What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol derived from the pentose sugar xylose. It has a sweetness equal to that of sucrose and is not fermented by plaque bacteria to form acid. Xylitol gum has a clinically proven anti-caries effect.
Where does xylitol come from?
Xylitol is a sweetener that occurs naturally. It can be found, for instance, in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. Xylitol also occurs in human tissues. The best way to make xylitol industrially is from birch, by chopping up and rendering down the structural fibre of the wood, xylan.
Why does Wrigley’s ORBIT contain xylitol?
ORBIT is Wrigley’s dental care brand and aims to offer consumers the best possible dental care benefits combined with consumer taste and format preferences. Chewing ORBIT with Xylitol, reduces the risk of tooth decay.
How much xylitol is in ORBIT sugarfree gum?
Spearmint, Peppermint and Lemonfresh stick contain 15% xylitol. New Sweetmint pellet contains 32%. The additional 17% is contained in the sugarfree coating of the pellet.
What other sugarfree sweeteners does ORBIT with xylitol contain?
Sorbitol, Mannitol, Aspartame and Acesulfame K.
Why doesn’t ORBIT contain 100% of its sweetners from Xylitol?
ORBIT aims to offer consumers the best possible dental care benefits combined with consumer taste and format preferences. This formulation meets both objectives. Additionally, 100% xylitol has problems in terms of product quality, since it is hydroscopic.