Xylitol – Positive Health Benefits (replace sugar in your diet)

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Xylitol – Positive Health Benefits (replace sugar in your diet)

What is Xylitol?

It is a natural occurring sweetener that is found in strawberries, raspberries, plums, corn, mushrooms and birchwood bark.

It is a carbohydrate that looks and tastes like sugar.

The use of Xylitol has been found to benefit diabetes and weight management, improve dental hygiene, and improve upper respiratory health.

Health Benefits of Xylitol

  1. Xylitol has a low G.I. (Glycemic Index) of 7. A low G.I. means gives a slow and steady release of energy, thus avoiding the highs and lows of sugar swings.

G.I. of Common Sweeteners

Glucose

100

Table Sugar

65

Honey

55

Fructose

19

Xylitol

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Xylitol has low calories – 40% less than sugar. 2.4 calories per gram of Xylitol versus 4 calories per gram of sugar.
  1. Xylitol is low insulinemic – it is metabolised into glycogen which can be stored directly in the cells until it is converted into glucose for energy – therefore no insulin is required. Xylitol is metabolised 1/3 in the liver and 2/3 by enzyme action in the gut and does not involve insulin.
  1. Xylitol is alkaline enhancing –  Dentists love it.

a)   Xylitol promotes an alkaline environment, whereas sugar leads to acid formation in the mouth.

b)   It promotes good oral health, is anti microbial and prevents growth of bacteria.

c)   Xylitol also reduces the adhesion properties of dental plaque.

  1. Xylitol prevents Candida albicans – because it inhibits yeast growth.
  1. Xylitol is anticatabolic-  it builds immunity, protecting against chronic digestive disease. Xylitol increases the absorption of vitamin B and calcium, thus aiding in the prevention of osteoporosis.
  1. Upper Respiratory Benefits – (The nasopharynx)

a)   90% of all infection causing bacteria enters the body through the nose.

b)   The nasopharynx is the common place of origin of:

  • Middle ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Sinus infections

c)   When exposed to Xylitol, harmful bacteria (specifically S. pneumonia and Haemophilus influenza) lose their ability to adhere to infected membranes and are not able to grow. This allows the body’s normal washing and cleansing mechanisms to flush away the bacteria and other irritants.

Where do I find Xylitol?

Xylitol is available from most health food retailers in the form of chewing gum and bags of granular xylitol (it looks like white sugar).

Follow manufacturers’ instructions for suggested usage.