Xylitol is a tooth-friendly, white, crystalline sweetener that sweetens slightly less than regular sugar and is metabolized very slowly in the body. It contains 40% less energy than regular sugar, and also affects blood sugar and insulin less than regular sugar. It is prepared by hydrogenation (addition of hydrogen) to xylose (wood sugar) from corn cobs or birch wood, It has E-number 967.
Xylitol occurs naturally in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, just as it is produced in the human body as part of the normal metabolism. It is widely used as a substitute for regular sugar.
Pharma Nord uses xylitol to improve the taste without compromising dental health.