated are two different things.

    My compliments to the website and author for creating much-needed awareness.

  46. Tracy

    Have you heard of the natural sweetener Lakanto? I wonder if it is just like xylitol.

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    Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?

  48. 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!

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 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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  3. […] it may be pulled from a natural source, when highly concentrated and eaten in larger amounts, can we really call it a natural substance? One thing about xylitol is that it is not converted into harmful acids in the mouth that cause […]

  4. […] toothpaste recipes prefer xylitol, but I still haven’t decided if it’s harmless or just plain creepy.) […]

  5. […] it may be pulled from a natural source, when highly concentrated and eaten in larger amounts, can we really call it a natural substance? One thing about xylitol is that it is not converted into harmful acids in the mouth that cause […]

  6. […] a kukoricáéban is. Nem véletlen, hogy a boltokban kapható xilitol általában kukoricából készül. Nagyipari előállítása többlépcsős, bonyolult kémiai […]

  7. […] Xylitol: Should We Stop Calling It Natural? | Crunchy Betty – So, xylitol is known to cause stomach problems and diarrhea if used in large amounts. There are plenty of studies that confirm this, but it’s always worded in ways that make it seem like you’d have to eat your weight in xylitol to be affected. […]

  8. […] Xylitol: Should We Stop Calling It Natural? | Crunchy Betty – How natural is xylitol, exactly? How safe? I talk to Shane Ellison, The People’s Chemist, to try to get some answers. […]

  9. […] Xylitol: Should We Stop Calling It Natural? | Crunchy Betty – So, xylitol is known to cause stomach problems and diarrhea if used in large amounts. There are plenty of studies that confirm this, but it’s always worded in ways that make it seem like you’d have to eat your weight in xylitol to be affected. […]

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