The Xylitol Difference
A sugar that promotes healthy teeth? It may sound a bit far-fetched. but it’s true. Xylitol is a white crystalline sugar alcohol that looks and tastes just like the sugar in your sugar bowl. Xylitol is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables like berries, plums, lettuce and mushrooms. But, instead of promoting tooth decay, xylitol actually help prevent it.
What makes xylitol so special? While at first glance this natural substance might be mistaken for refined sugar, it yields 40 percents fewer calories than sugar. But it’s xylitol’s health benefits that make this natural sweetener so remarkable. Xylitol:
- help prevent tooth decay;
- reduces plaque formation on teeth;
- blocks the acids that demineralize tooth enamel;
- helps repair damaged enamel;
- halts the growth of specific types of acid-producing bacteria linked to tooth decay;
- helps reduce gingival inflammation;
- relieves dry mouth;
- helps maintain upper-respiratory health and thwarts ear infections by combating bacteria in the nasopharynx;
- may help prevent osteoporosis;
- does not trigger an insulin reaction in the body, making it useful for diabetics and those who are hypoglycemic;
- has a low rating on the glycemic index (7); and
- is safe for all ages in amounts needed for dental benefits.
As taken from the better nutrition Magazine, Dental Health, John Pedyak, DMD and Active Interest Media, Inc.