Xylitol is naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables. Westpoint’s Xylitol is derived from North American grown hardwood trees such as birch, maple and poplar trees. It is extracted through an all-natural process utilizing steam and ion exchange, followed by crystallization. Xylitol is a non-fermentable sweetener, known to be diabetic safe. It appears as white crystals and has a sweet, cool taste.