It is known to prevent tooth decay and often used in natural toothpaste recipes, but before you prepare to consume this product, you should know that there are some side effects…
1) Gas and Abdominal Pain
Unlike some other sweeteners, Xylitol is not broken down easily in the stomach. So anytime you consume a food that does not break down in the body, you are likely to experience gas, bloating and discomfort.
Chewing gum is often blamed for bloating because you are swallowing air, but a lot of times, you are consuming Xylitol.
And if you ingest too much of it, you may experience diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.
Keep in mind that side effects will vary per person.
In some cases, too much consumption of Xylitol can lower blood sugar levels. So if you’re diabetic and have to watch your sugar levels, this is something you need to be mindful of.
3) Uric Acid Levels
High amounts of Xylitol can increase the amount of uric acid in your blood. Too much uric acid may result in kidney stones.
4) Children May Be More Sensitive
I would strongly suggest not giving Xylitol to children (even in toothpaste and other small doses). Because children are generally smaller, the side effects will be stronger.
It is a Processed Food
Some people believe that Xylitol is all natural but that is not true.
Xylitol is a processed sugar. Here’s how it works…
After being hydrogenated and then chemicals are added to xylan from corn and then removed, you get xylitol. That’s just a very fancy way of saying this is a processed food, and as you know, processed foods always have disadvantages to your health.
So Why Use It?
You may be wondering why anyone would use this substance after all these potential side effects.
The truth is, most people will not experience any side effects, and if you do, they will be mild — just like any other processed sugar (Truvia, Splenda, etc.) As long as you aren’t consuming the substance in mass quantities, you should be OK.
Notice I said should.
However, if you have any concerns about it, the solution is simple. Avoid it. Better to be safe than sorry.
If you want to use it for your natural toothpaste recipe then replace it with Stevia.
I personally chew gum with Xylitol all the time and do not experience any symptoms, but you may have different results. I definitely wanted to document this here because you need to be aware of the potential side effects.
So use your best judgement and consume at your own risk.