We all know that sugar wrecks havoc on our bodies—yet we still eat it everyday. You probably do this for many reasons, like convenience or taste. If you are getting tired of hearing about the negative effects of sugar, then maybe it’s time to do something about it. But don’t worry; you’re not alone.
More and more consumers are demanding sugar alternatives that don’t cause cancer. That’s where natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol come in. And you’ve probably already guessed that these alternatives have benefits for your teeth. Xylitol is exciting to many people because not only does it provide great taste with the sweetness of sugar, it prevents cavities, especially when you eat it in candy and gum.
Xylitol in Candy
We wrote about xylitol in a previous article on the importance of keeping sugar out of your mouth. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that can replace sugar. When xylitol is used in candy, you eliminate the sugar particles that usually get stuck in the teeth and cause tooth decay. Xylitol provides sweetness without causing bacteria growth in the mouth.
Not only does xylitol fool your mouth, it fools your body. It does not digest like sugar so that your blood sugar is not impacted very much–great for diabetics! So when you eat xylitol candy, not only do you save your teeth, you save your waistline. It’s something of a win-win situation. And you can find most xylitol candy (such as gum, lollipops, caramels, taffy, mints, and hard candies) at their online stores, such as Dr. John’s, Xylitol USA, Xlear, and at Amazon. Ice Chips brand xylitol candy can be found in-store, however, so if you live near any of these stores, you are in luck.
Xylitol in Toothpaste
Now that you know xylitol is a good alternative for candy, you might want to see it in other things. Like toothpaste, for example. Xylitol in toothpaste serves to protect the teeth from decay by restoring minerals to teeth that have been stripped. So not only does xylitol provide sweetness without triggering the bacteria that decays teeth, thus preventing cavities, it’s actually good for your teeth because it aids in mineral production. The toothpaste brands on this page will help you start incorporating xylitol into your bathroom routine.
Xylitol in Food
Xylitol’s uses extend beyond processed food and toothpaste. You can use it in baking at home. That’s right—you can purchase packaged xylitol at supermarkets and health food stores. It is granulated like real sugar, it tastes like sugar, so you can use it to replace sugar on an ingredient list, or even to sprinkle on top of baked desserts or fruit. Check out this article about how to use xylitol to replace sugar in baking. If you want to hear about baking with xylitol from someone like you, this blogger offers invaluable tips. And here’s one recipe to try at home with packaged xylitol: Quick and Easy Brownies.
Do you use xylitol?
Xylitol is growing in popularity because of its proclivity to protect the wasteline as well as it’s ability to prevent the dreaded cavity. Next time you’re at the store, flip over the toothpaste box and gum package and make sure xylitol is a star ingredient.
What do you think of xylitol? Do you make sure your processed food only sweetens with xylitol, or do you use it in baking? Let us know. Do you prefer xylitol toothpaste? How does it differ from commercial toothpaste? Get in on the discussion so that we can all learn from each other. Plus, we never ignore a comment. Leave one now!