As a low calorie sweetener, Xylitol has a wonderfully sweet taste, with no unpleasant aftertaste that you get with other sweeteners, like stevia. It can be used as a sweetener and is found in certain brands of toothpaste, mouthwash and nasal spray as well as chewing gum and mints. Here are some more facts about xylitol that you may not know:
- Xylitol has also been proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Research shows that xylitol helps prevent bacteria and irritants from adhering to upper respiratory passages when used as a nasal wash.
- Studies have also shown that 8 grams of xylitol, taken orally every day, prevent about 40% of ear infections.
- Use of xylitol raises the pH of saliva in the mouth. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to precipitate into those parts of enamel where they are lacking. Because of this, consuming xylitol has demonstrated the arrest and even some reversal of existing dental caries.
- The body does not require insulin to metabolize xylitol. This has made xylitol a widely used sweetener for diabetics. (If you do have diabetes, consult your doctor or diet professional before incorporating xylitol into your diet.)
- Studies using xylitol as either a sugar substitute or a small dietary addition have demonstrated a dramatic reduction in new tooth decay. This xylitol benefit is long-lasting and possibly permanent. Low decay rates persisted even years after the trials were completed.
- It can be deadly for dogs - if you have dogs, make sure they can't get into any xylitol products.
- Regular use of Xylitol reduces the oral levels of Streptococcus Mutans.
Have you tried using xylitol? What did you think?