Description: The Sweet Taste That's Good For You Xylitol, also known as birch sugar, is a naturally-occurring sweet compound found in fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is not only devoid of the downside of typical sugars, but also boasts a range of health benefits. Unlike table sugar or fruit sugar, both of which should only be consumed in minimal amounts, xylitol actually promotes our health, and is something we can consume every day. Because xylitol is completely natural, it is devoid of the undesirable side effects seen with artificial sweeteners. Xylitol may also be the ideal sweet compound for those with intestinal yeast overgrowths, because xylitol does not feed yeast as sugar does. Xylitol has a sweet, clean, cool taste. It works well in beverages, gums, and candies. Because Xylitol does not feed yeast, it cannot be used to make bread, because it will not make dough rise.
Benefits of Xylitol:
• Nature's ideal sweetener
• Does not cause blood sugar imbalance or yeast overgrowth like table sugar
• May help decrease the incidence of dental caries
• Fights plaque buildup and neutralizes plaque acids
• May reduce rates of ear infections in children
• Increases satiety
• May promote bone health
XYLITOL HELPS YOU GET OFF THE SUGAR ROLLER COASTER
Xylitol, unlike sugar, causes little change in blood sugar and insulin levels. Xylitol, therefore, will not sabotage your mood or energy levels like sugar can. If you eat a meal high in sugar (sucrose), your blood sugar jumps, your pancreas secretes insulin, and the sugar level comes down. Often, however, your blood sugar drops too quickly. If this happens, you will secrete adrenaline to try to get your blood sugar back up again. All the while, your mood and energy levels go up and down like a roller coaster, so you crave—and then eat—more sugar! This keeps your body in a constant state of disarray. Some people lead their entire lives on this blood sugar trampoline. This can lead to fatigue, weight gain, depression, and a disordered immune and digestive system. The message is clear: Stop the sugar, completely!
But how? First of all, try to consume more protein rich foods, especially at the beginning of the day. Then, increase your intake of blood sugar balancing nutrients such as chromium, zinc, magnesium, and lipoic acid. When you want something sweet, use Xylitol in your foods and beverages. Xylitol will help you stay on an even keel, give you the sweet taste you love, and allow you to have the dietary and craving you need.
Why is Xylitol so easy on the body? When you eat Xylitol, part of it is gradually metabolized into glucose in the liver, so it won't cause blood sugar extremes. Much of the Xylitol also passes on to the large intestine where it is converted into short chain fatty acids. These nourish the large intestine wall. The reason why Xylitol has less calories than sugar is because much of it's energy is used up during this conversion.
FIGHTING TOOTH DECAY
Xylitol may be one of the most valuable natural ways we have to help maintain healthy teeth. Cavities are formed when the wrong bacteria are allowed to grow in our mouth. Regular sugar needs to be avoided for healthy teeth and gums, because sugar feeds the bacteria that destroy our teeth. Xylitol, however, does not feed these bacteria. What's more, Xylitol interferes with many of the destructive elements that cause cavities.
XYLITOL SHOWS PROMISE FOR DIABETICS
Xylitol does not require insulin to be metabolized, and therefore is a very useful sweetener for diabetics. Xylitol scores a 7 out of 100 on the glycemic index. This shows that Xylitol has a minimal impact on blood sugar and insulin levels. A study of healthy men examined the metabolic effects of Xylitol compared to those of glucose. After an overnight fast, the men consumed a 25 gram dose of Xylitol, and their rise in blood sugar and insulin was lower than after consuming the same amount of glucose. In another study, a 30 gram dose of Xylitol produced only a small increase in blood sugar, and no rise in insulin levels. This suggests that Xylitol is safe, even in high doses. While Xylitol appears to be safe for everyone, diabetics who are interested in using large amounts of Xylitol regularly should do so with the guidance of their health care practitioner.
Xylitol has been shown to slow stomach emptying, and thus to help promote a feeling of fullness with less food intake. Those given 25 grams of Xylitol at mealtime needed only 690 calories before they felt full. Those who did not use Xylitol consumed 920 calories in order to achieve satiety. A preload of glucose, fructose, or sucrose failed to suppress food intake. Xylitol, therefore, shows great promise as a natural way to decrease food intake, and thereby help promote weight loss.
Xylitol was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963 for special dietary uses. In 1986, the FDA recognized Xylitol as a safe sweetener. Xylitol is approved throughout Europe for various dietary, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic uses. The only side effect of too much Xylitol (a single serving of 30 grams or more) is temporary gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea in sensitive individuals.
Key Ingredients: Xylitol is a five carbon sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols naturally occur in foods such as berries, and have no relation to regular alcohol. Xylitol is also produced naturally by the
human body. Xylitol supplements are made from the fiber of the birch tree, and other
fiberous materials, such as corn cob husks. Xylitol is nearly as sweet as sucrose, tastes
good, and has no after-taste. Xylitol also has 40% less calories than sugar, with a caloric
value of 2.4 calories per gram.
Suggested Use: Take one teaspoon (4 grams) per day or as recommended by your health care professional.
Contraindications: If you are diabetic, pregnant or nursing, consult your physician before taking this product.