Morning Pep Pure Birch Xylitol (Keto Diet Friendly) Sweetener 5 LBs (Not From Corn) NON GMO – KOSHER – GLUTEN FREE – PRODUCT OF USA. 80 Onces $27.90
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 3 inches ; 5 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- UPC: 640823557000
- Item model number: 5700
The Original Birch Xylitol, Made In Usa; Perfect For Coffe, Tea, Cereal, And Baking; Looks And Tastes Like Sugar With No Aftertaste; And "40% Fewer Calories Than Sugar; Kosher And Free Of Gmo, Corn, Wheat, Gluten, Soy & Dairy; Safe For Diabetics, Low Calorie, Low Carb, Low Glycemic Index
I've been using coconut sugar substitute and it's been great with zero side effects. But it has a different taste than white sugar and isn't nearly as sweet, thus requiring a 1.25cup to 1 cup sugar ratio when substituting. When not using coconut sugar, such as in my tea/coffee, I use stevia. Stevia is too expensive to use for baking / cooking in my opinion.That said, when I was asked to provide a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review, I had to compare the two and then some.MORNING PEP BRAND:First thing I did is search the web for articles on Xylitol, I found a few (such as WebMD and others) that all said it is a safe product, but for some it may cause intestinal distress.Second thing the articles said -- and what makes this brand stand out from the other Xylitol manufacturers -- is if you are going to use Xylitol then make sure it is:+ made from birch tree sources only+ GMO free, gulten free, wheat free and corn free+ made in the USA, as there are better restrictions on what goes into the product versus imported itemsI was happy to learn that this is true of the Morning Pep brand. Nice!!SIDE EFFECTS:I have two friends who are doctors and I simply asked the question, "Any concerns with using a Xylitol product as a sugar substitute?" Both doctors laughed at first then explained why they were laughing. They both said that in their respective hospitals, when they need to help make a patient have a bowl movement they use Xylitol. Apparantely the side effect of "intestinal distress" listed in the WebMD articles is because Xylitol is an osmotic (I think I got that right) and thus forces your intestine to absorb lots of water, which in turn helps someone go to the bathroom or others have diarreha.I found that if I limit my intake to a cup of tea/coffee (2-teaspoons worth) and maybe something similar at night, then I'm okay. As soon as I exceed that amount, such as adding it to my hot cereal/oatmeal then I'm in the bathroom a couple of extra times during the day. The side-effect effects me!Baking with it and limiting myself to one slice of pie or banana bread, I'm okay too. More than that and you know what happens. . .Then again. . .if I wasn't taking in so much sweet stuff in the day, then I wouldn't have the side effects. I may need to reconsider my dietary habits!TASTE:Xylitol taste a lot like sugar. So far it is the closest to a sugar taste than coconut sugar or my other choice, stevia (which has a definite aftertaste and is twice as sweet)COST:Xylitol and coconut sugar are relatively the same in cost, but twice that of white sugar. Stevia will run sometimes more than double the cost of either and 4x the cost of white sugar.BENEFIT:One benefit from Xylitol is that unlike most sugar products it does not generate the same acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. Thus tooth decay is greatly reduced!For some who need a little help, take this product more in a day and the "side effect" will kick-in and you may possible be able to use the restroom again. I'd rather take this than something like Metamucil or Xlax (do they even make that still or that old school laxitive?). Realize I'm not a doctor, so don't take my word for it, consult your physician first before use!!OVERALL:I like this product and am glad for the taste. . .especially in my coffee. Neither coconut sugar or stevia do it for me with coffee, so I'll definitely be using Xylitol instead.The only reason for the knocking off 1-star in the review is because it does have a side-effect for me, but everyone's different and it is easily controlled through moderation!!The 1lb bag is nice and convenient for having in my desk at work.The 2.5lb bag is a nice in between size (5.8 cups worth of product) and can be used for baking and save yourself some money over buying multiple 1 pound bagsThe 5lb bag is the greatest savings and will meet all your daily use or baking needs.