I had one of my customers ask if I would be willing to make her some biscotti using a sugar substitute since she needs to watch her sugar intake. A few weeks later she brought me this jar of Xylitol. I have made the biscotti. It looks good and tastes okay, but is not as crunchy as it should be. A soft cookie might be a better choice for this substitution.
I have also checked out where xylitol comes from. It is a natural sugar, not a factory made chemical. Xylitol has a low GI value of 7, meaning it has little effect on blood sugar levels and insulin. It is therefore seen as a useful alternative fordiabetics. It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed. It is partly digested by the liver and then travels to the intestinal tract, where it is broken down further.
A lot of sugarless chewing gum has xyliol in it. There are side effects to eating xyliol. The main one is gas and bloating. Also do not give products with xyliol to your dog.