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Anybody know how to extract Xylitol from corn /birch?
 
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Professor wikipedia tells me that it is hydrolized out of birch, since it is a chemical process rather than a fermentation process I'll bet that it is acid catalyzed (hunch) Probably with Nitric or Hydrochloric acid.
 
                    
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We just got some Xylitol to try, anyone have advice or recipes??
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The xylitol I got says its from organic corn.
 
                              
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Look into the side effects of xylitol before you try so you know what you may be getting yourself into. I'm so pleased that this could be my first post here     but xylitol gave me terrible diarrhea and a 4-day headache...
 
                    
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Thanks for the warning,Yes, I read that it can do that to a person.We eat very little sugar anyway.
Did you feel ill from just a little? or was it more?

I sometimes use white stevia for lemonade & things like that but I like to trade off so we do not over do exposure to a substance. 
 
                              
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I only used 1 teaspoon in a cup of coffee, two days in a row. The first day I tried 2 different sweeteners so I didn't know which one was the problem. The second day I used the one that tasted best...

 
                    
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Humm, I guess at the amount I'm eating it if I were going to react badly I would know by now. I use it in my coffe & my lemonade & have had no bad reactions yet.

What do you think of wt stevia?

Thanks for sharing.

 
                    
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Well reader,
I'm pleased to report that I'm doing fine with xylitol in my coffee so far no side effects.
 
                              
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That's great Diane
 
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I have used the Xylotol packets (Now brand).  I found 1/2 a packet was fine for coffee or tea, but a full packet left an aftertaste.

I also used several packets in pancakes and the pancakes were terrible.  Bitter tasting.  You don't want to use these packets in cooking.

Then again, later on, i tried a different brand of Xylotol in a canister.  It was much sweeter and no aftertaste.  The container said you could use it in cooking but I didn't try it.
 
                                              
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No problems w/ xylitol, I've even made fudge with it.  You just have to build up to it a bit slowly, reduce other sweeteners while increasing xylitol and  you'll be fine.
 
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I've always been a bit dubious about the xylitol type sweeteners.  The reason they can give you diarrhea is, I believe, that you don't usually have the right gut bacteria to break them down so they stay in the gut and hang on to any liquid they can on the way.  The reason they are used as sweeteners is that they are like sugar, but, as you don't break them down, they don't release their calories.

You can buy them as laxatives, but, from experience with the old man, I can tell you that they don't work if you use them frequently. 

You can by 'sugar free' chocolate, which, as a hypoglycemic, I occasionally treat myself to.  It has exceedingly laxative effects *so long as I have it no more than once a week*.  If I have it more than that, no laxative effect at all.  Why not?  I presume that my gut bacteria are adapting to the presence of the sweetener and breaking it down.  If they can do that, surely it means that although I don't suffer the unpleasant laxative effect, it's going to release a whole load of unwanted calories/carbs that I could do without. 

I'm too addicted to chocolate to cut out the occasional treat every now and then, but there's no way I'd use xylitol type sweeteners on a daily basis. 
 
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being very sensitive to sugar and starch I eat low carb and I have chosen to use mostly splenda or stevia as I don't get the reactions to them like other sugar substitutes..i find that the liquid sucralose (splenda) is the easist for me to use for most things as you only need on tiny drop..avail from netrition.com as are a lot of other lower carb products like flax seed meal, almond flour, etc..

recently tried almond milk, not sure if I'll make this a regular product in my home or not...1 gram carbs 1 gram fiber equals 0 net carbs..but odd to drink
 
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Molasses, or honey people.. Work a touch harder if you need to burn
the extra calories off.
 
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