Health Foods, Staff Recommendations

Xylitol – Total Sweet and Xylobrit

Maria in our Putney store loves Total Sweet Xylitol – she says that this is the most tasty, natural sugar replacement she has found so far. She says “The taste is very similar to sugar therefore you can add it in anything:- coffee, teas, smoothies, baking. I’ll definitely never go back to normal sugar. I love this product”

Branka in our Watford store prefers the XyloBrit Xylitol. She says Xylitol is low GL, tastes great in drinks and the good thing is it doesn’t have an aftertaste. It has almost half the calories of sugar and protects the teeth from cavities as Kate Quilton demonstrated in food unwrapped on Channel 4

What is it?

Xylitol, also called ‘wood’ or ‘birch sugar’, has been known about and used as a sugar alternative for many years

The word comes from the Greek word ‘xyl’ meaning wood, as in xylophone, as it was first extracted from birch trees after the Second World War, when sugar was in short supply

Today xylitol is used around the world, by millions of people, as an alternative to sugar and is a naturally occurring sweet tasting substance that looks and tastes just like sugar, but has various healthy benefits. Xylitol is found in a whole host of plants and fruits, such as raspberries, plums and strawberries, and is even made in small amounts by the human body, but not all xylitol is the same

Xylitol is available and from different natural sources. The xylitol used in Total Sweet comes from sustainably sourced European birch and beech wood and is always GMO free and  XyloBrit is made from 100% pure Xylitol with no aftertaste. The Xylitol used in XyloBrit is extracted only from birch trees so will not trigger corn allergies.


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