508 of 520 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2009
I wanted to share that my own experience with finding xylitol was nothing short of a miracle. I can enjoy food in moderation that I was denying myself. I say moderation, because xylitol can cause soft or even liquid stool if you overdo it. It's not safe for pets because they get severe hypoglycemia quickly which can kill them, especially puppies and kittens. What I do is mix this with stevia drops and I can then use that concentration for coffee and tea all day without ill effects. I feel I need to address some reviews that people have on xylitol, not necessarily from Now foods specifically. I am concerned about people buying a new product without checking what it is and then giving it bad reviews for effects written clearly on the bag. It would be different if the manufacturer was being deceptive but honestly, don't feed your kids something if you don't know what it is and then want it taken off the market. For some people this is a miracle food. Research any food you are going to put into your body or even bring into your home. It is not a manufacturers job or governments job to tell you what to eat. I'm not saying this to be mean, it's just that we've become way too passive about our own responsibility.
146 of 154 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2008
Great product, great company. High quality xylitol made from corn, not birch.
However, this stuff is very toxic to dogs. Don't let them have any of it, not even small quantities. If you want a sweetener like this but without such toxicity to dogs, get Erythritol. Same sort of thing -- a sugar alcohol, but not dangerous for animals. Also, it does not have the same digestive effects (gas, bloating, diarrhea) that Xylitol does. It is maybe a little less sweet than Xylitol, however.
This does not mean it is bad for people - for example, chocolate is fine for people but also toxic to dogs.
Note: When I do buy it, I use this company. I've ordered Xylitol and Erythritol from them and they were VERY high quality. When I tried it from EmeraldForest, I found some products had a horrible, strange smell and faint aftertaste. I called to return the items and was treated very badly by their customer service. EmeraldForest is getting some of their products made in China (not all - their xylitol apparently not), and I wondered why it has that horrible odor. Kinda scary. Also, their customer service is very bad. If you check their terms and conditions, you will see something sort of unusual for an online merchant: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone...". When I tried to return the odd smelling product to them citing their money back guarantee, they went around about it and then finally agreed, but said then they would never sell anything to me ever again (!). Wow.
I'm sticking with NOW Foods at this point.
176 of 187 people found the following review helpful
Having suffered from Chronic Candida Albicans for over 10 years, I finally came to terms with the idea that I CANNOT have any type of sugars or sweeteners, not even natural sugars from fruits. Being a fruit lover who used to eat lots of fruits on a daily basis, I started looking for a safe way to have sweet stuff without feeding the microorganisms that have been for so long attacking my system. After a lengthy research of more than a year, I found out that though most sweeterners FEED bacteria and Candida Albicans, Xylitol DOES NOT. I started using Xylitol regularly and found out, to my surprise, that my worst Candida symptoms were GONE. The symptoms would recur every time I had fruits (darn!)or something made with refined sugar or other sweeteners like Splenda or Stevia, or even the Aspartame that is used on Diet Drinks. Whether I liked it or not, it became clear to me that I could not eat or drink anything sweet, that I could neither have any fruits and that I could not drink any diet sodas. I have intensely and extensively "tested" Xylitol for over a year and I can AFFIRM without a doubt that it is the ONLY sweetener I can use without getting my symptoms back.
I buy chocolates made with Xylitol on a regular basis and I use this brand of Xylitol to make chocolate bread and all kinds of cookies. I also make healthy chocolate ice cream with Xylitol, unsweetened cocoa powder and soy milk. If it were not for Xylitol, I would not be able to put anything sweet in my mouth. One of the most recognizable and annoying Candida Albicans symptoms was that I had to get up every one or two hours every night to urinate (!!). It was a nightmare, but it helped immensely when it came to "testing" what was good or bad for me. Conclusion: If I stay away from all types of sugars, natural fruits, fruit juices and sweeteners, and only use Xylitol-sweetened stuff, I feel much better in every respect and, very importantly, I can sleep 6 or more hours in a row without waking up to go to the bathroom.
61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2008
I can taste artificial sweeteners from across the street. Hate the stuff. In a restaurant I sent a Coke back three times because they kept bringing me Diet, assuring me it was the real thing. After the third time I suggested they check their hoses. Sure enough, they were switched. Hate the stuff. One sip and my mouth says, "Yuk!" for hours. This doesn't even get into the fact that aspertame isn't fit for human consumption.
Enter Xylitol. I bought a box of packets to use at the office where I drink coffee. I find I need two Xylitol packs to replace one sugar. No matter. It tastes fine. I detect no aftertaste. And it's actually good for my teeth and blood sugar level. This is something I can like!
