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Xylitol is a chemical compound with the formula C
5
H
12
O
5
, or HO(CH2)(CHOH)3(CH2)OH; specifically, one particular stereoisomer with that structural formula. It is a colorless or white crystalline solid that is soluble in water. It can be classified as a polyalcohol and a sugar alcohol, specifically an alditol. The name derives from Ancient Greek: ξύλον, xyl[on], "wood", with the suffix -itol used to denote sugar alcohols.

Xylitol[1]
Xylitol
Xylitol crystals.jpg
Xylitol crystals
Names
Pronunciation /ˈzlɪtɒl/
Systematic IUPAC name
(2R,3R,4S)-Pentane-1,2,3,4,5-pentol
Other names
(2R,3R,4S)-Pentane-1,2,3,4,5-pentaol (not recommended)
1,2,3,4,5-Pentahydroxypentane
Xylite
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
ChEMBL
ECHA InfoCard 100.001.626
E number E967 (glazing agents, ...)
UNII
Properties
C5H12O5
Molar mass 152.146 g·mol−1
Density 1.52 g/cm3
Melting point 92 to 96 °C (198 to 205 °F; 365 to 369 K)
Boiling point 345.39 °C (653.70 °F; 618.54 K) Predicted value using Adapted Stein & Brown method[2]
~100 g/L
Hazards
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flammability code 1: Must be pre-heated before ignition can occur. Flash point over 93 °C (200 °F). E.g. canola oilHealth code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g. turpentineReactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g. liquid nitrogenSpecial hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
1
1
0
Related compounds
Related alkanes
Pentane
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Xylitol is used as a food additive and sugar substitute. Its European Union code number is E967.[3] Replacing sugar by xylitol in food products may promote better dental health, but evidence is lacking on whether it prevents cavities.[4]

Structure, production, occurrenceEdit

Xylitol is naturally occurring in small amounts in plums, strawberries, cauliflower, and pumpkin; humans and animals make trace amounts during metabolism of carbohydrates.[5] Unlike most sugar alcohols, xylitol is achiral.[6] Most other isomers of pentane-1,2,3,4,5-pentol are chiral, but xylitol has a plane of symmetry.

Industrial production starts with lignocellulosic biomass from which xylan is extracted; raw biomass materials include hardwoods, softwoods, and agricultural waste from processing maize, wheat, or rice. The xylan polymers can be hydrolyzed into xylose, which is catalytically hydrogenated into xylitol. The conversion changes the sugar (xylose, an aldehyde) into the primary alcohol, xylitol. Impurities are then removed.[5] The processing is often done using standard industrial methods; industrial fermentation involving bacteria, fungi, or yeast, especially Candida tropicalis, are common, but are not as efficient.[5][7]

UsesEdit

Xylitol is used as a sugar substitute in manufactured products, such as drugs or dietary supplements, confections, toothpaste, and chewing gum, but is not a common household sweetener.[4][8] Xylitol has negligible effects on blood sugar because it is metabolized independently of insulin.[8] Absorbed more slowly than sugar, xylitol supplies 40% fewer calories than table sugar.[8] It is approved as a food additive in the United States.[9]

Food propertiesEdit

Xylitol has about the same sweetness as sucrose,[8] but more sweetness than similar compounds like sorbitol and mannitol.[5] It has a glycemic index of 7 (100 for glucose).[10] Because xylitol and other polyols are heat stable, they do not caramelise as sugars do, and they also lower the freezing point of mixtures in which they are used.[11]

No serious health risk exists in most humans for normal levels of consumption; The European Food Safety Authority has not set a limit on daily intake of xylitol. Due to the adverse laxative effect that all polyols have on the digestive system in high doses, xylitol is banned from soft drinks in the EU. Similarly due to a 1985 report, by the EU Scientific Committee on Food, stating that "ingesting 50 g a day of xylitol can cause diarrhea", tabletop sweeteners containing xylitol are required to display the warning: "excessive consumption may induce laxative effects".[12] Chewing gum containing xylitol is permitted.[13]

