Global Body Change
7 Big Reasons To Switch To Xylitol
Global Body Change. Healthy Living Magazine
Xylitol is a sugar from the birch tree. It is just as sweet as other sugars. But other sugars have six carbon atoms and xylitol has only five, which, as it turns out, cavity and disease-causing bacteria in the body cannot digest.
It also interferes with their ability to latch onto the body’s respiratory and other mucous membrane tissues and has a very slow absorption rate; these effects can be quite global for the body. Xylitol’s effects translate into seven big reasons to use it in baking for sweetening.
1. Weight Loss
Xylitol has 40% fewer calories. One teaspoon of xylitol equals 9.6 calories to the equal amount of sugar that contains 15.
2. low-carb diet and paleo
Xylitol contains zero net effective carbohydrates, which makes it a hit for any low carb diet, particularly Paleo. Sugar, on the other hand, contains 4 grams per teaspoon.
3. blood sugar control
In Europe, xylitol’s first uses were as a sugar substitute for diabetics and people with blood sugar problems. Xylitol has a very low glycemic index, which means its absorption rate in the human body is slow. Table sugar is 100; that’s fast into the bloodstream. Xylitol is 7.
4. Bone Density
Xylitol remineralizes bones just as it does dental enamel, and doctors say it can become part of an anti-osteoporosis diet.
5. Breaks Ear Infection
Xylitol leads to fewer ear infections because of its ability to prevent bacterial growth in the respiratory passages that offer passage of germs into the middle ear via the Eustachian tube. Although we think of ear infections in terms of children’s pain and suffering, I know quite a few friends, especially female, who’ve suffered recurrent ear infections too, sometimes after swimming, or scuba diving or travel. Xylitol is for them.
6. Candida Diet
Xylitol inhibits oral candida yeast; table sugar (sucrose) feeds the parasite. Using xylitol when fighting candida infection in baking can go a long way toward taming the microscopic beast.
7. repairs cavities
Xylitol reduces tooth decay and arrests and even reverses existing dental caries. Xylitol may actively aid in repairing minor cavities caused by dental caries and remineralizes dental enamel. Xylitol has a plaque-reducing effect. Its effects appear to be lasting.