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Xylitol

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What other names is Xylitol known by?

Birch Sugar, E967, Meso-Xylitol, Méso-Xylitol, Sucre de Bouleau, Xilitol, Xylit, Xylite, Xylo-pentane-1,2,3,4,5-pentol.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a naturally occurring alcohol found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables. It is extracted from birch wood to make medicine.

Likely Effective for...

  • Preventing dental caries (tooth decay).

Possibly Effective for...

  • Reducing episodes of ear infections (otitis media) in preschool children.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Prevention of dry mouth or as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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