Xylitol - The New King Of Sugar And Good For You.


Xylitol is the new kid on the block.  Ther are many types of sugars out there, but this is the first one that is acutally good for your health.  These is plenty of emerging evidence that Xylitol has many postive effects on health and wellness.  Dentistry has been promoting this product for some time, but new evidence shows some benefit in kids with frequent ear infections.  Read on to learn more.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a non-fermentable sugar.  Actually an alcohol type sugar.  No not the kind found in beer and wine, but from a chemical standpoint the structure is similar.  It is found in the fibers 
many fruits and vegetables. Being a sugar alcohol by structure, the bacteria in our mouths can not consume or digest it.  This prevenets the formation of the harmful byproducts and acids that damage teeth and cause decay and cavities.

Xylitol is found in many gums, candies, and even hygiene
products like toothpaste and mouthwash. Xylitol has no known
toxicity in humans although in high doses it can have a laxative effect
due to the fact that it is not fully broken down during digestion.

Pregnant or Nursing?

Not only has it been shown to be safe, but there is evidence that Xylitol reduces the
 probability of transmitting the bacteria that cause tooth decay from 
mother to child by almost 75%.  This is being looked at futher.  We know that expsoure to a variety of bacteria through the birth canal has numerous impacts on future health.  Some good and some bad.

What About The Ears?


Scientists at the University of Toronto reviewed several studies and found that children attending day care, there was a 25% reduced risk of ear infections in those children who used xylitol regularily. Xylitol gum has been shown superior in these studies over other forms of this sugar.  It is currently available in lozenges, gum, mints and syrup.

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