Xylitol as a safe and natural sweetener

Xylitol as a safe sweetener

I use Xylitol myself for raw food dessert recipes, smoothies and elixir drinks. As I have Type 1 diabetes I feel good using it knowing that it will not increase my blood sugar and I will not need to take an insulin injection to counteract it…

Xylitol tastes and looks just like sugar, it is a safe and natural alternative to sugar. It can be used as a substitute for sugar in cooking, baking, smoothies, and desserts and it leaves no unpleasant aftertaste.

Xylitol occurs naturally in small amounts in berries, vegetables, corn cobs and mushrooms. Essentially xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has five carbon atoms. Other sweeteners like sorbitol and glucose have six. This means it is not converted into acids that cause tooth decay in the mouth due to its molecular structure.

The benefits of using xylitol as a sugar substitute include:

  • Glycemic index of 7 (sucrose is 60)
  • Safe for diabetics as it has a minimal effect on blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Inhibits yeast, including Candida Albicans (It actually helps fight yeast infestation)
  • It can inhibit plaque and dental cavities  *Xylitol toothpaste is recommended by dentists
  • Promotes the re-mineralization, of tooth enamel

Xylitol is being used more and more in health products as a safe sugar replacement. For example in chewing gum, mints and hygiene products, such as nasal and mouth washes, because it inhibits bacteria growth. Xylitol is formally approved in over 50 countries worldwide. It has no known toxic levels except in quantities over 90 gm/day which may have a laxative effect. It is safer than artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, acesulfame K, and neotame which have a toxic effects on the human body and produce symptoms such as headaches, nausea, depression and anxiety.