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Posted by: narnia, Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:09pm
Assuming that I'm an O for now, until I get retested, I have a question about a nasal spray product, called Xlear.  I've used it for a couple of years for occasional sinus issues.  It has worked wonders for me in the past.

It contains xylitol, which is derived from corn.  Is it OK for an O to use?
Posted by: Stargate, Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:24pm; Reply: 1
Sorry narnia, this doesn't specifically answer your question, but I just wanted to share with you that i can tolerate nothing with xylitol. don't know if it's me being an O non.... or me being Explorer...or just me being me. A friend was picking me up DGL, and assumed i wanted 'sugar free' but i always get original...didn't even know they made sugar free! I was doubled over in cramps within 10-15 minutes. I have given up on any protein bar as their are all so sweet....but when i was once on a mission to try several and find one....any that had xylitol or any "...tol's" gave me immediate stomach pains. Why can't they just leave out the sugar and NOT replace it with anything?? Always wondered about that! I know...there's such a limited market for that :)

Hope you find out about your nasal spray!
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:44pm; Reply: 2
listen to your body.....if it causes flatulence, avoid

read more threads on it and decide....
http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&domains=dadamo.com&q=xylitol&btnG=Search&sitesearch=dadamo.com
Posted by: narnia, Thursday, May 27, 2010, 9:20pm; Reply: 3
Flatulence?  From using a nasal spray?   ::)
Posted by: Lola, Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:20am; Reply: 4
no when using it as sweetener.....
who wants nasal spray that s not entirely natural, like sea salt and water or a serum?

avoid using nasal sprays

you now sound like an A to me, the sinus stuff, but let s wait and see ;)
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Friday, May 28, 2010, 3:41am; Reply: 5
Have you tested for wheat/gluten intolerance?  Gave up wheat/gluten and haven't used nasal spray since.   :)
Posted by: narnia, Friday, May 28, 2010, 5:28am; Reply: 6
Quoted from Lola
no when using it as sweetener.....
who wants nasal spray that s not entirely natural, like sea salt and water or a serum?

avoid using nasal sprays

you now sound like an A to me, the sinus stuff, but let s wait and see ;)


It's salt water and xylitol.  All natural, they say.
Posted by: narnia, Friday, May 28, 2010, 5:29am; Reply: 7
Quoted from DenverFoodie
Have you tested for wheat/gluten intolerance?  Gave up wheat/gluten and haven't used nasal spray since.   :)


Haven't had any wheat / gluten for quite a while.  I may be detoxing again.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, May 28, 2010, 5:32am; Reply: 8
or reacting to diet, if you had your BT wrong......we ll see


I would avoid x up my nostrils :-/
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:52pm; Reply: 9
I buy xylitol gum for my kids, but I don't use any sugar alcohols myself. I don't think the amount of sweetener in a stick of gum is likely to cause any GI problems, and xylitol in particular is good for dental health.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Friday, May 28, 2010, 1:12pm; Reply: 10
I use xylitol gum as well
but mine is from birch not corn  :D
I do well with it .
Posted by: narnia, Saturday, May 29, 2010, 4:50pm; Reply: 11
My mistake.  I thought I had once read that xylitol was from corn, but there are many other sources.

"Where does xylitol occur in nature?

Xylitol occurs in small amounts in natural form, especially in fruit, berries, vegetables and mushrooms. For example raspberry, strawberry, yellow plum and endive contain xylitol.  Xylitol is also found in human tissues."
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, May 29, 2010, 5:15pm; Reply: 12
birch for starts......google might be one way to find out more
Posted by: narnia, Saturday, May 29, 2010, 6:05pm; Reply: 13
So, I guess it should be safe me to use.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, May 29, 2010, 6:28pm; Reply: 14
vegetable glycerin might also be an option......it is mine! :)
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, May 31, 2010, 5:15pm; Reply: 15
Another O here that cannot tolerate xylitol.  Not sure of what source the ones I have tried come from, but the ones I have make me itch and my skin crawl. Nonniness strikes again.  :K)

Debra :)
Posted by: Azure Agony, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 8:32am; Reply: 16
Seeing as it doesn't appear on my swami or in the book I assume it's a neutral. I also assume that due to the low g.i. it would be harder to amass enough of this in the body to contribute to glycation.

However, does anybody have any extra information about this sugar alcohol. Has it gone under testing long enough for us to be confident with it. I use it quite a lot since the candida lacks an enzyme to be able to metabolise it. I read the other day it is produced by the use of hydrogenated carbohydrate. It wasn't that long ago that margerines produced using similar methods were deemed 'healthy' for us, but we know a bit more about them now, don't we?  ;)
Posted by: TJ, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 11:00am; Reply: 17
Many people find that it causes gastro upset and diarrhea.  But otherwise it is "safe".
Posted by: Munchkin76, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 11:05am; Reply: 18
I don't use it as a regular sweetener per se (use agave for that), but I do use it in cooking/baking when the recipe calls for a 'dry' sweetener - I've never had any problem with it.  I also grind it up with arrowroot and cocoa to make chocolate frosting/icing for cakes etc.
Posted by: Agathe, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 12:00pm; Reply: 19
I'm very interested in Xylitol as well and regret that it is so hard to find information about it.

