There’s a new no-calorie sweetener on the market called Ideal. It’s made with xylitol. Xylitol, as defined on the Ideal website is:
“a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that can be found in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body as part of the normal metabolism of glucose. With its low glycemic index, xylitol is a great alternative for people with diabetes since it is metabolized independently of insulin.
Xylitol is also known for its dental benefits*. Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. And though we’ve not tested Ideal® to identify its cavity-reducing benefits, many research organizations (including the Calorie Control Council and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) have identified considerable health benefits from using xylitol. We encourage you to research this sweet sensation yourself.”
I’m glad there’s another option for sweetening food. However, many people might not know that xylitol is toxic to dogs. This warning is also from the Ideal website:
“Dogs digest foods differently than we do, so some foods are not safe for them to eat. Foods like chocolate, apples, peaches, raisins, grapes, avocados, baking soda and xylitol are not safe for your pet. So, please don’t let them eat anything made with these foods. If your pet does accidentally eat something made with xylitol, contact your veterinarian immediately.”
I did not read the back of the packaging, but I hope they’ve put that warning on it as well. However, I know that many people do not read everything about the foods they eat, and my fear is that people will miss this warning and feed their dogs food made with this sweetener.
This post is my way of doing a public service announcement.
If you have pets, especially dogs, do not feed them foods made with Ideal Sweetener. I have a dog, and because I’m afraid that she’ll accidentally eat something made with xylitol, I won’t be trying this product.
I wish this company the best of luck and applaud them for creating a new sweetener that’s no-calorie and safe for diabetics.
To read more about this product, click here.