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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: xylitol
Date: April 25, 2008 at 9:02 pm PST

In Reply to: xylitol posted by Betsy on April 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm:

Hi Betsy

Xylitol is sugar alcohol, a naturally occurring sweetener found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables.

Like most sugar alcohols, Xylitol, when used as a concentrated sweetener, can have a laxative effect. However, it has no known toxicity, and people have consumed large amounts for long periods with no apparent ill effects.

There are some older studies that suggested it may be even beneficial in regard to tooth decay and some recent evidence that it may reduce plague.

I would have no concern if it was in your toothpaste

In Health
Jeff

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