How is Xylitol absorbed into the body?

Dear Dr. Ellie,

Could you let me know how xylitol is absorbed in the system? 

Thanks, Samantha

Hi S,

Sorry to have taken so long to reply to your question.

Xylitol behaves like fiber and so when eaten only a very little is absorbed into the system.
Xylitol has a low glycemic index of 7.0 which means it keeps your blood sugar from spiking which is why xylitol was originally used intravenously to stabilize diabetics during surgery.

Our bodies make 15 grams of xylitol naturally each day and so xylitol is well recognized by our body systems.

Xylitol is approved by the FDA in any quantity but we recommend starting out with 5-10 grams a day ( about 2-3 teaspoons) and gradually increasing the amount you eat. It is safe even to eat a quarter of a pound a day.

Here is a link to body with someone else discussing the health side of xylitol

Please let me know if I can help with any other questions,
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26, Corporate Woods,
Rochester NY 14623

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