CAS - Molecule of the Week

Molecule of the Week
May 1, 2006

This molecule was originally selected on February 2, 2004.

Regarding this week’s selected substance:

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, or polyol. Xylitol metabolism does not require insulin and it does not promote tooth decay; thus, products sweetened with xylitol can be labeled “sugar free”. Xylitol extracted from birch tree pulp is used in candies, chewing gum, and natural-ingredient toothpastes.


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