Dear Dr. Ellie,
What is the difference in the value of birch sugar xylitol verses corn-based xylitol? Will the corn based be efffective?
Scandinavian birch tree derived xylitol was the original source for this product. It is the most expensive source and obviously with growing demand people have been looking into the various ways of deriving this product from other sources. Xylitol is present in many different fruits and vegetable fibers (raspberries, mushrooms, plums etc) but it appears that mostly in such a small quantity that it would not be realistic as a general source. Xylitol can be derived from the fibers from corn husks and this has been a method of obtaining xylitol most used in Asia and especially China. There are two schools of thought: and it may be about snobbery – it may be Norwegian marketing ( I doubt that!) or it may be folk lore! I was always told me that birch derived was better. People worry about contamination and genetically modified corn being a problem with corn-derived xylitol. I believe that there are bad and cheap sources of xylitol that may be contaminated with sorbitol – since it would be quite easy to mix together. So I think that using a reliable source is probably the answer – no matter where it comes from. Zellies are manufactured only by reliable people who I trust to use the finest products and produce my product with honesty and integrity. The taste of xylitol varies with it source and quality – I feel that I can taste the difference between corn and birch ( but only just!) Both sources appear to work just as well and I think the final decision (like most things) is in the hands of the consumer and their trust in the manufacturer to deliver the best possible product (and Zellies will always do that!) Thanks for the question – I hope that I answered it. For more about xylitol off my own website you may like to check out this link:http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/xylitol.html always welcome questions and comments.