When utilizing any type of sweetener for the production of drinks and food, the current industries take into account the calories of the sweetener, the possibility of employing it to reduce or to control weight and its similarity to sugar concerning taste. In this regard, a product that has drawn the attention of food and drink manufacturers is xylitol, which stands out among other sweeteners not only because it can be produced by biotechnological process, but also because it has important physicochemical and physiological properties. Owing to these properties, xylitol has much potential for application in the odontological and medical areas, and has been successfully used to combat dental caries and to treat such illnesses as diabetes, disorders in the lipid metabolism and parenteral and renal lesions. Furthermore, xylitol prevents lung infection, otitis and osteoporosis. The incorporation of xylitol into diets brings, therefore, many benefits not only to those who need a controlled food intake, but also to those who care about their own health and physical well-being.
|Translated title of the contribution||Xylitol: a sweetner with benefits for human health|
|Journal||Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|