Until very recently, xylitol has been the best kept secret in dentistry. Researchers in Finland produced proof of the benefits twenty years ago. A natural sugar found in the sap of birch trees, xylitol has the ‘beneficial effect’ of ‘preventing’ tooth decay. The word beneficial is used here to mean ‘a positive effect’. It is not just a better alternative to sugar and other sweeteners, but it actually ‘prevents’ tooth decay.
And it tastes good. It was traditionally used in Northern Europe to make birch syrup, by boiling down birch sap, like maple syrup from maple trees. So the Finns and Estonians have been enjoying the benefits of xylitol for generations.
The Finns noticed the beneficial effects and did the first scientific research. The research has now been reproduced around the world. Here are some articles we assembled to give you an idea of just how powerful and potentially helpful xylitol can be for you.
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For Dental Hygiene
Look for xylitol sweetened products that encourage chewing or sucking to keep the xylitol in contact with your teeth. The best items use xylitol as the principal sweetener.
Studies show that 4 to 12 grams of Xylitol per day are very effective. It’s easy to keep track of your xylitol intake. The SPRY Xylitol mints contain 0.5 grams of Xylitol per piece. SPRY Xylitol gum contains 0.72 grams per piece. Epic xylitol gum contains 1 gram per piece. You could begin with as little as one piece of gum six times a day for a total of 4.36 g, or 8 mints would make a dose of 4 g. It is not necessary to use more than 15 grams per day as higher intakes yield diminishing dental benefits.
If used only occasionally or even as often as once a day, xylitol may NOT be effective, regardless of the amount. Use xylitol at least three, and preferably 5 times every day.
Use immediately after eating and clearing the mouth by swishing water, if possible. Between meals, replace ordinary chewing gum, breath mints, or breath spray with comparable xylitol products.
Sweetner is powdered Xylitol (several brands):
- This is a non-fermentable sugar that is naturally derived from birch trees.
- Helps stimulate the production of saliva.
- Doesn’t allow attachment of strep mutans streptococci
- Works as a bacterial inhibitor.
- 40% fewer calories
It is metabolized without insulin, so it creates a significantly lower glycemic effect when eaten—glycemic index of 7 which is good for diabetics.
Inhibits the ability of bacteria to attach to the tissues of the mouth, nose, and throat. This is why physicians are using xylitol to reduce the symptoms of middle ear infections.
Xylitol in the diet inhibits the ability of bacteria to adhere to the teeth and reduces the production of acids that dissolve tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay.
Sweetner (powder), replace sugar in equal measurements. Heat stable for cooking and baking. It mixes and dissolves just like common sugar and can be interchanged in most recipes.
Studies from Finland suggest Xylitol loosens the bacteria from your teeth, and helps restore a healthy balance of bacteria, and provides an acceptable snack.
You can substitute Xylitol for the Swerve sweetener in above listed cookie recipe.