=========================================================**UPDATE**I found this article on a dental site that had some helpful tips that have helped me with cooking with Xylitol.=========================================================Tips for Using Xylitol as a Sweetener in Baking/CookingHere are some tips for adjusting to the subtle differences between xylitol and sugar:+ When cooking or baking, know that xylitol absorbs moisture like you wouldn't believe - so you'll likely need to adjust brownie and cookie recipes. We recommend removing them from the oven just a wee bit before you think they are done to maintain the softness and consistency you expect.+ Yeast won't metabolize xylitol, so it can't be used a sugar replacement in breads that rise. But this feature of xylitol gives it two great upsides. First, xylitol acts as a natural preservative when used as a glaze or frosting. Second, xylitol won't feed candida.+ Xylitol tends to crystallize when refrigerated in viscous solutions (syrup, jam, sauces). You can easily remedy this issue by adding a small amount of xantham gum to the xylitol crystas before adding them into your other ingredients.+ Use xylitol as substitute for brown sugar simply by adding 1 to 2 tsps of molasses for every cup of xylitol used.+ Xylitol does not carmelize or reach "hard crack" because it remains stable under high heat. We recommend using an alternate sweetener for topping creme brulee, or for making hard candies.+ Although Xylitol has no major side effects, it's good to begin using it in moderation. Too much xylitol, too quickly can cause mild gastrointestinal distress. Remember, as with everything in your life, moderation is your friend, and it'll help to combat any potential gastrointestinal issues by combining it with other bulk ingredients (like in brownies or cookies).Disclaimer: I received this product free or at a discounted price, in exchange for the purposes of a product review. All opinions are 100% my own and they reflect my honest & unbiased opinion. Your experience may differ from mine.
Great tasting Xylitol. Use it for everything that calls for sugar (unless I use honey or maple syrup). I also put this into my spice grinder to make a powdered "sugar" for quick dissolving or recipes that call for powdered sugar. Tastes great!UPDATE** 3/24/17 - This used to be on Subscribe and Save and I was a loyal purchaser. When it was removed, I stopped buying this brand for another Birch Xylitol that cost less. I just bought my last 5 lb bag a few days ago when it was on "Today's Deals" because it was a bit lower than the other brand, but if the price stays high, I won't buy it again. Some of us are on a fixed income, and an additional $5 - $7 for items makes it or breaks it.
I like the flavor - or lack of aftertaste with this PURE BIRCH XYLITOL. I also like the fact that it is NOT made from corn as other brands with this same name are. I grind some of this even finer so it dissolves even more easily in cold drinks. I am on a KETO eating plan and swore off ofsugar the day I started it. I have had more success with this way of eating than any before. This brand of sugar substitute has helped SO much.I can still flavor things with a sweetness and not hurt my body with bad chemicals either. Love this.
I have purchased this product five times since July 2015. Very happy with it. Xylitol, IMHO, is the best alternative sweetener to sugar. Doesn't alter the taste of beverages (particularly coffee) as other sweeteners do. I would have given it five stars if not for the poor packaging. In two of the three most recent shipments, the bag had a hole in it and leaked Xylitol into the box in which it was shipped, despite the product itself having been packed separately in bubble wrap. This will dissuade me from purchasing this product again, unless the seller/manufacturer addresses this issue.
Update: Although it tastes much better than expected (even my husband likes it), and I like how it is a “natural” sweetener with no fillers, no corn, and is non-gmo, I may not be able to continue use because it spikes my blood sugar. It’s not suppose to, but after higher glucose test numbers, I conducted a controlled test run the next day and to my disappointment it indeed spiked my blood sugar. It spiked roughly half that of what real sugar would have. Just remember that it’s not calorie-free/carb-free, and it may spike your blood sugar and trigger an insulin response.