Xylitol… The Super Sweetener!
Xylitol is a sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body during normal carbohydrate metabolism. Xylitol is typically manufactured from birch trees or other natural xylan-rich sources.
It Tastes Good
Xylitol has the same sweetness and bulk as sucrose, with 40% fewer calories and no aftertaste. In fact, xylitol is the sweetest of all bulk sugar substitutes. Plus, it has a very pleasant cooling sensation when it dissolves in the mouth, making xylitol a great partner in applications with mint and citrus flavors.
Clinically Proven Health Benefits
For more than 30 years, dental researchers have pointed to xylitol as a key ingredient in the fight against tooth decay. Found in natural sources, such as fruits and vegetables, xylitol is a familiar sweetener in sugar-free products such as chewing gum. Using xylitol in place of sucrose (sugar) prevents the insulin reaction which is associated with many health problems such as Type II diabetes. Studies have also found that the use of xylitol can reduce the incidence of ear infections. Some researchers believe that xylitol helps protect against osteoporosis.
Xylitol Is In Many Products Already
Xylitol is widely approved for use in foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in many countries around the world. Current xylitol products include chewing gum, other confectionery, pharmaceuticals (syrups and chewable tablets), and oral hygiene products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes and dietetic and diabetic foods.
- Xylitol is usually measured in grams, and studies show the recommended therapeutic dose is 6-11 grams per day.
- If you ingest more than 25-30 grams in one day, you may have an upset stomach and/or diarrhea.
- Xylitol is not for dogs! In high doses can be very harmful, even potentially fatal, to dogs, as they cannot metabolize it like people can.
Can Anybody Use Xylitol?
Yes! Xylitol is a low-glycemic sweetener and is metabolized independently of insulin. Xylitol does not cause the sharp rise and fall of blood sugar associated with other carbohydrates. It is therefore suitable for diabetics as well as for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. Xylitol can be purchased at many natural food stores for use in cooking and baking.
In conclusion, xylitol does not contribute to dental decay and it prevents or reduces the incidence of new decay. It is a safe, naturally occurring sweetener that exists in many plant fibres. Xylitol actually reduces the amount of plaque and the number of decay-causing bacteria in dental plaque, and has been shown to have other health benefits. No other sugar substitute has been shown to function in this way.