- Found naturally in fibrous vegetables, trees and fruits, xylitol is a natural sugar substitute with a low calorie count. Although xylitol is largely safe to consume, there are some side effects of associated with xylitol such as gas and diarrhoea. High doses of Xylitol given in IV can also lead to an increase of uric acid levels which in turn increases the risk of kidney (why is K in CAPS) stones in the body. In some cases, it also affects the functioning of the liver. Regular consumption of large doses may cause hypoglycemia, i.e., low blood sugar level. It has been seen in researches that xylitol given to laboratory animals in extremely high doses for extended periods can also leads to the formation of tumours.
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