Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in the bark of birch trees, amongst other places. It is about the same sweetness as sucrose (table sugar), but with approximately two thirds of the calories – it is not a virtually calorie-free option, therefore, as are most other sweeteners.
It is a monosaccharide (single sugar) sugar alcohol, as are sorbitol and mannitol, which are often seen in ‘sugar-free’ s...
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