FAQ's – Xylichew


What is Xylichew's Gum Base?

Our gum base is composed of resins, waxes, fillers and elastomers, no plastics.  The United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title21, Section 172.615 lists the materials that are approved for use in gum base.  There are many different types of gum bases.  Exact components are unavailable as these are considered proprietary from our supplier.  Xylichew is one of only a few gum brands using a gum base that is totally preservative free.  We are a totally preservative free gum / gum base.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is derived from fruits and veggies and is a natural sweetener. Xylitol is technically not a real sugar, rather a sugar alcohol. It is very similar to sugar yet it has 40% fewer calories...win, win! Xylitol is also naturally produced within the human body as a by-product to a healthy metabolism.

How is Xylitol Beneficial to Oral Hygiene? 

Xylitol may prevent tooth decay and can lead to healthier teeth! It is noted that 6 grams of Xylitol a day can reduce decay causing bacteria as well as plaque build up. Here's to healthy teeth!

Is Xylichew Gluten Free?

Yes, Xylichew is safe for people with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.  

Where is Xylichew made?

We are proud to say that we are made in the USA, this way we can oversee the entire process!

Is Xylitol safe?

Yes, it most definitely is! JECFA confirmed  that it is a safe sweetener back in 1983. This was also confirmed again in 1986 by the FDA.

Is Xylichew GMO Free?

Yes, we are GMO Verified on all of our flavors except Ice Mint, which is currently being processed. The GMO Project icon will be on our new packaging soon.

What is the process of making Xylitol?

Xivia™ - Source Material Statement: Danisco Sweeteners, the worlds leading Xylitol manufacturer, has been producing Xylitol since the beginning of the 1670’s.  In our patented and proprietary processes the raw material base for our production in both Europe and North America is hard wood sources – predominantly Birch and Beech.  Both of these tree species are very rich in hemicellulose, the major component of which is xylan, a natural polymer of xylose (“wood sugar”).  Danisco uses 100% wood based xylose in the production of Xivia™. During the production, the chipped wood is subjected to hydrolysis which breaks down the xylan polymer in the hemicellulose into xylose monomers.  We then enrich the xylose content by means of chromatographic separation, after which the xylose is purified and crystalized.  The xylose is then dissolved in water, hydrogenated and finally, after several further purification steps, crystalized to high purity Xivia™.

Can animals eat Xylitol?

No, they cannot. Although Xylitol can be a great benefit to humans it does NOT have the same affect on animals. Xylichew doe not recommend that xylitol products be consumed by any  pets. Xylichew is for human consumption only. There has been a publishing regarding Xylitol and dogs in the 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association regarding that it is unsafe for pups to consume Xylitol.  Xylichew does not make products for dogs or any animals for that matter,  and we do not recommend you feed this product to any animals. It's affects are very similar to the affect chocolate can have on dogs. If your animal friend happens to get into Xylitol contact your veterinarian ASAP.

Does Xylitol help with Dry Mouth?

Yes, it most definitely does! According to Natures Provision,  "Studies have shown that using xylitol gum or mints immediately after eating can reduce dry mouth/cavities significantly and prevent the formation of new sites of decay. Xylitol gums and candies are proven to help salivation and have been endorsed by six national dental associations. "

Is Xylitol a healthy sugar alternative?

Yes, Xylitol is a sugar alcohol derived from plants. It is a wonderful sugar substitute for diabetics due tot he fact that it has 40 fewer calories than sugar. Xylitol is known to help prevent cavities and ear infections; improve bone density, and slows the growth of candida. Read about more sugar substitutes here.