Xylitol is a delicious healthy alternative to sugar. More importantly, it has great dental benefits.
Updated: Aug 20
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Xylitol is a delicious healthy alternative to sugar. More importantly, it has great dental benefits like fighting plaque, preventing tooth decay, and improving overall dental and general body health. It is a natural sweetener that tastes like sugar and is categorized as a sugar alcohol, but it has 40% fewer calories than sugar and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. It is recommended by dentists and there are many studies that suggest it has important dental health benefits and many other health related benefits.Bottom of Form
Note: Xylitol great for humans, but it is highly toxic to dogs. If you own a dog, keep xylitol safely contained or out of your house altogether. If you believe your dog accidentally ate xylitol, take it to your vet immediately.
Xylitol is considered a natural substance and is found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables. Humans even produce small quantities through normal metabolism. It is a common ingredient in some higher quality sugar-free candies, chewing gums, toothpastes, mints, diabetes-friendly foods and other oral-care products. Xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram with sugar.
Xylitol comes from birch trees and a plant fiber called xylan. It is not counted as a carbohydrate because it do not raise blood sugar levels. Sugar alcohol is not the same as the alcohol that makes you drunk and it is safe for people with alcohol restrictions.
Xylitol Has a Very Low Glycemic Index and Doesn't Spike Blood Sugar or Insulin
One of the many negative effects of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is that it can spike blood sugar and insulin levels. This can lead to insulin resistance and multiple metabolic problems. The good news is that xylitol contains zero fructose and has negligible effects on blood sugar and insulin. As a result, xylitol is a great product as an alternative to sugar and all its harmful effects.
Xylitol’s glycemic index (a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar) is only 7, as compared to sugar which is 60–70. It can also be considered a weight-loss-friendly sweetener since it contains 40% fewer calories than sugar. For people with diabetes, prediabetes, obesity or other metabolic problems, xylitol is an excellent alternative to sugar.
It is also important to note that studies in rats show that xylitol can improve symptoms of diabetes, reduce belly fat, and even prevent weight gain on a fattening diet.
Xylitol Improves Dental Health
Many dentists highly recommend using xylitol because it helps fight plaque and has other health benefits. There are many studies that have determined that xylitol improves dental health and helps prevent tooth decay. One of the main reasons for tooth decay is an oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. This is the bacteria most responsible for plaque. Although some plaque on your teeth is normal, excess plaque encourages your immune system to attack the bacteria in it. This can lead to inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis. These oral bacteria feed on glucose from food, but they can not use xylitol. As such, replacing sugar with xylitol reduces the available fuel for the harmful bacteria. While these bacteria cannot use xylitol for fuel, they still ingest it. After absorbing xylitol, they are unable to take up glucose, meaning that their energy-producing pathway is clogged and they end up dying. In other words, when you use xylitol, the harmful bacteria in your mouth starve to death.
In one study, xylitol-sweetened products reduced levels of bad bacteria by 27–75%, while friendly bacteria levels remained constant.
Animal studies also suggest that xylitol may increase absorption of calcium in your digestive system, protecting against osteoporosis and strengthening your teeth. Human studies demonstrate that xylitol, either by replacing sugar or adding it into your diet, can reduce cavities and tooth decay by 30–85%. Inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases, thus reducing plaque and gum inflammation can have benefits for the rest of your body and overall health.
Xylitol starves the harmful bacteria in your mouth, reduces plaque buildup and tooth decay. All of this prevents dental cavities and inflammatory gum diseases.