The sweetener, Xylitol, is now considered by the FDA to be a threat to your dog’s livelihood. A new warning has been issued citing that the popular sweetener could potentially kill dogs.
The sweetener is commonly found in gum, mints and many types of candy. First reports of dog poisonings were reported back in November. Xylitol was placed in foods about 10 years ago due to being lower calories, but also, because many people don’t realize it is simply a form of sugar alcohol.
Pet owners should know this is in lots of foods, so be careful when feeding your dog “from the table.” Food manufacturers must list this on the ingredients.
Oh and in case you were wondering, yes, it can be harmful to people causing bloating or severe diarrhea.
Here are some more potential human effects of xylitol from Dr. Axe. (I would suggest reading the entire article in full)
Another concern that I have with xylitol is the industrialization process that is used to manufacture it. Currently, most xylitol is produced by “hydrogenating” xylose; a chemical process that treats a compound with hydrogen usually with a catalyst such as nickel. (5) There are two major problems with this process.
First, the fact that xylitol is “hydrogenated” should raise some concerns because hydrogenated foods are known to cause: (6)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Behavioral irritability and aggression
- Liver dysfunction
- Major depressive disorder
- Asthma attacks
- Dermatitis (skin allergies)
- Hand eczema (skin rash)
- Kidney problems
- Lung disorders
At this point, there is no research proving that chewing xylitol sweetened gum or eating xylitol sweetened cookies will cause these things, but I’d be careful before diving in and making xylitol part of your daily natural health regimen.