Marshall’s company, Xyleco, has since received hundreds of millions of dollars for research.
Thanks to an influx of cash, Marshall was able to build a factory to continually test his invention and determine its potential impact on our environment. As it turns out, this discovery could do wonders for our health, as well.
For example, the plant sugar xylose is not only consumable, but also low in calories, meaning that it could be used to reduce obesity and diabetes.
“Xylose is called wood sugar and it has an unusual property that your oral bacteria cannot use it. So it won’t decay your teeth,” Craig explained. Marshall added, “It’s healthier sugar. It doesn’t do the same things to you [as the sugar we’re used to].”
But the best part? It’s just as sweet.