xylitol

noun
xy·li·tol | \ˈzī-lə-ˌtȯl, -ˌtōl\

Definition of xylitol 

: a crystalline alcohol C5H12O5 that is a derivative of xylose, is obtained especially from birch bark, and is used as a sweetener

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Human food including chocolate, coffee, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and xylitol. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic," 7 Sep. 2017 Peppersmith Peppersmith makes their breath mints with natural sweetener xylitol, a naturally occurring alcohol that's found in many fruits and vegetables (though it's not recommended for consumption in large amounts). Kris Rile, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Breath Mints That Aren't Packed With Chemicals," 12 July 2017 The treats are sugar and gluten free and use sweeteners like stevia and xylitol to give them their sweet candy-like flavor. Emily Price, Fortune, "Healthy Halloween? These Lollipops Are Actually Good for Your Teeth," 31 Oct. 2017 Another dangerous substance for pets is xylitol, a sugar substitute that appears in some sugar-free gums and can be deadly for dogs. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "How my boss ticked off her corgi, and other Halloween do's and don'ts for pets," 29 Oct. 2017 Sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause serious problems in pets. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Keeping your dogs safe during Halloween," 27 Oct. 2017 Graham ranked this IntelliWHITE toothpaste ($18, hsn.com), which is made from coconut oil and xylitol, as one of her faves. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "Ashley Graham Can’t Get Enough of These 3 Products," 21 Aug. 2017 No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, stevia, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, etc. Molly Kimball, cleveland.com, "Whole30: Extreme healthy eating, with specific do's and don'ts," 15 Aug. 2017 The xylitol is said to help neutralize acid in the mouth, which in turn helps reduce the risk of tooth decay, cavities as well as development of future cavities. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Creator of sugar-free Lollipops to appear at Kroger," 20 June 2017

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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xylitol

noun
xy·li·tol | \ˈzī-lə-ˌtȯl, -ˌtōl \

Medical Definition of xylitol 

: a crystalline alcohol C5H12O5 that is a derivative of xylose, is obtained especially from birch bark, and is used as a sweetener

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