Xylitol E967 Side Effects

Is Xylitol bad for you?

Depending on your digestive system, eating xylitol can have a laxative effect. This is purely based on a person’s particular body and how much xylitol it is able to process. However, it is good to know that our bodies naturally produce xylitol. With a normal metabolism it will produce up to fifteen grams of xylitol each day. This indicates that generally the body understands what to do with xylitol.

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Xylitol and pregnancy

Xylitol is safe for children and adults, as well as women who are nursing or pregnant.

Can xylitol cause headaches and diarrhea?

If you consume more than 40 grams of xylitol a day, you may experience stomach discomfort and diarrhea

Can Xylitol cause cancer or tumors?

One of the concerns I have heard several times is that xylitol has been found to cause tumors or Cancer.

Some recent studies are beginning to connect certain sugar alcohol directly to tumor growth as well. A May 2016 Swedish study published in the journal Oncotarget made the connection between erythritol and Gioblastoma (GBM), a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that forms from the star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain.

At the same time, studies as far back as the late 70’s (when the substance was first being introduced) tied xylitol to not only gallbladder issues but also tumor growth in mice. Xylitol is manufactured using hydrogenation as well as the use of the carcinogenic heavy metal nickel.  Granted, scattered evidence shows that xylitol may prevent tooth decay, but is this really worth the cancer risk?

Is Xylitol E967 safe for children?

In recommended dosage amounts, xylitol is generally considered safe, says the University of Michigan Health System. Excessive doses of xylitol can cause side effects like intestinal gas and diarrhea. However, if children take doses larger than 30 grams daily, it can cause more severe side effects than in adults, warns the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Monitor your child’s xylitol intake, and talk with his pediatrician if he displays any side effects.

Is Xylitol dangerous to dogs?

Xylitol is often fatal to dogs. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, the number of cases of xylitol toxicosis in dogs has significantly increased since the first reports in 2002. Dogs that have eaten foods containing xylitol (greater than 100 milligrams of xylitol consumed per kilogram of bodyweight) have presented with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can be life-threatening. Low blood sugar can result in a loss of coordination, depression, collapse and seizures in as little as 30 minutes. Intake of doses of xylitol (greater than 500 to 1000 mg/kg bodyweight) has been implicated in liver failure in dogs, which can be fatal.

Is Xylitol Harmful to Cats?

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, xylitol is toxic to animals. In cats it can prompt a sudden release of insulin, resulting in low blood sugar, a condition known as hypoglycemia. Signs that your cat may have swallowed a product containing xylitol include a sudden lack of coordination, vomiting, lethargy and, eventually, seizures and possibly coma. Ultimately a cat that eats xylitol may end up with liver failure, resulting in death.