Xylitol was discovered in 1891 by German and French chemists. The benefits of xylitol remained dormant for several decades until in the 1960s the Finnish Sugar Company, LTD, began xylitol production for use for those with diabetes and in the 1970s for the prevention of tooth decay.
Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar. It has 2.4 calories per gram and 40% fewer calories than other carbohydrates.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in tree bark, plants, fruits and vegetables. It does not raise insulin levels, therefore, it is safe for diabetics.
Research has proved that xylitol decreases tooth decay by passing through the bacterial wall membrane and disrupting the formation of bacteria. Xylitol prevents the bacteria from creating the acids that help them stick to each other on the tooth surface. The bacteria instead will slide down the digestive and nasal track. The bacteria is significantly reduced in the mouth causing a dramatic decrease in tooth decay.
Xylitol is used in toothpaste, nasal sprays, oral mouth spray, natural sweetener, lollipops, dry mouth patches, mouth rinse and dental floss.