What Is Xylitol E967?

What is Xylitol E967?

Xylitol E967 is probably the best known sugar alcohol (sugar polyol). It looks and tastes like sugar but has lower calories and a much smaller glycemic index.

Xylitol E967 is white crystalline powder, a new natural sweetener mostly made from corncob. Chemical manufacturing process is from Xylose (from corncob) among China Xylitol manufacturers, it may be from birch tree bark from abroad manufacturers. It’s sweetness level equals to sugar. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that can be found in various plants such as vegetables, fruits and wild mushrooms.


Other names for Xylitol

Other names for xylitol like Birch Sugar, E967, 1,2,3,4,5-Pentahydroxypentane, Xylite, CAS Number 87-99-0

Chemical Formula: C5H12O5

Xylitol E967 properties


Xylitol E967 is white crystal or crystalized powder.


Its sweetness taste is equal to cane sugar, cold in taste as it absorb lots of energy when melts.


Xylitol E967 dissolve easily in water (the solubility in water around 160g/100ml), and slightly dissolved in ethanol and methanol. When dissolving in water, Xylitol can absorb heat, and has a cool sense in taste. It is a functional sugar alcohol with physiological activity and nutrition value.


One gram of xylitol contains 2.43 kilocalories (10.2 kilojoules), which is about 63% as much as one gram of sugar, which has 3.87 kcal (16.2 kJ).


Melting point = 198-205° F (92-96° C)

When xylitol dissolves in your mouth, it actually makes your mouth colder as xylitol melts can absorb many energy. xylitol is the real thing in terms of dropping degrees.

Xylitol and blood sugar

Xylitol E967 looks and tastes like sugar, but has fewer calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels.

Glycemic index

Xylitol E967 has fewer calories than sugar. (63% for the same sweetness) It has a very low glycemic index (Only 10 – sugar is 65) and this makes it suitable as part of a diabetic diet.


Only up to 50% of the ingested xylitol is absorbed in the small intestine, the rest passes to the large intestine where it is fermented by the beneficial colonic bacteria to short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) and gases. The unabsorbed xylitol attracts water from the intestinal wall so it can cause diarrhea if consumed in excess. Once absorbed, xylitol can be metabolized and can provide 2.4 kilocalories per gram or it can be converted to glycogen (the glucose store in the liver)