Sugar Free Natural Sweetners – Xylitol Australia
At Xylitol Australia, we stock premium, natural xylitol. Xylitol can be found in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. Xylitol also occurs in human tissues. Corncobs and birch trees are the main sources for commercially produced xylitol. However, there are no residual corn products in the xylitol.
Strictly speaking, xylitol is not actually a sugar, but a sugar alcohol. It differs from other sweeteners such as sorbitol, fructose and glucose because the xylitol molecule has five, instead of six, carbon atoms. Most bacterias are unable to make use of such sugars. This is one reason why xylitol is so effective in preventing caries. Xylitol has 40% fewer calories than “normal” table sugar. The xylitol to sugar ratio is 1:1.
Is Xylitol safe for everyone?
In humans, xylitol is absorbed slowly and has no measurable effect on insulin production. However, the same cannot be said for dogs. When dogs eat xylitol, their bodies mistake it for glucose and start producing large amounts of insulin. Then the dog’s cells start absorbing glucose from the bloodstream, which can lead to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar and even death.
What are the main benefits of taking Xylitol?
Xylitol Has a Very Low Glycemic Index and Doesn’t Spike Blood Sugar or Insulin
Unlike sugar, xylitol has negligible effects on blood sugar and insulin levels. Animal studies indicate impressive benefits for metabolic health.
Xylitol Boosts Dental Health
Xylitol can starve the harmful bacteria in your mouth, reducing plaque buildup and tooth decay. This can help prevent dental cavities and inflammatory gum diseases.