The Benefits Of Using Xylitol
Great For Low GI Diets & Diabetics
Xylitol is a common ingredient in sugar free chewing gums, lollies, mints, diabetes friendly foods and oral care products. Xylitol has a similar sweetness as regular sugar, but contains 40% fewer calories.
Helps Maintain Healthy Teeth & Fights Tooth Decay
With over 40 years of research and thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety xylitol is one of the newest, easiest and tastiest ways that people can fight cavities. Research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use significantly reduces reduces tooth decay rates both in high-risk groups (high caries prevalence, poor nutrition, and poor oral hygiene) and in low-risk groups (low caries incidence using all current prevention recommendations).
40% Fewer Calories Than Sugar
Xylitol is only slowly absorbed and partially utilised; therefore a reduced calorie claim is allowed: 40% less than other carbohydrates. In addition, the body does not require insulin to metabolise Xylitol, which has made it a widely used sweetener for the diabetic diet in some countries. In the US, Xylitol is approved as a food additive in unlimited quantity for foods with special dietary purposes.
Assists With Weight Loss
One of the negative effects of added sugar (and high fructose corn syrup), is that it can spike blood sugar and insulin levels. Due to the high amount of fructose, it can also lead to insulin resistance and all sorts of metabolic problems when consumed in excess. Xylitol contains zero fructose and has negligible effects on blood sugar and insulin. Therefore, none of the harmful effects of sugar apply to xylitol. Studies have shown that Xylitol can reduce belly fat and even prevent weight gain on a fattening diet.
Assists With Detoxification
Do you regularly experience headaches, fatigue, yeast infections or brain fog? Xylitol is the perfect natural sugar replacement and is highly recommended for detoxing and cleansing. For many people who attempt to eliminate Candida by modifying their diet, it is that lack of sugar and its sweet taste that often causes them to fail. Sugar, in all it’s forms – frutose, sucrose, glucose, maple syrup, agave nectar – all feed a Candida yeast infection and have to be removed from your diet in order to reduce the infection. In the past, the only way to not risk feeding the yeast infection was to remove all sugar. Thankfully, today there are alternatives to sugar that are safe to use during a Candida cleanse. Xylitol is a naturally occurring type of sugar alcohol found in berries, vegetables, sugar cane and various fruits.
Is A Powerful Anti-Oxidant & Anti-Inflammatory
Whole food sweeteners have a deeper, richer taste so you often need less than a refined sweetener. The best part is, all of them can help minimise inflammation when eaten in moderation. Recent studies have shown that unrefined sweeteners retain their natural anti-inflammatory antioxidants. By replacing refined sugars with whole food sweeteners, you’ll help protect your body from the inflammatory effects of unbalanced sugar levels, and reap the health benefits of free radical scavengers.
Assists With Preventing Infections & Diseases
While excessive sugar wreaks havoc on the body, Xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects against chronic disease and has anti-aging benefits. Doctors in Finland found that 8 grams of Xylitol, taken orally every day, prevented about 40% of ear infections. Xylitol has the ability to interfere with the adherence of the bacteria infecting wounds. Dr Bradley Bale, author of ‘Beat the Heart Attack Gene: The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes’ writes about how to prevent heart attacks are encouraging the regular use of oral Xylitol.
Slows Down Premature Aging
In a 2000 Finnish study, published in the journal Life Sciences, Dr Knuuttila and co-workers found that short-term (three month) supplementation with Xylitol increased skin collagen synthesis. They also found that Xylitol reduced the glycation (a.k.a. glycosilation) of skin collagen, which is an important mechanism of skin aging. In another study, published in the journal Gerontology in 2005, the same group of researchers investigated the effect of long-term dietary Xylitol on the skin content of collagen. They found that dietary Xylitol prevented both the age-related decline in collagen synthesis and the age-related increase in the collagen degradation. Other studies showed the ability of xylitol to increase stability of certain proteins by reinforcing their 3-dimensional structure. This effect might play a role in the reported effects of Xylitol on skin collagen.