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People appear to suffer acid reflux symptoms when they eat sorbitol regularly.
This may make sense if sorbitol were to increase growth of acid-producing bacteria in the esophagus. …not proven just my hunch… (We know sorbitol can cause plaque bacteria to grow and multiply).
My experience is that people with acid reflux symptoms find great relief eating xylitol sometimes their symptoms go away altogether. I think it depends on the origin of the problem and if it is anatomical or some kind of infection that has symptoms of acid reflux.
People with acid reflux have dental damage from the stomach acids with decalcification and a high risk environment for the growth of acid-loving harmful plaque bacteria. Xylitol is definitely there to help especially last thing at night when these people often have an acidic attack.
Children with chronic ear infections usually have associated symptoms of acid reflux and dental damage associated with this. Xylitol has been shown to reduce ear infections in children, relieve the symptoms of acid reflux and help protect and repair teeth.
In my opinion, xylitol seems pretty useful for these conditions!
Ellie Phillips, DDS