- The glycaemic index (a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar) of Xylitol is only 7, compared to regular sugar -which has a glycaemic index of 60-70.
- It is an excellent alternative to sugar for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity or other metabolic problems.
- It has a similar sweetness as regular sugar, is low G.I and has 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbs than refined white sugar.
- An all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables
The Benefits Of Xylitol as a natural sweetener:
- Plaque, commonly caused by bacteria Streptococcus Mutans, feeds on glucose from food - but they cannot use xylitol. Eventually, the sugar metabolism in the bacteria is blocked and they literally starve to death.
- The mouth, nose and ears are all interconnected. In much the same way as it kills plaque; Xylitol can reduce ear infections in children by fighting the yeast Candida Albicans that commonly causes ear infections.
- Studies have shown that it increases the absorption of calcium in the digestive system, which is good for your teeth and may also protect against osteoporosis.
- Either by replacing sugar or adding it on top of the diet, can reduce cavities and tooth decay by as much as 30-85%
- It also appears to have prebiotic effects, feeding the friendly bacteria in the gut.
Use as a sugar substitute, either complimenting your diet or completely replacing other sugars.
Xylitol (made from non-gmo corn)
Xylitol can be highly toxic to dogs, leading to hypoglycaemia and/or liver failure. It only takes about 0.1 g/kg for a dog to be affected (less than the amount in a single stick of gum)
Xylitol is generally well tolerated in humans, but some people do get digestive side effects when they consume too much, not unlike conventional sugar.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or an intolerance to FODMAPs, then be extra careful with sugar alcohols and consider avoiding them altogether.
15 out of 17 people would recommend this product02/05/2018, By JMy favourite alternative to sugar. A little goes a long way.27/04/2018, By SamPerfect alternative to sugar21/03/2018, By DipsThis is an extract from https://draxe.com/artificial-sweeteners/
I have not done a lot of research but if I can come across 1 article in less than 5 minutes on the web - it appears the health food stores have not done a lot of research either - blindly trusting their sources. Everyone needs to take their own health into their own hands. Everything needs to be questioned even the health industry.
Xylitol (Erythritol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol and other sugar alcohols that end in –itol)
Sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. In addition, it has gastrointestinal side effects that include bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.
Even though these sweeteners have been on the market for decades, pregnant and breastfeeding women should select a natural sweetener instead. WebMD states: “Not enough is known about the use of xylitol during pregnancy and breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.” (16)
Special note to dog owners: Sugar alcohol-based artificial sweeteners are a life-threatening toxin to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts and other foods when your pets are around. (17)01/02/2018, By EroetsI like it, but it can be finer - xylitol crystals are too big.19/12/2017, By NathalieI was so disappointed when I found out how Xylitol is made, I can't believe this stuff has been snuck into our health foods. Xylitol is not a natural product at all, it might come from corn (in most cases) but it is super refined sugar produced through the hydrogenation of xylose by using serious chemicals like hydrochloric acid - ending with a product that our bodies cannot digest. The deeper I look the more it sounds like the margarine of sugars, I will not be buying it again ever!15/12/2017, By EmmaTastes as good as sugar and MUCH better for you. I also find Xylitol to be much more palatable than Stevia17/10/2017, By PaulineUsing this in my remineralizing tooth powder recipe - what a great additive to enhance teeth health! Besides that, a spoonful in my tea tastes just the same as sugar without all the added calories!13/10/2017, By TraceyI cannot tell the difference in taste between this and sugar - made the transition to sugar-free far less "traumatic"04/09/2017, By TebogoI really enjoyed this.
First time I had it, it made my tummy run a bit, but after subsequent uses, my tummy doesn't react anymore.
I'm done with sugar, I don't even miss it.24/07/2017, By Rosegreat sugar substitute01/07/2017, By MarykeI only keep normal sugar because of guests, but I sub Xylitol in almost all my baking and the difference is hardly noticeable.26/06/2017, By Jo-anneI love baking with this product. I blend it finely in my spice mill to make icing sugar.30/03/2016, By MichelleWhen I first used this sweetener I got the runs, was about to give it away, but after the first use, I went back to it, no more runs. Worked well for me, plus I did not need to mix it with anything. I enjoyed the taste. Just like sugar.16/03/2016, By AshleighAlways have xylitol in my home, great sugar substitute and gets the tummy working well. Don have too much at once...05/02/2016, By AltaThe absolute best replacement for sugar. Ive tried Stevia in the meanwhile and it has the same aftertaste as canderel. Xylitol is the best with no lingering aftertaste!12/09/2015, By LieslThis product helped me ditch the sugar in my coffee and tea. It is a fantastic sugar substitute.22/07/2015, By Seipatiit takes great
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