Xylitol is the natural sweetener that tastes like sugar, has less calories, doesn’t create cavities, and has many other health benefits. Move over, sugar!
The Natural Sweetener With Many Health Benefits
“Sugar is sugar.” Every time I see that deceptive commercial, I wonder how the actor must feel getting paid to tell a total lie: sugar IS NOT sugar, and most people know this by now, I hope.
High-fructose corn syrup is not the same as cane sugar, honey, or molasses.
Making Sense of Sugar and Sweeteners
I’ve recently been looking into all kinds of sweetener options — sugar, artificial sweeteners, and syrups.
I already wrote about agave nectar not being a good sweetener alternative, because agave syrup is as bad as high-fructose corn syrup.
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In my research, I read lot of posts and watched YouTube videos about sugar substitutes.
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The winner of all natural sweeteners is: Xylitol!!!
Don’t know what it is?
It’s not just another word you can use to teach a preschooler the letter x.
Xylitol is the natural sweetener that
- tastes like sugar
- has less calories
- doesn’t create cavities
- and has many other health benefits
The Many Benefits of Xylitol Sweetener
Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, corn cobs and various hardwood trees like birch.
It is a natural, intermediate product that regularly occurs in our glucose metabolism.
While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs.
It also builds immunity, protects against chronic degenerative disease, and has anti-aging benefits.
It has 40% less calories than sugar and can replace sugar in cooking, baking or as a sweetener for beverages.
Xylitol also dramatically reduces the incidents of middle ear infections (if kids chew xylitol-flavored chewing gum).
It is a perfect sweetener for people with diabetes, and increases your bone density and fights osteoporosis.
My favorite aspect of it is that is helps with tooth decay since my son is prone to cavities. It helps to restore a proper alkaline/acid balance in the mouth and reverses destructive effects of sugar on oral health. It even has the ability to enhance the mineralization of the enamel and can stabilize cavities.
With so many health benefits, xylitol is clearly the winner when it comes to sweeteners.
I suspects we will see it appear in many more products very soon, hopefully replacing chemical, artificial sweeteners for good.
I’ve already bought marmalade with xylitol — this one is super yummy, and you don’t have to worry about a sugar spike or cavities! Win-win!
One important note: you can get it in bulk for not much money by now, but beware! That kind is processed from corn husks, which could be genetically modified (GMO) and is most likely not organicand from China.
Make sure the xylitol you buy is real birch sugar — search for “birch xylitol.”
I buy like the Xyla brand made from non-GMO birch made in the US.
I’ve bought many of their products with xylitol: their small packs for coffee, jams, lollipops, and gum.
Caution: xylitol is fatal for dogs, so make sure that everyone in your household knows that and doesn’t feed the dog the cookies you just made with it, or anything else you use it for.
Here is to healthier life, but still as sweet!