Discover the benefits of xylitol, the safe alternative to sugar
For many generations, families have used the ubiquitous refined white cane sugar for sweetening drinks and foods, completely oblivious to the many health consequences.
In 2009, 50% of Americans were consuming at least half a pound of refined sugar per day in food and drink products, an incredible 180 pounds of refined sugar per year.
These are just a few of the adverse health consequences potentially arising from the use of refined cane sugar in any food or drink:
- Causes acidosis, the origin of a vast array of serious diseases
- Feeds “bad,” pathogenic bacteria in the gut, weakening the immune system
- Feeds cancer cells making primary use of sugar to multiply and grow
- Causes tooth decay
- Contributes to diabetes
- Contributes to obesity
- Causes an energy deficit, experienced as tiredness and fatigue
- Affects brain function through B vitamin and “good microbe” depletion
- Leaches vital vitamins and minerals from bones and other parts of the body
- Converts to fatty acids which are deposited in the heart, kidneys and other organs
There are literally hundreds of further deleterious effects to health.
While alternative natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, stevia, agave, molasses, fructose and others avoid some or many of these issues, they still often fail the body in two main areas – they feed bad microbes in the gut and therefore weaken the immune system, and they cause the body to become more acidic, the root of countless health conditions.
Why xylitol is so different from sugar and highly beneficial to health
Although xylitol looks, tastes and behaves exactly like a sugar, it is actually not a sugar at all but a “sugar alcohol.” This does not mean that it is alcoholic but that it contains five carbon atoms as opposed to the six carbon atoms of a sugar.
Xylitol is all natural, being extracted mostly from the bark of birch trees, the original source, but also from many other fibrous vegetables. A word of caution -xylitol is being increasingly made from corn husks. Corn husk xylitol should always be avoided on the basis that the corn from which it was processed may well be GMO.
Here are just a few of the numerous health benefits of xylitol
- Looks, tastes and behaves like sugar and is totally interchangeable
- Suitable for diabetics due to low glycemic index
- Antibacterial, antiviral for protecting against and fighting infections
- Anti-fungal, fighting candida, yeast and other fungal infections
- Alkalizing, thereby helping to maintain the body at a healthy alkaline pH
- Probiotic and therefore feeds “good microbes” to strengthen the immune system
- Anti-pathogenic microbial, killing bad microbes that weaken the immune system
- Stabilizes insulin and hormone levels in harmony with the endocrine system
- Reduces craving for food and calories, thereby assisting weight loss
- Beneficial for helping sinus, ear and nose infections
Xylitol looks, tastes and behaves like sugar without all the harmful health consequences while being extremely beneficial for general health.