Xylitol is a 100% naturally occurring sweetener, not an artificial chemical like Splenda, Equal or Sweet‘N Low. Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in various vegetables and fruits such as yellow plums, strawberries and raspberries as well as corn husks, birch, oats, and mushrooms. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar without the harmful side affects.
The average American consumes as much as 150 to 180 pounds of sugar a year! Excess sugar consumption can deteriorate the body and cause weight gain, hyperglycemia and lead to obesity and diabetes. It increases bad cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure which can increase the risk of heart disease. But xylitol repairs, heals, protects against chronic disease, and builds immunity.
Xylitol is as sweet as sugar with 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates. Absorbed by the body slower than sugar, it has a fresh and cooling affect with no aftertaste.
Consuming sugar allows bacteria on the teeth to multiply and create acids that attack the enamel which leads to the formation of cavities and tooth decay. This acid-producing bacteria in the mouth is unable to digest xylitol, therefor slowing its growth and decreasing the amount of plaque and decay.
Our body naturally produces up to 15 grams of xylitol per day. However, supplemental xylitol has proven to be uniquely beneficial. It will hinder the growth of harmful bacteria in the body, strengthen teeth, stimulate saliva flow, reduce respiratory infection, prevent ear infections and reduce intraocular pressure- a condition that can develop into glaucoma. Xylitol will NOT impact insulin levels, making it an excellent alternative to sugar for those on a diabetic diet.
Xylitol is recommended worldwide by medical and health professionals and organizations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations all agree xylitol is a safe and natural sweetener for you and your family.