E967 is a food additive approved by the EU (European It is used as a synthetic sweetener in food and drink products.
The common name for E967 is xylitol.
E967 is a carbohydrate alcohol derived from corn, raspberries, lettuce and plums. However, when used on an industrial scale, E967 is more usually taken from xylan in wood pulp.
E967 has a low calorie content than sugar and is therefore used in diet food products. Most ingested E967 is absorbed and metabolised as glucose in the body, while the remainder undergoes fermentation in the large intestine.
E967 has been known to cause kidney stones. Gases produced from fermentation in the large intestine may cause flatulence and bloating. Nevertheless, xylitol is generally considered to be a safe additive.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E967:
- chewing gum
- bakery products