Xylitol as a Sweetener

Dear Dr. Ellie:

Quick question…

Can I make iced tea and lemonade using XYLITOL as the sweetener???

Xylitol can be used to sweeten drinks etc – but it will take a lot of xylitol to sweeten lemonade and the dental benefits from xylitol will mostly be lost in the mixture – because it is so acidic.

I feel it is better to use honey or pure natural cane sugar for sweetening drinks and then have xylitol either as a mint, gum or off a spoon after the drink – AS A TOOTH PROTECTIVE FOOD to END your snack and get rid of the acidity of the drink.

Ellie Phillips DDS

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