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Sep 20, 2019

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What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener and it’s a sugar alcohol. The sweetness of xylitol is equal to that of normal sugar with 2.4 calories per gram. It is found naturally in some fruits and veggies but it’s processed from birch tree or from xylan plant fiber. Xylitol is used in candies, sugar-free chewing gums, other sugar free products and oral care products.

Advantages of Xylitol

1. Low Glycemic index

  • Xylitol has a lower glycemic index which maintains the blood glucose level. Xylitol’s glycemic index (GI) is 7 and it seems to be low when compared to the GI of table sugar which is 60 - 70.
  • It also has fewer calories. Table sugar contains 4 calories per gram whereas xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram and this contributes to the lower glucose levels as well as it helps in weight loss program.

2. Role in Dental Health

  • Xylitol boosts up the oral and dental health and also helps in preventing tooth decay.
  • Streptococcus mutans, an oral bacterium mainly responsible for tooth caries.
  • These bacteria obtain food from the glucose which we consume and initiate cavities over your tooth.
  • Xylitol reduces the availability of food to those harmful bacteria and prevents it from causing tooth caries.
  • It strengthens your teeth by increasing the absorption of calcium from your digestive system.
  • Xylitol even reduces halitosis (Oral Malodour) caused by bacteria. Xylitol containing chewing gums helps in the reduction of bad breath.
  • It repairs the damaged enamel by its alkalizing effect. After taking up the xylitol foods its increases the oral PH. When its above 7, the calcium and phosphate salts move to the weaker parts of enamel and makes it stronger and harder, thus repairing the damaged enamel.

3. For Bones

  • Xylitol increases the bone mineral density.
  • It helps in the absorption of calcium from your body which prevents osteoporosis and makes the bone stronger.
  • Acidity in the body leeches calcium out of your body which makes your bones weaker but the alkalizing effect of xylitol reduces the acidity of your body and also reduces its negative effects.

4. Reduces Ear Infections

  • Ear infections are also caused by the bacteria in the oral cavity as both are interconnected.
  • As we discussed above, xylitol helps in reducing the survival of bacteria thereby reducing ear infections.
  • The ear infection rate is found to be reduced by 40 %

5. Helps in Digestion

  • Xylitol improves digestion as its effects are equal to that of dietary fiber over the gut.
  • It increases the gut function efficaciously.
  • It also helps in reducing gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation, ulcers, diarrhea, hemorrhoids etc.,
  • Xylitol helps in promoting the growth of good bacteria in the gut, encouraging good gut flora. 

Other Benefits

  • Xylitol also reduces the yeast infections caused by Candida Albicans.
  • Xylitol has the anti-bacterial properties which kick off the bacterial infections in the body.
  • As xylitol has the anti-bacterial qualities, it helps in clearing sinus and improves sinus health.
  • Xylitol increases the white blood cells which boost up the immune system.
  • Xylitol increases collagen production, providing you with an anti-aging effect for your skin.

For people with diabetes, obesity or other metabolic problems, xylitol is considered to be an excellent alternative to sugar along with its enormous benefits.