My only complaint was the shipping packaging. The box of packets was stuffed into an envelope which, of course, arrived flattened. Packets were all over the inside. I reformed the box and reloaded it. No biggie, but putting a rectangular cardboard box in an envelope isn't the best idea.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
This Xylitol is derived from Non-GMO corn from China.If you haven't used xylitol before you won't really notice a big change in taste compared to regular sugar. It looks like sugar, taste like sugar and sweetens like sugar, This xylitol does not leave a funny after taste like most sugar substitutes and the granules are fine like regular sugar. I find that they dissolve fast especially in hot liquids. It comes in a zip lock type bag which is great. If you have never used xylitol before you may experience bloating/gas till your body gets used to it.
There are many health benefits to Xylitol here are a few ,"natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar and actually helps reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings,counteracts harmful intestine bacteria, such as Helicobacter pylori, aids in better dental health,lower calories and it has no known toxic levels to humans but it will harm dogs.
Serving Size: 1 Teaspoon (4 g)
Servings Per Container: 283
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0 g
Total Carbohydrate 4 g
Sugars 0 g
Xylitol 4 g
Sodium 0 mg
Protein 0 g
* Xylitol 7
* Agave Nectar 15
* Barley Malt Syrup 42
* Maple Syrup 54
* Backstrap Molasses 55
* Honey 62
* White Sugar 68
* High Fructose Corn Syrup 100
* Glucose 100
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Since I'm always looking for natural alternatives to regular processed sugar, this item caught my attention when I read it was an ingredient in "Xylichew" chewing gums.
Not only does Xylitol not promote tooth decay, it has natural ingredients to decrease plaque formation and adhesion. Xylitol is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits including plums, strawberries and raspberries. Our bodies actual produce about 11g of Xylitol a day.
It is commercially manufactured from "xylan hemicellulose" sources such as Birch trees in Finland. This "NOW" Xylitol is actually made from a corn source.
Xylitol actually has been proven to:
Reduce Tooth Decay
Prevent Cavities by inhibiting the growth of bacteria
Inhibits the growth of a related species, Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is a cause of ear infections
Reduce the secretion of Plaque Acids
Facilitate the Remineralization of Tooth Enamel
Xylitol is believed to be safe, but doses higher than 30 g per day can cause stomach discomfort. To sweeten one cup of tea, you may need as much as 3 teaspoons which is 12 grams. This would equal 30 calories and 12 grams of Carbohydrates.
Each teaspoon contains:
Total Fat 0g
Sugar Alcohol 4g
"Now" Xylitol is 100% Pure Xylitol Powder. This product resembles sugar and has a third fewer calories than table sugar. It is a good alternative for diabetics and can be used as a sugar substitute in recipes. Calculate how much each serving will contain to make sure you can use this ingredient in your recipes.
When compared to the SoooLite! NoCarbs Blend, this product does have Carbohydrates and more Calories. If you are looking for a No Carbs blend sweetner, NuNaturals SoooLite! Is perfect for tea. It only seems to contain .45 grams of Sugar Alcohol per packet. Both are great sweet alternatives to sugar.
If you are tired of the aftertaste of other artificial sweeteners, give these products a try.
~The Rebecca Review
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2008
As described by other reviewers, I just wanted to add in response to an above revie, I have successfully used this with a yeast recipe. All you have to do is proof the yeast in the beginning with a teaspoon of real sugar to make it foam and then you can use xylitol as the sweetener in the recipe. This will add about 4 grams of total sugar to the recipe.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2009
So this stuff taste great. It feels a lot better mentally knowing that it's a natural product and has roughly the same consistency/viscosity as real sugar/sugar crystals. There is one caveat with this product, you will likely have diarrhea until you get used to it. If you use this for coffee like myself and you like to have that coffee before work or something, i would advise you to use it when you won't have issues with that. Supposedly this will stop once you develop some kind of tolerance, but i can't vouch for that since i've used it for the last few days. Other than that i think this is a great alternative to real sugar and the chemicals in other artificial sweeteners.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
I use Xylitol for baking and in my coffee. It works great in baked goods and it also works well for hot beverages. You need to dissolve it before putting into cold beverages or it will not dissolve. Saves you from the blood sugar rise of sugar!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Ok, so it's not sugar, but it's pretty darn close, and all the newest research shows it is much better for you than sugar or artificial sweeteners. I used it to bake bluberry muffins. They came out fluffier than using white sugar, although a bit less sweet. I'll be back for more, and Amazon has a good price.