Huletts EquiSweet Xylitol is a low GI sweetener derived from maize corncob fibres and contains no added additives. It is slowly and partially absorbed and metabolised, resulting in very negligible changes in blood glucose levels. Xylitol Sweetener Is just as sweet as sugar. It has a reduced kilojoule value which can be helpful in weight control and managing diabetes. It has 40% less kilojoules than sugar. (One teaspoon of sugar contains 67 kJ versus 42 kJ from xylitol) . Xylitol is slowly and only partially absorbed in the intestine and too much can cause digestive symptoms such as diarrhoea.