What is it? Sugar alcohol used as a sweetener.
Xylitol is considered to be actively beneficial for dental health by reducing cavities, and helpful in remineralization.
Helps reduce incidence of acute middle ear infections in children.
A study in laboratory rats that compared xylitol to other artificial sweeteners found that xylitol had fewer or no side effects, had fewer calories, and was less likely to cause cavities than table sugar.
Xylitol is useful in recovery after heavy exercise, because the human body converts absorbed xylitol to glucose 6-phosphate and glycogen; which contributes to muscle repair and growth.
Compared to sugar:
1 gram xylitol: 2.43 calories VS. 1 gram sugar: 3.87 calories.
Virtually no aftertaste, and is advertised as safe for diabetics and individuals with hyperglycemia.
Xylitol has a Glycemic index of 7 VS. Sugar has a glycemic index of 58
Xylitol is considered tooth-friendly.
Xylitol acts as a dietary soluble fiber.
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Information from: Wikipedia, wholehealthmd.com and sugar.org