Xylitol is an all natural sugar alcohol found in fruits, vegetables and even produced by the human body. It contains 40% less calories than actual sucrose, and does not effect insulin nor promote tooth decay. It also has a low glycemic index so blood sugar level is seldom effected by it. Safe for diabetics, there are also several other health benefits including. Xylitol has shown it has potential as a treatment for osteoporosis. It helps control Candida yeast, it helps increase the activity of white blood cells that fight bacteria, and chewing Xylitol gum has been shown to decrease ear and upper respiratory infections.
Xylitol, which is far more popular in other countries than it is in the United States, can be found in several products including XyloSweet, Xlear, Spry gum, toothpaste and mouthwash, and SparX Candy.
Xlear Xylitol Nasal Spray http://www.xlear.com/eSource/ecom/eSource/items/itemDetail.aspx?&page=&itemNum=XLM&siteId=2
Made to help battle irritation from allergens, pollutants and germs, this nasal spray really helped with my allergy attacks. The spray does not burn, but instead soothes and moisturizes the nose relieving pain, swelling and itchy feelings. Because of the Zylitol it has a sweet scent instead of a medicinal one.
Spry Spearmint Gum
I am generally not a gum chewer simply because it often hurts my extremely sensitive teeth, but I did try out these small pieces of gum. They are a little on the hard side until you get the chewing going some, but I felt that more in my jaws than in my actual teeth. The flavor is good, and it does lasts for a significant amount of time. Each stick has less than 2 calories, and chewing after a meal may help to prevent dental problems such as cavities. The gum comes in several flavors including: lemon mint, cinnamon, fresh fruit, green tea and peppermint.
Spry Lemon Blast Mints
I loved the flavor of these mints, but kept finding myself wanting to bite them and boy are they hard! They come in peppermint, and berry mint also. These are extremely low in calories and are recommended for use after eating to freshen breath and to reduce plaque forming bacteria to prevent cavities from forming.
Spry Xylitol Cinnamon Toothpaste
Great tasting non-flouride toothpaste (fluoride varieties are also available), that leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh. Even the mint toothpaste does not have that over sweet taste to it making it taste almost like candy.
Spry Oral Rinse
Even though this mouth rinse does contain alcohol, it doesn’t give you the shudders like some of the ones out there. Made with many natural ingredients such as marigold, thyme, Echinacea extracts and aloe vera, this mouth rinse taste goods, kills germs and bacteria and freshens breath in a natural way without using ingredients that can actually end up harming your teeth in the long run.
XyloSweet sugar substitute
As a tea drinker, I did like the XyloSweet, though it did seem I did need a little bit more than what I would have used of other sweeteners. It has 1/3 the calories of regular sugars and a glycemic index of only 7.
If you are looking for a new alternative to sugar, Xylitol may be worth looking into for you.