Xylitol is Natures Natural Sweetener
Chocolate, Mints & Chewing Gum!
Ahhh, Nature’s Sweet Life ... Most people have a “sweet tooth” and many love their chocolate. Chocolate is more than a snack despite recent marketing hype.
This is an indulgence and a reward. Used by the natives of ancient Mesoamerica, chocolate has been recognized for centuries for its ability to give energy, restore vitality and stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain.
When adopting a healthier lifestyle, it usually means giving up both sugar and chocolate but this month we want to introduce you to a product that's been around a long time, but it's only recently received consumer attention.
Is Xylitol Natural?
The name Xylitol (Zi-LA-Tol) may conjure up images of a mad scientist mixing some exotic new chemical compound in a laboratory or perhaps the image of some distant planet in some science fiction story. In reality, neither is true.
A natural compound, Xylitol looks and tastes just like sugar. It is found naturally in many common fruits and vegetables, and it is even produced in our bodies during normal metabolism.
Xylitol Is Sweet And Has Excellent Bacteria Fighting Properties
Xylitol is as sweet as sugar but carries none of the health concerns of sugar and artificial sweeteners which makes it completely safe for both children and adults.
- While regular sugar can wreak havoc on the body, Xylitol heals and repairs
- While sugar is acid-forming in the body, Xylitol is alkaline-enhancing resulting in better health
Unlike most sugar molecules which are based on a six-carbon structure, Xylitol is based on five carbon atoms. Because of its distinctive structure, bacteria cannot utilize Xylitol for energy. Xylitol's chemical configuration also inhibits the body’s ability to fully metabolize it, making it the perfect sweetener for those concerned with blood sugar balance, weight loss or carb counting.
More Good News: Xylitol Can Be Beneficial To Your Health Too
Xylitol as a product was first derived from Birch trees in Finland in the 19th century and was popularized in Europe as a safe sweetener for diabetics that would not impact insulin levels.
Possessing approximately 40% less food energy(calories), Xylitol is a low-calorie alternative to refined and artificial sugars. Absorbed more slowly than sugar, it doesn't contribute to high blood sugar levels or the resulting hyperglycemia caused by insufficient insulin response.
Xylitol also appears to have potential as a treatment for osteoporosis. A group of Finnish researchers have found that dietary Xylitol prevents weakening of bones in laboratory rats, and actually improves bone density.
Ear and upper respiratory infections
Studies have also shown that Xylitol chewing gum can help prevent ear infections as the act of chewing and swallowing assists with the disposal of earwax and clearing the middle ear, whilst the presence of Xylitol prevents the growth of bacteria in the tubes which connect the nose and ear.
A recent report suggests that consumption of Xylitol may help control oral infections of Candida yeast; in contrast, galactose, glucose and sucrose may increase proliferation.
Improves Your Dental Health
Decades of scientific research and over 1,500 published papers have confirmed that Xylitol can improve dental health. Studies have repeatedly shown that incorporating Xylitol-rich products in sufficient quantities (8-10 grams of Xylitol) into your daily routine has substantial oral health benefits.
When used regularly, Nature’s Sweet Life products provide a rich source of Xylitol that has been shown in clinical studies to be non-cariogenic (does not cause or promote avities).
Regular use of Xylitol has been shown to help reduce dental plaque – the first stage of cavity development, tartar formation and tooth staining – and promote better oral health.
This month we're very pleased to announce a new line of products called Nature's Sweet Life which harness the health benefits of Xylitol. These handy products also make great gifts. Chocolate bars, gums and mints.
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As one of Canada's top Holistic Natural Health Practitioners (a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Master Herbalist & Clinically Certified Iridologist), Diane and her team of practitioners have helped thousands of people successfully address a wide range of problems naturally from her wellness centres in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).