Posted by: godswaytohealth | November 14, 2013

XYLITOL – THE SAFE ALTERNATIVE

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WHAT IS XYLITOL?

Xylitol is a natural sugar-free sweetener. Unlike stevia, it is not bitter. And unlike stevia, it is easy to introduce into your diet without severe bloating, etc. All you have to do is introduce into your diet slowly. 

WHAT IS XYLITOL MADE FROM?

Xylitol is usually derived from corn husks or from birch trees.  

Note of Caution: Corn husk xylitol should always be avoided on the basis that the corn from which it was processed may well be GMO. 

XYLITOL PRODUCTS

Xylitol is found in many different products: gum, toothpaste, mints, jams. It also comes in crystals and in powder form (as a substitute for powdered sugar). 

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XYLITOL VERSUS OTHER PRODUCTS

The widespread use of refined white cane sugar as a sweetener in foods and drinks is a serious contributing factor for a wide range of diseases, including cancer.  

There are many dangerous alternatives, including aspartame and high-fructose – often GMO – corn syrup, which are often even more dangerous to health than sugar.  

An excellent and unique alternative is xylitol, a sugar-like sweetener which is actually highly beneficial for health. Here is why.

For many generations, families have used the ever-present refined white cane sugar for sweetening drinks and foods, completely oblivious to the many health consequences.

In 2009, 50% of Americans were consuming at least half a pound of refined sugar per day in food and drink products, which translates into an incredible 180 pounds of refined sugar per year.

These are just a few of the adverse health consequences potentially arising from the use of refined cane sugar in any food or drink: 

  • Affects brain function through B vitamin and “good microbe” depletion
  • Causes acidosis, the origin of a vast array of serious diseases
  • Causes an energy deficit, experienced as tiredness and fatigue
  • Causes tooth decay
  • Contributes to diabetes
  • Contributes to obesity
  • Converts to fatty acids which are deposited in the heart, kidneys and other organs
  • Feeds “bad,” pathogenic bacteria in the gut, weakening the immune system
  • Feeds cancer cells making primary use of sugar to multiply and grow
  • Leaches vital vitamins and minerals from bones and other parts of the body 

There are literally hundreds of further harmful effects to health.

While alternative natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, stevia, agave, molasses, fructose and others avoid some or many of these issues, they still often fail the body in two main areas – they feed bad microbes in the gut and therefore weaken the immune system, and they cause the body to become more acidic, the root of countless health conditions. 

XYLITOL BENEFITS

Xylitol is all natural, being extracted mostly from the bark of birch trees, the original source, but also from many other fibrous vegetables. A word of caution – xylitol is being increasingly made from corn husks. Corn husk xylitol should always be avoided on the basis that the corn from which it was processed may well be GMO.

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Here are just a few of the numerous health benefits of xylitol: 

  • Alkalising, thereby helping to maintain the body at a healthy alkaline Ph
  • Antibacterial, antiviral for protecting against and fighting infections
  • Antifungal, fighting candida, yeast and other fungal infections
  • Anti-pathogenic microbial, killing bad microbes that weaken the immune system
  • Beneficial for helping sinus, ear and nose infections
  • Looks, tastes and behaves like sugar and is totally interchangeable
  • Probiotic and therefore feeds “good microbes” to strengthen the immune system
  • Reduces craving for food and calories, thereby assisting weight loss
  • Stabilizes insulin and hormone levels in harmony with the endocrine system
  • Suitable for diabetics due to low glycemic index

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Xylitol looks, tastes and behaves like sugar without all the harmful health consequences while being extremely beneficial for general health. 

HOW TO COOK WITH XYLITOL

You can use it in any baked good, sauce, etc. Heating does not affect it. Though it will not help yeast rise, as it is does not contain the same properties as sugar, agave syrup, etc.  

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It is also not advised to use in large amounts in cold drinks such as Kool-Aide. What I do is make hot tea, add the xylitol, then add ice. In other uses: coffee, baking, etc., use it just like you would table sugar. 

WARNING 

Xylitol, even in very tiny amounts, is highly toxic to animals. It is absorbed into their blood stream within 30 minutes.

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SOURCES 

http://naturalnews.com

http://nature.com

http://xylitol.org

http://science.naturalnews.com 

http://glutenfreerecipebox.com

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