What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar free sweetener. Xylitol is all natural, not an artificial chemical like aspartame, sucralose and Splenda®. It looks and tastes like sugar. It can be found in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. It also occurs naturally in our bodies- with an average sized adult manufacturing up to 15grams of Xylitol daily during normal metabolism.
Although Xylitol is just as sweet as sugar (sucrose), it has about 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates. That in itself can make a positive impact on your waistline! Notably, xylitol is easily but slowly absorbed and metabolized. Xylitol therefore won’t raise your blood sugar like regular sugar, which puts tremendous strain on your system, causing negative health effects. The body does not require insulin to metabolize xylitol. For this reason polyols like xylitol produce a lower glycemic response than sucrose or glucose. This has made xylitol a commonly used sweetener for the diabetic diet in some countries. If you do have diabetes, nevertheless, it’s important to consult your doctor or diet professional before incorporating xylitol into your daily diet.
Dentists like xylitol as it does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay as compared to the effects of sugar. Xylitol chewing gum is a great sugar free alternative to try.
At The Compounding Pharmacy Australia, we sell Xylitol 500g packets so come inside and make your purchase today!
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