Wednesday, April 27, 2016

X is for Xylitol

How can we combat the sugar epidemic?

The dangers of sugars and refined carbohydrates in the diet have been well documented. Excess consumption of sugar can cause hypoglycemia and weight gain, leading to diabetes and obesity. Sugar also raises blood pressure, triglycerides and bad cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. Children who consume excess sugar have difficulty concentrating and learning. And that’s just scraping the surface of the havoc sugar causes on our systems!
Considering Americans consume an estimated whopping 68.5 pounds of sugar per person, per year, the nutritional need for a safe, natural sweetener that tastes great and does not lead to health problems is more critical than ever. That sweetener is xylitol!
 

Benefits of Xylitol: The “sugar” that won’t wreck your body

While Xylitol is just as sweet as table sugar (sucrose), it has about 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates. That in itself can make a big impact on your waistline! Importantly, xylitol is slowly absorbed and metabolized, resulting in very negligible changes in insulin. With this Xylitol benefit, it won’t raise your blood sugar like regular sugar, which puts tremendous strain on your system, causing negative health effects.

Many healthy benefits for diabetics

Thanks to its insulin-independent nature, xylitol has been used in Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Japan as a preferred sweetener for diabetic diets since the 1960’s. If you do have diabetes, however, it’s important to consult your doctor or diet professional before incorporating xylitol into your daily diet.

15 comments:

  1. Xylitol is my favorite sugar substitute. Great X!

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  2. We use stevia almost exclusively now. It is a healthy natural sweetener that measures like sugar. We don't use Equal, Splenda or SweetnLow anymore at all. I read that xylitol is deadly for pets. That's kind of scary.

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  3. I've never heard of this. I'll have to look it up!

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  4. Thank you for the interesting information on Xylitol sweetener. It is a blessing to have a good sugar substitute.

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  5. I shared this information on Face Book - Thank you.

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  6. Most sweeteners have issues, though. It might be insulin-independent, but is it safe?

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  7. I've kicked sugar to the curb and I use stevia most of the time. It's taken awhile to get used to the taste, but I'm fine with it now. My next step is learning to bake low carb and sugar free.

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  8. This is also something that I have not heard of. Sounds like a good substitute!

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  9. Hadn't heard of this product. Good to know. Thanks. Congrats on a great X post!

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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  10. Good info! I'm currently using Truvia.

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  11. I love this!! I came across this when I was dealing with a terrible rash and other health issues due to refined white sugar. I am amazed at how well this is for baking. Sometimes I mix Xylitol with coconut palm sugar when I bake.
    So nice to visit with you, dear friend.
    The Lord bless you~~

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  12. While i've heard of it, i've never researched it. Thanks for the head's up!

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  13. Another alternative to some of the now proven harmful sugar substitutes of the past. I am still cautious as we tend to view each new discovery as the wonder answer, and we don't know what long-term studies will show.

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  14. Thanks for this information, Denise. I haven't heard of this one, either. We'll have to look into it.

    Have a blessed day!

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