Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Benefits of Xylitol

Are you familiar with Xylitol? Ir is a great and safe alternative for sugar!
Xylitol was discovered in the late 19th century, and was first popularized in Europe as a safe sweetener for people with diabetes that would not impact insulin levels. Its dental significance was researched in Finland in the early 1970s, when scientists at Turku University showed it had significant dental benefits. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in fibers of many vegetables and fruits such as husks from corn, mushrooms, many types of berries, oats, plums, birch, corn, raspberries. It tastes just like sugar, but with 40% less calories!

Absorbed more slowly than sugar, it does not contribute to high blood sugar levels or the resulting hyperglycemia caused by insufficient insulin response. This characteristic has also proven beneficial for people suffering from metabolic syndrome, a common disorder that includes insulin resistance, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and an increased risk for blood clots.
What's more, xylitol reduces tooth decay. From the chemical point of view, it has 5 carbon atoms, which means that bacteria and yeast won't be able to process it. 
Xylitol has no known toxicity in humans. In one study, participants consumed a diet containing a monthly average of 1.5 kg of xylitol with a maximum daily intake of 430 g with no apparent ill effects. Xylitol is known to be safe for pregnant and nursing women.

Xylitol can be found in special food stores and at amazon.com

Sources: Wikipedia, Sideeffectsdb

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