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Old 04-18-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Occasionally I will use it if a recipe calls for a lot of sugar. But I read that when dogs are given Xylitol their bodies do not process it meaning their digestive system does not digest it. So it must stay in their system which wouldn't be a good thing. So I am a little concerned about that being the case in humans also. Anyone have any information on the effects of using Xylitol?
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Old 04-18-2018, 01:43 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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If you only use it now & then, I wouldn't worry, ASAIK, dogs also cannot have chocolate, so their digestive systems seem different to humans.
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Dogs can't have grapes, onions, garlic, chocolate as mentioned, etc. - I wouldn't base my diet on what dogs can and cannot have (btw, dogs eat cat poop - I wouldn't recommend it
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Dogs and humans have different dietary needs and different dietary tolerances. No need to compare the two.
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Occasionally I will use it if a recipe calls for a lot of sugar. But I read that when dogs are given Xylitol their bodies do not process it meaning their digestive system does not digest it. So it must stay in their system which wouldn't be a good thing. So I am a little concerned about that being the case in humans also. Anyone have any information on the effects of using Xylitol?
Well, I can tell you that I can't digest it. However it does not stay in my system but is ejected pretty darn quickly.

I have similar issues for quite a few things that most folks can eat.

I found it out by trying it. You'll have to find out what's true for your digestive system.
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:09 PM
 
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If you only use it now & then, I wouldn't worry, ASAIK, dogs also cannot have chocolate, so their digestive systems seem different to humans.
The theobromine and caffeine contained in chocolate is what dogs should not eat. The amount and the percentage that happens to be in the chocolate matters. They can end up with a mild upset stomach to seizures and heart failure. Dark chocolate worst, white chocolate almost harmless. As with most things, the answer is "it depends".
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Well, I can tell you that I can't digest it. However it does not stay in my system but is ejected pretty darn quickly.
Same for me, except the ejection is in gaseous form.
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:08 PM
 
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Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Dog owners, don't let your dogs get near sugarless gum. It is absorbed differently in humans, so no need for the OP to worry.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/xylitol-danger/
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-p...xicity-in-dogs
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:03 PM
 
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Just FYI, the active ingredient in Febreze is a destructive neurotoxin to pet birds like parakeets, etc., so you might want to keep away from that as well.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Xylitol is one of the sugar alcohols that can cause gastrointestinal distress. It's typically used in sugar-free/dietetic candies and gums. If I have more than 2-3 pieces, I'll end up with a problem. Some people are more sensitive than others to sugar alcohols.

I use sweeteners containing erythritol, and that doesn't seem to affect me at all. It's the sugar alcohol that's least likely to cause the runs because it's a smaller molecule and gets absorbed in the small intestine. You might want to try erythritol for cooking rather than xylitol - less likely to cause problems.

As I understand it, xylitol is poisonous to dogs because they're carnivores, but it's OK for us because we're omnivores. Lots of examples of this sort of thing out there: parrots and their kin are allergic to certain foods that don't bother us, too.
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