Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute. It looks and tastes like sugar, has 40% less calories than sugar and is suitable for diabetics.
Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute. It looks and tastes like sugar, has 40% less calories than sugar and is suitable for diabetics. Xylitol can be substituted gram for gram for sugar in drinks and cooking. It can actually stop the bacteria in your mouth from causing decay if used 4 or 5 times a day, e.g. in toothpaste, tea or coffee or chewed in xylitol sweetened gum. Here's how it works ...
Tooth decay is caused by acids that melt the enamel and cause a break in the tooth surface. This acid is produced by bacteria that digest the sugars and starches we eat. Bacteria need acid to stick to each other and to tooth surfaces, but this acid causes tooth decay. There's a new, natural sugar substitute that doesn't cause acid, so it actually prevents tooth decay.
Most sugars and sugar substitutes can be digested by bacteria to make acid. All except xylitol, which is a natural sugar that comes from fruits, vegetables, and birch bark and is also made in small amounts in the human body. Xylitol looks and tastes just like table sugar, with a cool mint finish.
Bacteria take sugar molecules through their cell wall to produce acid. Xylitol is a smaller size than regular sugar, so it goes through the outer membrane of the bacteria faster. Bacteria can't digest it, so they use energy to pump the Xylitol molecule outside the membrane. Deriving no energy from the xylitol, the bacteria can't make acid. Without acid, the bacteria can't stick to each other or to your teeth. Think of it as constipating the bacteria. They can't make acid from xylitol, so they simply slide off the teeth and down the throat without causing tooth decay.
For best results, use Xylitol several times during the day to reduce both acid and bacteria. Start your day with Xylitol toothpaste and mouthrinse. Enjoy xylitol mints, sweets or xylitol gum after meals and snacks. End your day with xylitol toothpaste and mouthrinse and wake up the next morning feeling fresh. Look for products sweetened with only xylitol.