What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a great alternative to sugar and other synthetic sweeteners. It’s an all-natural sugar alcohol, known as a polyol, which is naturally lower in calories than sugar, accounting for only 2.4kcal per gram instead of the standard 4kcal per gram. Xylitol also has a significantly lower Glycemic Index (GI) value of only 7. Excess consumption of sugar is associated with sudden changes in blood sugar levels, weight gain and in extreme cases, Type 2 Diabetes. Xylitol can replace some of this sugar in your diet with a low calorie, natural sweetness.
Xylitol is obtained from a variety of plants including birch and other hardwood trees or corn cobs. The most common source of Xylitol in the diet is in many sugar free gums. It is thought to have protective properties for teeth as the oral bacteria present in our mouths are unable to metabolise Xylitol for energy. As a result, it is thought to reduce sugar-acid production and help to protect the enamel.
How can Xylitol benefit my training and diet?
Many people prefer to use Xylitol to sweeten their food and drinks because it doesn’t result in a sudden blood glucose level rise, which can later fall and result in fatigue. It’s also much better for dental health and a great way to make morning or post workout smoothies, energy drinks and protein shakes taste sweeter without all the downsides of sugar.
Who is Xylitol suitable for?
Xylitol is ideal for anyone who wants to reduce their sugar or calorie intake and can be part of an everyday healthy diet. If you want to avoid too much sugar or artificial chemical sweeteners, Xylitol is a natural, healthy option. It is also widely used by diabetics to control their blood sugar levels.
How does Xylitol taste?
Xylitol tastes very sweet and is naturally present in a number of fruits and vegetables. It has the look and feel of sugar and virtually no aftertaste.