Good morning all my readers,
This is your friendly dental assistant. I have good news for you about sweets. As we all know sugar is a terrorist against healthy bodies.
Sugar wages war against you with weapons ranging from diabetes, to weight gain and as we are witnesses of …tooth decay. However if you are like me you may have a sweet tooth, so what is a girl (or guy) to do.
xylitol! pronounced zii-lit-all.
So, what is xylitol? It is a natural sweetener. It is a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners (don’t get me started on the dangers of artificial sweeteners!!) So let’s talk about how it works and why it is so good for you.
Xylitol impedes the growth of plaque, you know that film felt on your teeth in the morning, or as I like to refer to it “furry teeth” feeling.
Xylitol has a slow glycemic index. This just means how fast or slow something gets into your blood stream. This is what makes it safer for diabetics to use, it has a glycemic index of 7 (rush hour turtle traffic slow) compared to sugar which has a glycemic index of 100! (cheetah with redbull fast!)
Xylitol increases the amount of of saliva you produce–why is this good? dry mouth causes cavities!
xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram and sugar has 4.0 calories per gram….so almost half as much!
so lets put this in perspective for day to day use. where can you find xylitol?
Check out these 2 websites. www.epicdental.com and www.xylitolworks.com. I have also found it at Whole Foods. Both websites have more detail about how xylitol works and products that you can try–think gum, mints, even maple syrup and honey that are made with xylitol. one of them even has a cookbook for xylitol. I bought a bag of xylitol crystals and used it instead of sugar in my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and my husband couldn’t even taste the difference!
but let me give you a warning: husbands love peanut butter cookies made with xylitol, but DOGS do NOT. before you feed your furry friend some sweet treats, take note: xylitol is dangerous for dogs (and to be on the safe side-lets assume all pets!) please, do not let your pets ingest xylitol.
We have Squigle toothpaste in the office that is chalk full of xylitol and pick some Trident gum at your local retailer! It is sweetened with xylitol and has several great flavors!! I chew it religiously!
Hopefully you have found this information to be helpful. Let me know what you think by commenting!
Thanks for reading,