Xylitol is not an artificial sweetener like aspartame and sucralose. Chemically speaking, Xylitol differs from other sweeteners such as sorbitol, fructose and glucose because its molecule has five, instead of six, carbon atoms. Most bacteria and yeast in the mouth are unable to make use of Xylitol.
It is much sweeter than sorbitol, for instance. While it contains about 40% fewer calories than sugar, Xylitol's sweetening power is the same as that of sucrose (table sugar). Xylitol is an important supplement because it may help to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Xylitol is known to have many health benefits associated with its use:
Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963, Xylitol is sugar’s mirror image without its lethal effects on our body. This natural sweetener has come a long way and helps us build immunity, protects us against chronic degenerative diseases and has anti-aging benefits. Thus it is now being used in the below-mentioned food and medical applications:
To be used as directed by the physician.
Xylitol is best known for its cavity-fighting capabilities, although studies have also shown it can reduce ear infections. Xylitol has a unique molecular structure that keeps certain types of bacteria, especially cavity-causing bacteria, from breaking it down for food. Without food, the bacteria don’t have energy. Without energy, they can’t grow or create acid that causes cavities. Studies have also shown that xylitol can strongly impact the Strep pneumo bacteria, a major cause of ear infections. In one study, children who regularly chewed Xylitol gum had an almost 50% reduction in ear infections. These children used at least 8 grams of Xylitol daily. Using at least 6-8 grams of Xylitol each day is an important way to improve your health.
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