Why sugar should be replaced with xylitol

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Sugar is one of the most unhealthy foods in the modern human diet. It is sugar that contributes to accelerated aging, the formation of wrinkles and damage to blood vessels. Read more about this in the article "10 reasons why you should give up sugar".

Eating behavior, instilled since childhood, does not allow many to give up sweets, from adding sugar to food and drinks. Unsweetened drinks seem tasteless. For this reason, those who can't stop eating sweets are looking for a sweetener that doesn't taste too different from sugar and doesn't harm their health.

Of all the possible sweeteners, the most worthy and useful substitute for sugar is xylitol. Here are some reasons why xylitol is considered the best sweetener.

  • Xylitol tastes like sugar and has a low glycemic index (a measure of how quickly a food raises blood sugar). All this gives xylitol a number of undeniable advantages over other sweets.
  • Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has nothing to do with alcohol. It does not cause intoxication. The raw material for the production of xylitol is natural raw materials – agricultural waste and hardwood.
  • Xylitol has a lower calorie content compared to sugar, does not give an abrupt spike in blood glucose, and therefore does not lead to a sharp release of insulin. Due to these properties, it is indicated for people who are overweight, people with a predisposition to diabetes and people with diabetes, and is an excellent alternative to sugar.
  • Research confirms that xylitol reduces the symptoms of diabetes, improves metabolism and prevents weight gain.
  • Xylitol has a huge advantage over sugar in terms of dental health and prevention of cavities. Oral bacteria that feed on glucose cannot feed on xylitol. By replacing sugar with xylitol, we take care of oral hygiene.

    When we use xylitol gum or use xylitol as a sweetener, we block the sugar metabolism of pathogenic bacteria and they starve to death. At the same time, xylitol has no effect on beneficial bacteria.

Why sugar should be replaced with xylitol

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  • Xylitol increases the absorption of calcium in the gastrointestinal tract, which has a positive effect on the structure of teeth and bones. Xylitol may also serve as a defense against osteoporosis by increasing bone volume and bone mineral content.
  • Xylitol increases the production of saliva, which contains calcium phosphate, which is good for teeth, and also reduces the acidity of saliva, preventing tooth enamel from breaking down. Studies show that when replacing sugar with xylitol, cavities are reduced by 30-85%!
  • There is evidence from studies in rats showing that xylitol can increase the production of collagen, which prevents skin aging. The collagen protein is widely distributed in the body and is found in both skin and connective tissue.

Xylitol is generally well tolerated, but it should be started with small doses so that the body gradually gets used to the changes. Large doses of xylitol immediately without preparation of the body can give undesirable effects. It could be gas, bloating, or indigestion. The body quickly gets used to xylitol and tolerates it very well.

Sugar can be safely replaced with xylitol in a 1:1 ratio.

Attention! If you have a dog at home – in no case do not give her xylitol. It is deadly for dogs!

Xylitol can be purchased from the diet food section. Xylitol is a crystalline powder that looks and tastes almost like sugar. Completely soluble in water without making the solution cloudy.

Why sugar should be replaced with xylitol

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When the question arises of what to replace sugar with, as an alternative to xylitol, the sweet plant stevia can be used as a sweetener. It is also called "honey grass". Stevia is very sweet but has no calories. There are several human studies showing its health benefits. Stevia has the ability to slightly lower blood pressure. However, many people find the taste of stevia extremely unpleasant.

All other sweeteners and sweeteners are quite unhealthy. Many are carcinogenic and banned, such as aspartame, saccharin, cyclamate, thaumatin. Artificial tableted instant sugar substitutes that are sold in stores contain soda.

Quite dangerous is the sweetener for diabetics – sorbitol. Sorbitol does not save from diabetes, but rather exacerbates the disease. Sorbitol, unlike xylitol, provides a tasty breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria that inhabit the intestines, which provokes their uncontrolled growth and creates a lot of problems.

All of the above data suggests that xylitol is the best sweetener with a number of health benefits and a geroprotective effect. This means that by replacing sugar with xylitol, we can stay young longer.