Xylitol is a natural
substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and
various hardwood trees like birch. It is a natural, intermediate product which
regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of humans and animals, as well as in
the metabolism of several plants and micro-organisms. Xylitol is produced
naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams daily during normal
metabolism. Whilst xylitol sounds like a chemical, it is not. Its original name
came from Finland and has produced confusion in many non-European minds.