Health effectsEdit

Dental careEdit

As of 2015, clinical trials examining whether xylitol alone or with other agents can prevent cavities found the evidence was too poor to allow generalizations, although when children with permanent teeth use fluoride toothpaste with xylitol, they may get fewer cavities than when using fluoride toothpaste without it.[4] People apparently get fewer cavities when they chew gum sweetened with xylitol (or similar polyols such as sorbitol) than when they chew gum sweetened with sucrose.[14][15][16]

In 2008, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) evaluated the literature on xylitol, concluding, "xylitol chewing gum reduces the risk of cavities in children".[13][17] The claim required rewording because xylitol chewing gum is not a medicine, thus can "not be claimed to reduce the risk of a disease".[13] In 2011, EFSA approved a claim that replacing sugar with xylitol and similar sweeteners "may maintain tooth mineralisation compared with sugar-containing foods."[12][18]

Preventing ear achesEdit

Based on studies of children in Finland who are in daycare or in school, as of 2016, xylitol, administered in chewing gum or a syrup, may have a moderate effect in preventing ear aches in healthy children; whether it can help prevent ear infections in children who are prone to them or who have a respiratory infection is unclear.[19] The EFSA evaluated the claim in 2011, and "concluded that there was not enough evidence to support" the claim that xylitol-sweetened gum could prevent ear aches.[12][20]

Diabetes managementEdit

In 2011, the EFSA approved a marketing claim that foods or beverages containing xylitol or similar sugar replacers cause lower blood glucose and lower insulin responses compared to sugar-containing foods or drinks.[18][21]

Weight managementEdit

Eating processed foods containing xylitol as a non-nutritive sweetener instead of sugar may be useful to help manage body weight.[21]

Adverse effectsEdit

HumansEdit

Xylitol has no known toxicity in humans.[12] At high doses, xylitol and other polyols cause gastrointestinal discomfort, including flatulence, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome; some people have these adverse effects at lower doses.[12][22] Xylitol has a lower laxation threshold than some sugar alcohols but is more easily tolerated than mannitol and sorbitol.[23]

Dogs and other animalsEdit

In dogs, 100 mg of xylitol per kg of body weight (mg/kg bw) causes a dose-dependent insulin release that can result in hypoglycemia, which can be life-threatening. Hypoglycemia associated symptoms of xylitol toxicity may arise as quickly as 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion. Vomiting is a common first symptom. It can be followed by tiredness and ataxia. At doses above 500 mg/kg bw, liver failure is likely and may result in coagulopathies like disseminated intravascular coagulation.[24]

Xylitol is safe for cats, which tolerate even 1000 mg/kg bw ingested doses of it.[25] Its also safe for rhesus macaques, horses and rats.[24]

MetabolismEdit

Xylitol has 2.4 kcal/g (10 kJ/mol) of food energy according to US and EU food labeling regulations.[26][3] Real value varies a bit from this due to many metabolic factors. About 50% of eaten xylitol is not absorbed by the intestines in humans. Instead, 50–75% of this amount is fermented by gut bacteria to short-chain organic acids and gases, which may cause flatulence. The rest of the unabsorbed xylitol is excreted unchanged mostly in feces and less than 2 g of xylitol out of every 100 g ingested is excreted in urine.[27]

About 50% of xylitol is absorbed via intestines. Primarily, the liver metabolizes it. The main metabolic route in humans is: in cytoplasm, nonspecific NAD-dependent dehydrogenase (polyol dehydrogenase) transforms xylitol to D-xylulose. Specific xylulokinase phosphorylates it to D-xylulose-5-phosphate. This then goes to pentose phosphate pathway for further processing.[27]

HistoryEdit

Sugar rationing during World War II led to an interest in sugar substitutes when interest in xylitol and other polyols became intense, leading to their characterization and manufacturing methods.[5][28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Xylitol at Wikimedia Commons