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FANCYQTR Posts: 13,041
4/26/14 6:02 P

One part xylitol = one part sugar means that you substitute the same amount of xylitol that you would be using sugar. I.E. use 1 cup xylitol in place of 1 cup sugar. I didn't get the chance to make that pie, so can't say how much extra liquid is needed. The oatmeal cookies sound good, though. I would have to also substitute other things, like the flour, and have to have certified gluten free oats.

The only thing I have had xylitol in is gum and tooth paste, so don't know what it would do in a stomach problem. That doesn't sound good, since I already have problems with IBS.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
4/26/14 3:03 P

Even a little bit gives me unmanageable tummy trouble. And it didn't taste like sugar. Even though it was natural. It had that weird artificial sugar flavor.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 4/26/2014 (15:08)
REDROSEBUD4 Posts: 447
4/26/14 1:45 P

this is the first time I have ever tried to bake something with Xylitol (or any kind of sweeter) instead of sugar. I am thinking of baking some cookies, but I have a question (it may be dumb), but what do they mean one part xyla (xylitol)=one part sugar. Does that mean if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup xylitol?
I have also read that is takes up liquid, so I would need to add more. I am guessing maybe a tablespoon or something.
I would like to bake oatmeal cookies. Any suggestions?
Thank you so much of any help I can get. I'm doing this not just for my health, but my parents. Trying to get them away from excess sugar.

FANCYQTR Posts: 13,041
11/20/13 12:21 P

Thank you. It might be a little late to try that now. I was going to try one of those sweet potato pies since my friend can eat sweet potato, but not pumpkin. Of course, I need to see the recipe first.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/20/13 11:07 A

Ratio: 1 for 1.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
11/20/13 10:54 A

Fancy --

Since Xylitol has the same sweetening ability as sugar it can be used in the same quantity as sugar when baking. Please note that xylitol absorbs moisture in very high amounts, so baked foods can be too dry because of that. More water/moisture is usually necessary to produce a similar product when xylitol is substituted for sugar in a normal recipe. Might take some experimenting to find the right recipe variation. Remember that unsweetened applesauce is a great way to add moisture to many baking recipes.

Coach Tanya

FANCYQTR Posts: 13,041
11/19/13 8:46 P

Can someone tell me what the amount of xylitol would be in a recipe if replacing sugar? My friend was told she can use only xylitol for a sweetener. I am a little worried about using it in something I would eat because of my IBS and am worried about the dog getting into it, so I don't use it, but use Stevia instead, though not the Truvia and Purvia since they are mostly Erithritol. I was thinking of trying it for a sweet potato pie if she can eat sweet potatoes. The place she went for help with all her health problems has that she can barely eat anything but they want her to be eating and drinking soy (I think they work for the soy industry myself).

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/6/13 7:56 P

That is an unsavory trend, yes. Good point.

I had the birch sugar (the REAL xylitol) recommended to my from an ND, MD, MSOM (naturopath, medical doctor, and doctor of chinese medicine). I trust him.

And with the natural, TRUE xylitol (there are tons of remakes on the market) I have never had to worry about ANY gastrointestinal upset. NONE.

I like to buy mine at:

I get a 10 pound bag for the savings and it lasts me MONTHS.

Edited by: MEG-NATALIA07 at: 11/6/2013 (19:57)
JOOLS7 Posts: 388
11/6/13 1:54 P

I just wonder if it' good for you? They may say it's good for us now then later find out it's not.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/17/13 12:07 A

I bought some birch sugar and made a coffee cake. It turned out amazing! You'd never guess that it was xylitol instead of sugar--my family ate it all.

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
6/13/13 3:07 P

OPUSEVA's link is a good reminder to check labels-- never give Chinese-made products to your pets! China doesn't have the kind of consumer safety laws that we do, and our import inspectors don't even have enough funding to really examine products for humans, much less dogs.

Here's a little more info on xylitol and dogs. Basically, the canine pancreas is different, and xylitol may cause extreme insulin reactions in dogs.

But none of this is relevant to humans. Xylitol is absolutely safe for people. Most of us are already using it every day, because it's in most brands of toothpaste.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,332
6/13/13 12:56 P

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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6/13/13 9:32 A

I've never used plain Xylitol, but I buy a sugar free pancake syrup that tastes really good and it's two main sweetners are the sugar alcohols Xylitol and Sorbitol. I've never had a problem with bloating, sickness, or aftertaste with it. Log Cabin is by far the best brand for that.

The only artificial sweetener I've had issues with was asparthemine, but that took quite a bit and only gave me an upset stomach. It's happened a couple times. If I've had more than 3-4 diet sodas (fishing, all we had to drink in the boat was soda unfortunately) or am feeling rough at work which causes me to crave sweet coffee and I use about 10ish packets throughout the day.

Haven't had those issues when I add Splenda (sucralose) or Truvia (stevia) packets, but I think that's just me. Each person can be different when it comes to artificial sweetners I've found.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/13/13 9:15 A

That' s an important alert to raise. I do not have dog, but if I did I would really think hard about this and storage. Thanks!

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6/13/13 8:49 A

Xylitol is very dangerous for dogs, yes. As is chocolate. Neither is dangerous to humans.

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6/13/13 8:26 A


CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
6/13/13 6:59 A

I am pretty sure it was Xylitol that I read is fatal to dogs - so I gave away mine, unopened, as I didn't even want the chance that my dog would get into my baked goods.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/12/13 6:34 P

I do know that I'm only interested in the actual birch sugar xylitol, that's for sure =)

I have tried to get away from refined sugars and flours, and have to cut out sugar as much as I can (for a medical condition) so that is why I am looking into birch sugar for baking, coffee, etc.

Thanks for the responses, if anyone comes across a good recipe please post =).

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (41,045)
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6/11/13 11:34 A

I use it frequently, but I make sure the xylitol I use is derived from birch as most of it is derived from corn. Personally I recommend The Ultimate Life Ultimate Sweetener (ordered from Vitacost). I believe it comes the closest to tasting like sugar but it also leaves a cool feeling in my mouth. Beware though as xylitol can cause digestive problems for some people, so it's best to start out using a small amount until you see if you can tolerate it okay.

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6/11/13 11:22 A

Thanks for that article.

I find that I can eat sugar alcohols without them triggering my hunger like sugary things will, but I also find that they give me gastric disturbances (yes....gas) if I eat too much of them.

If you are going to binge, my take on it is that it is better to binge on xylitol-containing junk food than on sugar-containing junk food....but not much better. Best of all is to learn what works for you to never need to binge!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
6/11/13 10:49 A

The different types of sugar alcohols vary in sweetness, from being about half as sweet to equally sweet as sugar. You can learn more about them in this article.

What Are Sugar Alcohols?
What You Need to Know

Coach Tanya

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
6/10/13 11:00 P

Hey what are people's experiences using xylitol in the place of sugar? How does it compare flavor wise?

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