Birch sugar, also known as xylitol, is a delicious sugar substitute. It is sourced from birch bark but it can also be extracted from other plants. It has a refreshing taste very similar to sucrose. The difference between this and sugar is that it has 40% fewer calories and glycaemic index of around 7, over 9 times lower than the 64 for sugar. In addition to its pleasant taste and low glycaemic index, it also helps maintain healthy teeth and contributes to their mineralisation.
Drasanvi Superfoods Birch Sugar (xylitol)
R175,47 incl VAT
Ingredients: Birch sugar (Xylitol) (Artdorospira platensis), 300 g (10.58 oz).
Free from artificial colours, added sugars and preservatives.
Packaging: Foil lined, resealable zip pack.
Recommended daily serving: Not applicable, use according to taste.
Suggested uses: Use as a sugar substitute. Add to juices, smoothies, milkshakes, coffee, vegetable drinks, etc. You can use it as a substitute for white sugar in baking recipes as it resists baking – 1 dessert spoon = ± 6 grams.
Warnings: Store in a cool, dry place.
Low glycaemic index
The glycaemic index indicates the amount of carbohydrates a product releases. Products with a high glycaemic index have a high rate of absorption and give way to an abrupt change in carbohydrate levels in the blood. On the other hand, products with a low glycaemic index release carbohydrates over a longer period of time, helping keep sugar levels in the blood more constant.
Of Finnish origin
Today most xylitol is derived from GMO corn. Drasanvi’s Superfood Birch Sugar is sourced in Finland from Birch to avoid contamination by GMO sources.
|Ingredient||% Per 100 g||Quantity per 100 g|
|Protein||0 %||0 g|
|Carbohydrates||100 %||100 g|
|of which sugar||0,2 %||0,2 g|
|Fat||3,4 %||3,4 g|
|of which is sugar||0 %||0 g|
|of which is polyols||99,8 %||99,8 g|
|Fibre||0 %||0 g|
Energy: 240 Kcal / 1000 KJ per 100 g
|Dimensions||23.5 × 15 × 2 cm|