If you are looking for a sugar substitute but have yet to find the perfect one, it is time to consider one of the most popular choices of sugar subs: xylitol.
Stevia has been one of the most popular healthy alternatives choices for sweeteners but Xylitol has also made an impact on the sugar market. This natural product has being widely used not only as an alternative way to replace sugar in everything from baking to beverages but also by companies manufacturing products such as chewing gum or toothpaste.
Xylitol has been used as a sugar substitute for many years a this alcohol form of xylose has less effect on blood sugar or insulin levels compared with sucrose. A useful sugar substitute for diabetics, xylitol can also inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, including those that cause tooth decay and ear infections.
Xylitol occurs naturally in straw, corncobs, fruit, vegetables, cereals, mushrooms, and some seaweed. For use in food manufacturing, xylitol is extracted from birch wood chips. Xylitol may be found in many foods labeled as “sugar-free,” including hard candies, cookies, soft drinks, and throat lozenges. Xylitol is recognized as a safe food additive by the U.S. government.
In addition, xylitol has been used in chewing gum products due to ts ability to help cleaning up teeth, decreasing tooth decay and dental plaque acid production. Scientific research has showed that regular use of xylitol may reduce dental cavities by as much as 80% and may prevent gingivitis as well. Most of xylitol sugar-free products will help keeping a fresh breath, and it will actually work whitening and protecting your teeth as you chew.
Natural toothpastes have also been utilizing xylitol to promote a cooling and moisturizing effect on a dry mouth, while natural ingredients, such as mint and cinnamon, may add a refreshing flavor.
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