Wednesday, February 27, 2013

X is for Xylose {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

X is for Xylose

How on earth did I come up with that word? Well, I was trying to come up with a word that starts with "X" for this post, so I went hunting! ;-)

What in the world is Xylose?

A white or colorless, crystalline pentose sugar, derived from xylan (the pentosan occurring in woody tissue that hydrolyzes to xylose), straw, corncobs, etc., by treating with heated dilute sulfuric acid, and dehydrating to furfural if stronger acid is used. It is extracted by hydrolysis with acids and used in dyeing, tanning, and in foods as a substitute for sucrose in diabetic diets.

Have you heard of Xylitol? This is a sweet white crystalline alcohol derived from xylose and used as a sugar substitute.

Mercy! I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly don't think that is something I want in my daughter's diet! I guess we'll be reading labels even more closely.

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1 comment:

  1. Informative post! Thank you for sharing this information with us all. The letter X is a tough one to blog about . . . I almost headed for the dictionary for this one.


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