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July 12, 2000

Ethanol Waste to be Used as Sweetener

According to research performed by Agricultural Research Service(ARS) scientists, a corn fiber that is left over from the production of ethanol could be turned into an expensive low calorie sweetener called xylitol.

Xylitol is a white crystal powder used in sugarless chewing gum to produce a mint flavor. Some gum manufacturers are currently paying three dollars per pound of xylitol, compared to ethanol manufacturers that sell the corn fiber as cattle feed for just a few cents per pound.

Xylitol is currently made in Finland by chemically processing acid-treated birch wood fibers. It contains one-third fewer calories than sugar, while maintaining the same sweetness. There is currently a $28-million market for xylitol in the use of products such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and chewing gum.

Because it requires less energy, biological production of xylitol should make it cheaper to produce, said ARS. Such an impact on the market would drive production costs down and market volume up, allowing xylitol consumers to manufacture their products at a lower cost.

Contact: Timothy Leathers, ARS, phone 309-861-6377, e-mail leathetd@mail.ncaur.usda.gov, website



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