The global xylitol products market is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forthcoming timeframe owing to its growing use as a low-calorie sweetening agent in food and confectionary. Xylitol is a substance that is naturally found in vegetable and fruit fibers. The substance was first used as a sweetener during World War II in Finland at a time when sucrose was scarce.
The growth in popularity of xylitol can be attributed to the material’s numerous beneficial properties. Xylitol is equally as sweet as its counterpart, sucrose, however with considerably fewer calories. Xylitol also causes very low insulin release among individuals. Additionally, insulin is also not required for xylitol to be used as a viable source of energy for the body.
The material has been proven to prevent the propagation of mouth bacteria from generating acids that can damage the teeth surface. For this specific reason, xylitol is typically used in sugar-free gum, toothpastes, as well as other oral health care products.
The global xylitol products market is bifurcated into product, downstream potential application, and regional landscapes.
Based on product, the market is bifurcated into chewing gum, confectionary, food, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. The global xylitol market from pharmaceutical application is projected to surpass gains by 3.5% over the forthcoming timeframe.
Xylitol is commonly used in cough syrups, throat lozenges, toothpastes, children’s chewable multivitamins, and mouthwashes. Across the U.S., xylitol is approved by the FDA as a food additive that fulfils special dietary needs like diabetes.
The substance is also used in pharmaceutical products that curb ear as well as yeast infections. The ears, nose, and mouth are interconnected, and bacteria that thrive inside mouth could also lead to ear infections, which is a common issue among children. Xylitol can starve these bacteria similar to the way it starves the common plaque-producing bacteria that live inside people’s mouths.
With respect to downstream potential application, the market is classified into glycol, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and xylaric acid. The global xylaric acid segment was valued at more than $155 million in 2019 and is slated to register appreciative growth throughout the projected timeframe.
From a regional perspective, the LATAM xylitol products market holds a share of more than 4.5% of the overall market size. The region is further projected to register appreciative growth across the forecast timeframe.
The Middle East & Africa xylitol products market is slated to witness considerable growth in forthcoming years. The increasing expansion of industrial sector throughout the region is expected to foster the product demand in coming years. In fact, the region is earmarked to record an impressive CAGR of approximately 3.0% over the projected time period.