American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sweet white crystalline alcohol, C5H12O5, derived from xylose and used especially as a sugar substitute in oral health products.
- From Latin xylos ("wood or cotton-tree") + -itol ("anhydric alcohol") (Wiktionary)
- xyl(ose) + (sorb)itol. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While xylitol is not known to be dangerous to people, veterinarians across the nation are seeing increased rates of serious poisoning in dogs that accidentally ingest even small amounts.”
“The longer the time between ingestion and seeking veterinary care, the less likely that we can effectively remove the xylitol from the dog's system.”
“Because food labels often do not disclose how much xylitol is contained, it may be hard to determine how much of the toxin was eaten.”
“For example, the liquid form of gabapentin contains xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.”
“Now, you say xylitol, which is a sugar substitute, is another big problem.”
“When that's not possible, chewing sugar-free gum sweetened by a naturally occurring sugar substitute called xylitol can help.”
“Spry gum is made in a special way, it contains xylitol, which is an all natural sweetener taken from fruits and vegetables.”
“Some local vets say they are seeing more dogs who have ingested xylitol, which is found in fruits and sugar-free gum.”
“The good news is that there are sweeteners, such as xylitol, that do not promote the growth of bacteria.”
“We’ve left the choice of sucralose, saccharin, xylitol, or stevia up to you in most cases where a recipe for a sauce, salad dressing, or marinade calls for a sweetening agent, unless the recipe calls for 2 or more tablespoons, in which case we’ve specified xylitol, which is not as sweet at the other three alternatives.”
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