Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It’s not an artificial sweetener, but an all-natural sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. Xylitol has been researched for over 40 years, resulting in thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety. Xylitol is absorbed slowly and only partially utilized by the body, which means fewer calories: 2.4 calories per gram (40% less than other carbohydrates). It also has a low glycemic index (7, compared to sugar’s 83) and has little effect on blood sugar levels. Since the body does not require insulin to metabolize xylitol, it has become a widely used sweetener for diabetic diets in some countries. In the U.S., xylitol is approved as a food additive in unlimited quantity for foods with special dietary purposes.
Xylitol is one of the newest, easiest and tastiest ways that people can improve oral health. Research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use may reduce tooth decay rates both in high-risk groups (those naturally prone to dental carries, as well as those with poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene) and in low-risk groups (those less prone to dental carries, who apply all current prevention recommendations). Sugar-free chewing gums and candies manufactured with xylitol as the primary sweetener have already received official endorsements from six national dental associations.
The addition of xylitol to saline nasal sprays, neti pots, and positive pressure bottles has been shown to make them more effective at improving and maintaining upper respiratory health. Xylitol helps prevent the causes of sinus issues and upper respiratory discomfort by stimulating the body’s natural cleansing process to clear away contaminants and irritants in the nasal passages. If they can’t stick to the tissue, they can’t cause problems. Unlike many saline solutions, our unique, non-medicating xylitol nasal spray can prevent the dried-out feeling that comes from overuse of sinus medications or basic saline solutions.
Xylitol is found widely in nature; most of the fruits and vegetables that we eat on a daily basis have small amounts of xylitol. For commercial purposes xylitol comes from two sources: corn fibers or trees. Even though the end product is the same, the process to extract it from these two sources is not.
Corn fibers are our preferred source for xylitol, because it is much more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Xylitol is extracted from the stalks or other byproducts of the plants, and comes from corn grown naturally by non-industrial, family farmers. These products, which are non-GMO, are a renewable resource, which would be otherwise wasted at the end of a harvest season. Are extraction process uses no corn grains, and ensures that no allergens from corn occur in the final products. Using corn fibers that take 5 months to grow is a much more sustainable and replenishable source for xylitol than using trees that require 20 years or more to grow.
Xylitol is recommended by dentists, medical doctors, periodontists, pediatricians, and many health organizations and health professionals worldwide as a sweetener for anyone concerned with dental health, upper respiratory health, and sugar consumption in general.
What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from natural sources. It is also produced in the human body as a by-product of a normal metabolism. Our xylitol is of the highest quality possible. It is a pharmaceutical grade, meaning it must be more that 99.95% pure, and is made from non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism) corn fibers. It does not contain any of the corn grain and it is tested to ensure that no corn allergens, mycotoxins, or corn proteins of any type are in the product.
How does xylitol differ from other sweeteners?
Chemically speaking, xylitol is not actually a sugar, but a sugar alcohol. It differs from other sweeteners such as sorbitol, fructose and glucose because its molecule has five, instead of six, carbon atoms. It is much sweeter than sorbitol, for instance. Assessed in terms of calories, xylitol’s sweetening power is the same as that of sucrose (table sugar), but with 40% fewer calories. Most bacteria and yeast in the mouth are unable to make use of xylitol. Xylitol is important because it may help to reduce the risk of tooth decay, and everyone interested in healthy teeth should be familiar with its properties and effects.
Where does xylitol occur in nature?
Xylitol occurs in small amounts in naturally, especially in fruit, berries, vegetables and mushrooms. For example, raspberries, strawberries, yellow plums and endives contain xylitol. Xylitol is also found in human tissues.
Is xylitol safe for sugar-controlled diets?
Yes. Classified on labels as a carbohydrate, it has been used in foods since the 1960’s and is approved in the U.S. as a food additive in unlimited quantity for foods with special dietary purposes. It is safe for use in any sugar-controlled diet.
Where was xylitol discovered?
Xylitol was discovered almost simultaneously by German and French chemists in the late 19th century. In Russia, it has been used for decades as a sweetener for diabetics, and in Germany, in solutions for intravenous feeding. Its dental significance was researched in Finland in the early 1970’s, when scientists at Turku University showed it had significant dental benefits.
Is xylitol safe?
Yes it is. In 1983, JECFA, a joint expert committee of WHO and FAO, confirmed the fact, already known by scientists, that it is a safe sweetener for foods. The FDA also confirmed this fact in 1986.
How much xylitol should one eat per day?
Xylitol is a natural and convenient way of keeping your mouth healthy. Research shows that a mere 4 to 5 exposures per day is enough. Xylitol should be chewed immediately after a meal or a snack. If you eat more snacks, you of course need more frequent help from xylitol.
How does Spry Gum differ from other xylitol chewing gums?
Spry Gum is sweetened with xylitol only. Frequently eating foods high in sugars and starches can promote tooth decay. Xylitol, unlike other sugars, may reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Can I give my dog xylitol?
No.- We do not recommend that xylitol products be fed to pets. Our products are intended for human consumption only. Since the release of a report on xylitol and dogs published in the October 1, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Xlear has regularly been asked about the company’s position on the sweetener as it relates to man’s best friend. We’ve written an FAQ to address these questions specifically. Xlear does not make products for dogs, nor do we recommend dog owners give their dogs xylitol or any other food designated for human consumption.
Xylitol brings extraordinary health benefits to people but it is not intended for dogs. Our products are for human consumption only. Xylitol may be harmful for certain breeds of dogs.
What do I do if I think my pet has eaten some of my xylitol products?
If you are concerned for the health of your pet, we recommend you contact your veterinarian. Be prepared to provide your veterinarian with a description of the products your pet consumed and any symptoms you pet has experienced.
What is xylitol’s tooth-friendly effect?
When properly used, Xylitol may help reduce the incidence of tooth decay. When you use xylitol gum or mints, the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour, is stopped. Because the bacteria in the mouth causing dental caries are unable to ferment xylitol in their metabolism, their growth is reduced. The number of acid-producing bacteria may fall as much as 90%. Since no acid is formed, the pH of saliva does not fall. Research has shown that the use of xylitol gum or mints also helps correct incipient damage to the enamel. Saliva in itself protects the mouth and teeth. Saliva containing xylitol is more alkaline than saliva that contains other sugar products. After taking xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids in saliva may rise. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to precipitate into those parts of enamel where they are lacking.
Why is xylitol an important aid in caries prevention?
Xylitol is one of the most important alternatives to sugar. But, it is more than a mere substitute; it is a health-promoting sweetener. That is why xylitol chewing gum and mints play an important role as instruments of dental care.
Is it possible to replace daily teeth cleaning with xylitol usage?
A healthy mouth and teeth are an important part of vigorous everyday life. That is why it is important to take good care of them. To keep a beautiful and healthy smile, brush you teeth daily and visit your dentists regularly.
Is it dangerous to swallow the chewing gum?
No, it is not–but xylitol chewing gum, like other chewing gum, is not meant to be swallowed. If it does get swallowed, it will be transported naturally among other food through intestines. The best way to dispose of your chewing gum is to wrap in a piece of paper and throw it in a waste basket.
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