I use it like you do, Munchkin. Moreover, just before I go to bed, after I've brushed my teeth, I put half a teaspoon of it in my mouth, let it melt and keep it as long as possible before swallowing. This is meant to prevent bacteria growth through the night.

Neither do I entirely rely on Xylitol as a sweetener. As it is not mentioned, it is assumed neutral, and Swami gives me many other sweeteners as beneficial, so...

From what I've read, I really think Xylitol is harmless. I know that in Finland it is used on a large scale, it has replaced regular sugar since WW2.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 12:07pm; Reply: 20
I do not handle Xylitol well.
My O (secretor) mother does very well on it.

I have less problems with Xylitol than other sugar alcohol that I have tried.
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 12:22pm; Reply: 21
I don't handle it well either.  

Debra :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 6:04pm; Reply: 22
I generally think of xylitol as an "herbal supplement to prevent tooth decay" rather than as a "neutral sweetener." If I ever bought a package of the stuff, I'd use it in homemade dental products (tooth powder and/or mouthwash), not in baking. Right now, I only buy xylitol in chewing gum for the kids- gum in general keeps them from snacking when not hungry, and xylitol gum helps their teeth instead of hurting it. They're not consuming enough of the sweetener via gum to affect digestion.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 9:20pm; Reply: 23
xylitol gives me horrible gas, bloat and a bad stomach ache that winds up putting pressure way up under my ribs.  My gut gurgles for hours and I eventually feel relieved after winding up with diarrhea.
I have no clue what is in it but it clearly feels like it's poisoning me! ??)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 9:57pm; Reply: 24
http://www.google.com/custom?q=Xylitol&cof=AH%3Acenter%3BAWFID%3A4452213b291e6613%3B&domains=dadamo.com&sitesearch=dadamo.com
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, July 8, 2010, 10:05pm; Reply: 25
I used to instantly get very loose stools from xylitol mints, a year ago (derived from of all things - chicory ??) ::) should've been ok :-/) but I tried one or two the other day - no probs..
Maybe my gut is healing? Who knows though, maybe they changed the recipe... :-/ ;)
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, July 9, 2010, 1:00am; Reply: 26
Lola...There are two different threads entitled "xylitol" on the forum right now.  Do you think they
should be combined?
Posted by: Lola, Friday, July 9, 2010, 2:19am; Reply: 27
sure, thanks for the heads up!
Posted by: khoipri, Monday, April 18, 2011, 1:40pm; Reply: 28
I just made a search on the forum about Xylitol. And found this, I am a little freaked out :(
I started to chew xylitol gum 5 or 6 days ago, and today I found my face just bloat up, chubby face, made me crazy. Now, decided not to touch anything with -tol again :(
Posted by: Kim, Monday, April 18, 2011, 1:49pm; Reply: 29
Xylitol can be from birch or corn.  I have used the kind from birch.  It can have a laxative effect for some people but usually stops once you have used it a few times.  There isn't a lot of information out there about it.  

I can use it without any gastro problems.  I know that many can not use it at all.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 18, 2011, 3:27pm; Reply: 30
I don't eat or chew anything with xylitol because it really messes with my digestion.  But I like using it on my teeth from time to time.  I've located a birch-tree source of xylitol, which I buy in a large canister.  I mix it with  baking soda, sea salt and warm water and slosh my teeth very well after I brush.  Then, spit!  :)

http://www.emeraldforestxylitol.com/
Posted by: Kim, Monday, April 18, 2011, 5:49pm; Reply: 31
I only use the Emerald Forest brand.  Some of the others don't say whether it is corn or birch and some come from China.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 18, 2011, 7:09pm; Reply: 32
I just figure if they don't say, then it's going to be from the least healthy option!  ;)  lol!
Posted by: Pixu, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 8:50am; Reply: 33
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol

I always thought Xylitol was made from birch only..  ::)
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 9:03am; Reply: 34
Nope it can be from chicory, corn or birch...Lately one company which used to use chicory has reverted to using corn; no doubt due to it being cheaper ::)
Posted by: BTypeAUS, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 9:06am; Reply: 35
Oh god xylitol lol the mere thought of it gives me a huge bloated tummy and gas  :-/
Posted by: Twenzel, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 9:07pm; Reply: 36
I love my xylitol.  With out it I wouldn't have been sugar free.  I have no gallbladder so the bathroom issue is with or with out xylitol.  My question is what brands use corn.  I use xylosweet.  Doesn't say on the packaging.

Thanks,

Tara
Posted by: Kim, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 9:28pm; Reply: 37
Quoted from Twenzel
I love my xylitol.  With out it I wouldn't have been sugar free.  I have no gallbladder so the bathroom issue is with or with out xylitol.  My question is what brands use corn.  I use xylosweet.  Doesn't say on the packaging.

Thanks,

Tara


Xylosweet is made from corn. You can go to xyclear.com, the companies website to see what their xylitol is made from. Emerald Forest brand xylitol is made from birch trees.  That is the brand I use.
Posted by: Twenzel, Thursday, April 21, 2011, 12:14pm; Reply: 38
Thanks.   I guess since it's made from corn it should be an avoid for me, right?

Tara
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 21, 2011, 2:41pm; Reply: 39
depending
http://www.google.com/custom?q=xylitol+&cof=AH%3Acenter%3BAWFID%3A4452213b291e6613%3B&domains=dadamo.com&sitesearch=dadamo.com
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