Humans are hard-wired to like sweet things, why not learn about & use the world’s healthiest, natural sweetener?
The Secrets of Xylitol – Use it to Help Curb Your Sweet Tooth, Lose Weight &/or Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and more.
￼Too much refined sugars leads to childhood & adult obesity.
This young generation for the first time in history is expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Do you struggled with a sweet tooth? Are you looking for a guilt-free, healthy way to satisfy those sugar cravings? Learn why Xylitol should be a part of the solution.
By now we are all aware of the major problems associated with the obesity & diabetes epidemics. What role does one’s “sweet tooth or sugar cravings” have to play in these problems? Almost everyone has a “sweet tooth,” aka “sugar cravings.” It is really a totally natural thing. It helps us to identify foods containing carbohydrates which are vital to supply energy for our survival. At least that is believed to be the evolutionary function of our natural propensity to like sweet things.
If we only had wholesome, natural foods to choose from, there wouldn’t be a problem. The majority of our population would not be overweight or obese if we only had access to “real” natural foods to eat. That isn’t to say that there wouldn’t be anyone overweight…it is certainly possible to get fat on whole, natural foods if one really tries. Overall, however, there are very few naturally occurring foods that would inherently cause people any real problems if consumed regularly and in moderation. Of course, with all of our “fancy food technologies” that have allowed food makers to grossly distort wholesome foods into all kinds of “Franken-Foods,” this is no longer the case.
Food manufacturers know all too well that we are hard-wired to like sweet things. So, by combining their marketing magic along with significant amounts of extra sweeteners, they are able to sell more and get people to eat a lot more than they should. Of course they also add all kinds of other nasty stuff as well.
Even people who are very health-conscious often add many extra pounds by consuming the wrong foods in higher amounts than they should. Just eating clean &/or organic does not provide any guarantees in terms of one’s weight or health. One of the latest strong trends is toward a more plant-based diet, and we agree that this is desirable for many reasons; however, it does not guarantee health or proper weight either.
Substituting Xylitol supports the maintenance of proper weight management and health, keeping the curves in all the right places.
Xylitol has a caloric content of 2.4 calories per gram vs. sugar’s 4 calories per gram (i.e., 40% less).
Refined sugar, as well as things like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), have been demonized over the past few decades, and deservedly so. The problem is that many people take this to mean that anything sweet is therefore bad for us. That’s just not true, although I totally agree that a significant reduction in the amount of overly-sweetened processed foods is desirable. The point is that sweet is not necessarily bad. Our taste buds detect sweet for a reason, when one sticks with healthy foods, that message is beneficial. You just have to be discerning about what is used to provide that sweet taste. That’s where Xylitol comes in!
Xylitol Has Dozens of Beneficial Properties, Here are Just a Handful:
- Xylitol is an ancient 5 carbon sugar-alcohol that has been consumed by humans throughout their existence on the planet.
- Xylitol occurs naturally in many different foods (plums, raspberries, and cauliflower are a few examples).
- Xylitol is actually produced in the human body during normal metabolic reactions (estimates range between 5 and 15 grams / day). Therefore, our bodies have the proper biochemical pathways to utilize it.
- Xylitol has the exact same sweetness profile as table sugar so it can be used as a 1 to 1 replacement. It does have a slight cooling sensation on the tongue which is the only thing that’s different from a taste perspective.
- Xylitol has a very low glycemic index. Somewhere between 7 and 14 depending on the reference. Table sugar’s glycemic index for comparison is around 70. Of course, whenit comes to glycemic index, higher is worse and lower is better.
- Xylitol has a caloric content of 2.4 calories per gram vs. sugar’s 4 calories per gram (i.e., 40% less).
- Xylitol is only partially absorbed thereby reducing its caloric impact even further (only 30-75% of it is absorbed, the more consumed in a short period of time, the less absorbed).
- Xylitol is absorbed slowly thereby providing a slow, long-lasting source of energy.
- Due to its very low glycemic index and slow absorption, Xylitol provides energy without causing a rise in either blood sugar or insulin levels.
- See future posts for more great benefits of Xylitol.
Those are some of the reasons that we use Xylitol as the primary sweetener in Raw Power Superfood Mix!
Hopefully this will cause you to do some more research on Xylitol and other natural, healthy sweetener alternatives. Refined sugar and the various artificial sweeteners in regular use are simply not good for you or your waist line.
Denying that sugar cravings and a sweet tooth are a normal part of the human experience is like denying that we seek pleasure and avoid pain. You can talk about it all you want to but it is far better to do something about it.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring, healthy sweetener that provides a solution (or at least a good part of the solution) as to how to satisfy your sweet tooth (and those of your family). Why not take advantage of this nutritional superstar? I consider Xylitol to be a superfood. Yes, it is processed, ours comes from organic Birch trees and obviously has to go through several stages of processing to turn it into its white crystalline form. Please give any feedback, ask questions, or tell us your thoughts regarding Xylitol.
*Caution: Xylitol is readily metabolized by humans, however, overconsumption can cause extremely loose stools (via an osmotic diarrhea). This has to do with its slow absorption which is a good thing as already mentioned.
** Additional Caution Re: Xylitol: Dogs and Cats are not able to properly metabolize Xylitol and it can be very toxic to them as a result. Dogs and Cats are basically carnivores whereas humans evolved on a much more varied omnivorous diet. As a result, dogs and cats never needed to develop the enzymes required to metabolize Xylitol. So, DO NOT FEED Xylitol to your pets!