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    I was looking at a recipe for “Easy Chocolate Pudding” on Elana's Pantry.  She uses Xylitol.  Since it sounds artificial, I googled it for what it is and for substitutions.  I pulled up a forum discussion on a diabetes web site.  One person stated that it should not be fed to (either dogs or animals in general…can't remember exactly) as it can “destroy the liver”.  This person went on to say something like, “I wonder what it does to our liver LOL.”  Sorry, I don't find anything in there to LOL about except maybe stupidity.  If you have to ask yourself that question, stay away!  It may be fine…that is why I'm here…because I don't have the knowledge.  But I'm not going to just 'assume' and eat it.

    So, my questions are: Is it healthy? What is a good substitute? Honey? Agave? For the substitute, what is the conversion ratio?

    Thanks a bunch!


    (Don't mean to sound so grumpy.  I just can't understand why people don't take more responsibility for themselves…plus I have a really bad head cold.  So PLEASE excuse my attitude)  Smile






    We got some cheaper by buying on and all I read was positive.   It is usually made from birch tree bark and about 40% of the calories that are in cane sugar.  Tastes great but not cheap compared to cane sugar and should only be used sparingly when necessary to be able to bake something, etc. I think a lot of folks here will use honey or other natural sweetner?  Some of the other popular sugar substitutes like Stevia/Truvia are not safe for us because of corn being a part of the ingredients.  I'll link info. on the Xylitol;


    Do you know how much honey you would use…for example, the recipe calls for 1/4 c Xylitol.  How much honey would that be?  …or Agave? 


    I don't use Stevia or artificial sweeteners.  I use honey and agave.  My next option would be pure maple syrup which I know is not a preferred option but for some things, it has the best flavor. 


    Thanks for the explanation of Xylitol and the link.   


    Thanks for the info and the link.  Thankfully, for once in my life I don't worry about calories.  I would be more toward trying to get in the additional calories than not.  I don't use Stevia (tried it a long time ago then heard about how it can cause blood sugar problems) or any artificial sweetener.  Sometimes I eat things that I thought were fine and then realize they may have an artificial sweetener in them and thats when I RELUCTANTLY give up one more thing.  🙂  The only other thing I will use is pure maple syrup.  I know it isn't supposed to be a good choice either but I'm not sure why not. 


    How would I substitute honey?  For example, this recipe calls for 1/4 cup Xylitol.  How much honey would that be?  Or how much agave would that be?


    Thanks again!


    (If I end up with two posts here, I apologize.  I 'think' I forgot to hit post the first time.) Confused

    Jackie Scarbrough

    Judy, I have used honey, agave, and xylitol all interchanged equally.  Stevia and xylitol both can be contaminated with corn but neither have to be avoided as long as you can get them from a good source.  Of course use way much less stevia than the others, I've never converted to stevia as I don't care for the taste of it if used alone.  Xylitol and stevia have a zero glycemic index so they are better for those with candida issues.   From what I understand is that some people have a gut reaction to xylitol due to it being an anti-candida, so you can get a die off reaction.  I would say just start with a small amount and then gradually increase as tolerated.  I'm not sure on your question about what it does to animals and how that compares to us, I would be curious to hear from anyone with knowledge on this. 

    Another option you may look into is coconut palm sugar.  It is also lower on glycemic index (just not zero like xylitol and stevia) and interchanged equally with honey and agave.  All these above mentioned sweetners are natural.  I do not use cane sugar, although it is also natural and safe, it seems to bother me, maybe too high GI?

    Hope this helps and hope your cold is gone! Smile  (I have one too right nowYell)


    Thanks Jackie,

    That's what I need to know.  I'll use honey in place of the xylitol and I will try equal amounts.

    My cold is much better (been in bed all week) and I just have a little bit of cough and runny nose left.  The worst thing is the fatigue!!! And that can take a while to get over. 

    I hope yours gets better soon!!!

    Diane Zides

    This sweetner is in my nasal spray. My MD Nutritionist said it was fine and that it wouldn't affect my Candida at all. I can't eat anything with sugar in it for that problem.

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