Xylitol The Food Additive Of The Day

The FDA has approved xylitol as a food additive or sweetener.

Xylitol is a carbohydrate found in the birch tree and in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables and is therefore considered natural.  It is a white crystalline powder.  Since it is a refined sweetener,  so it doesn’t contain any vitamins, minerals or protein.  Therefore, an“empty” calorie.

Table Sugar: 4 calories per gram.     Xylitol: 2.4 calories per gram.

Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer calories and it has a very Low Glycemic Index and Doesn’t Spike Blood Sugar or Insulin.

The glycemic index measures how quickly foods raise blood sugar. Xylitol is only 7, compared to regular sugar, which is 60-70.

MEDICAL POSITIVES
•dentists like it because it is not converted to acids that cause tooth decay in the mouth.

•It is believed to be a big component in fighting middle ear infections in children.  Some studies showed that children who chewed Xylitol gum reduced their chances of developing an ear infection by 40%.

SIDE AFFECTS
•If you take large amounts of xylitol, such as 30 to 40 grams, you may experience diarrhea or gas. Increasing the dose gradually may help minimize these effects.

•Xylitol is Highly Toxic to Dogs.  When dogs eat xylitol, their bodies mistakenly think that they’ve ingested glucose and start producing large amounts of insulin.   This can lead to hypoglycemia and be fatal.

Sources of Information:

https://authoritynutrition.com/xylitol-101/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/xylitol-uses-and-risks

http://www.livestrong.com/article/85091-dangers-xylitol/

http://www.glyconutritionforlife.org/Science_of_Glyconutrients/Xylose.php

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