Xylitol All Natural Health Products
|Safe for Hypoglycemics & Diabetics|
|Has a low Glycemic Index of 7|
|40% Less Calories than sugar|
|Metabolism Uses Minimal Insulin|
|Fights & Prevents Ear Infections|
|Combats Dental Cavities|
|Rebuilds Tooth Enamel|
|Discourages Growth of Yeast including Candida Albicans|
|May Help Fight Bacterial Infections|
|May Reduce Sinus Infections|
|Can Help Fight Bad Breath|
Suggested Use: Recommended Daily Serving of 4-12 grams.
"Gum That Stops Cavities.
Secret Ingredient: A sweetener that bacteria hate."
Xylitol is a natural sugar free sweetener found in
plums, strawberries, corn and in the body. Xylitol is an excellent sweetener for the
hypoglycemia diet and those suffering from diabetes and hyperinsulinism.
The goal is to help stabilize insulin and blood glucose levels. Xylitol should be included in the hypoglycemia diet due to its reduced calorie level of 2.4 calories per gram, its low glycemic index rating of seven and the fact that its slowly and partially metabolized.
The remaining unabsorbed xylitol goes to the large intestine where it is turned into short chain fatty acids to provide another energy source independent of insulin.
Xylitol is also metabolized in secondary pathways creating intermediate compounds so that only a portion of xylitol is converted to glycogen.
This is important for the hypoglycemia diet and hyperinsulinism. When glycogen is low, xylitol is converted to glycogen to meet the need but when glucose usage is decreased, the body utilizes the xylitol instead of glycogen.
In this way xylitol acts as a glucose regulator. This greatly assists individuals in a hypoglycemia diet and fluctuating blood glucose levels.
In addition xylitol inhibits bacteria that can cause infection. For persons with diabetes, this is very important. Stay away from sugar and try xylitol today, you'll be glad you did.
Xylitol use for people with diabetes:
Control of blood glucose, weight & lipids are the three major goals of managing diabetes today. Xylitol is slowly absorbed therefore, when xylitol is used, the rise in blood glucose and insulin response associated with the ingestion of glucose is reduced significantly.
The reduced caloric value of xylitol (2.4 calories per gram versus 4.0 for sugar) is consistent with achieving weight control.
In 1986, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review all relevant data concerning xylitol and other polyols.
The FASEB report's scientific conclusions indicate that the use of xylitol in humans is safe.
The report also affirms xylitol's acceptability as an approved food additive for use in foods for special dietary uses.
In 1996, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), a prestigious scientific advisory body to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, confirmed that adverse findings in animal studies conducted in the 1970s are "not relevant to the toxicological evaluation of these substances (e.g., xylitol) in humans."
JECFA has allocated an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of "not specified" for xylitol.
ADI, expressed in terms of body weight, is the amount of a food additive that can be taken daily in the diet over a lifetime without risk.
An ADI of "not specified" is the safest category in which JECFA can place a food additive.
The Scientific Committee for Food of the European Union (EU) also determined xylitol "acceptable" for dietary uses.
How to use Xylitol:
There are many applications that use xylitol. Look for products that use xylitol as the primary sweetener and that encourage chewing or sucking to keep the xylitol in contact with your teeth. The best products are 100% xylitol sweetened. Try xylitol granules in hot and cold drinks, on cereal, as a topical sweetener and in your favorite recipes instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Studies show between 4 to 12 grams of xylitol daily is very effective for dental benefits. That is about 6 to 14 gums or 7 to 18 mints per day. Keeping track of your xylitol intake is easy. You can begin with as little as two pieces of gum or two mints four times a day for a total of four to five grams. It is unnecessary to use more than 20 grams per day. Adapted individuals can consume large amounts of xylitol without a laxative effect.
If used only occasionally such as once per day, xylitol may not be effective regardless of the amount. Use xylitol at least three, and preferably five to seven times every day.
Use immediately after eating and rinsing the mouth by swishing water, if possible. Between meals, use xylitol products in place of ordinary chewing gum, breath mints or breath spray. The key is to consistently use small amounts frequently throughout each day.
In one randomized double-blind study, 850 day care children in Oulu, Finland with a history of recurrent Ear Infections were randomly put into five groups: chewing xylitol gum 5 times a day, swallowing xylitol syrup five times daily or sucking on a xylitol lozenge five times daily. There were two placebo groups; one took gum the other syrup. At the end of the ear infection season, the children in the xylitol syrup group had 32% fewer ear infections than the placebo syrup group. The children in the xylitol chewing gum group had 40% fewer episodes of ear infections than the placebo gum control group. The xylitol lozenge group showed fewer instances of ear infections but not a statistically significant reduction probably because the lozenge did not stay in the mouth long enough to be effective. Gum was chewed for at least five minutes five times daily. Regular xylitol use inhibits Streptococcus mutans and streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay and ear infections respectively.
In August 1987 a 12-month study was performed on a sample of 433 8 and 9 year old Montreal schoolchildren with a high cavities rate from low social-economic areas. The children were divided into three groups: one chewed gum with 65% xylitol content, another chewed gum with 15% xylitol content and the control group did not chew gum. Teachers who supervised the gum chewing for five-minute intervals distributed the gum three times daily. The results showed a 55% reduction in the net decay progression for the children in the two chewing gum groups at the end of twelve months. Additionally, the net decay progression for the 65% xylitol gum group was significantly reduced compared to the 15% xylitol gum group. The results showed a 33% reduction in the net decay progression for the children in the 65% xylitol gum group in comparison to the 15% xylitol gum group. This suggests a directly proportional relationship of xylitol concentration to decreased cavity progression and occurrence.
These findings are similar to those performed as part of the Turku sugar study during a twelve-month clinical study. This Finnish study was conducted to determine the impact of xylitol versus sucrose chewing gum on cavity incidence. The researchers reported a cavity reduction incidence of 83% in the xylitol chewing gum group compared to the sucrose group. (Scheinin et. al., 1975)
More Hypoglycemia Information
1. Peldyak John DMD, XYLITOL Sweeten Your Smile, by Advanced Developments Inc., 1996.
2. By Mitchel L. Zoler Philadelphia Bureau, Medscape. From Pediatric News 31(12): 16, 1997.
3. Kandelman D., Gagnon G. Abstract from J Dent Res 66(8): 1407-1411, August, 1987.
4. Xylitol and Upper Respiratory Infections Uhari M, Kontiokari T, Koskela M, Niemela M. Xylitol chewing gum in prevention of acute otitis media: double blind randomized trial. BMJ 1996 Nov 9, 313(7066):1180-4. (Department of Pediatrics, University of Oulu, Finland.)
5. Xylitol and Adherence of Nasal Bacteria Kontiokari T, Uhari M, Koskela M. Antiadhesive effects of xylitol on otopathogenic bacteria. J Antimicrob Chemother 1998 May; 41(5): 563-5. (Department of Pediatrics, University of Oulu, Finland.)