Did you know that there are some sugar free sweeteners that are actually good for you? These are the sweeteners that make low carb desserts possible. In fact, xylitol is a sweetener which is being discovered to have massive health benefits, especially for promoting mouth and dental health.
However, it has also been discovered to help all the following:
- Fight and prevent cavities
- Fight gingivitis
- Strengthen bones and teeth
- Reverse and reduce insulin resistance
- Prevent metabolic syndrome
- Prevent ear, sinus, and upper respiratory infections
That’s quite a long list of health benefits for a sweetener!
Xylitol is wonderful in hot beverages, for sprinkling on fruit, and to add to keto desserts recipes for sweetness. It’s also good for baking, like erythritol, and does not impart a bitter aftertaste. I use xylitol and monk fruit extract in my low carb ice cream, Kebby’s Sugar Free Ice Cream, which has less than 8 to 9 carbs a serving, depending upon the flavor you choose.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is naturally found in fruit and vegetables of all kinds. Our bodies actually manufacture xylitol during carbohydrate metabolism. We make 13 to 15 grams of xylitol a day. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, much like mannitol, sorbitol, and erythritol (another healthy sweetener you might try). However, unlike many sweeteners, xylitol is actually health promoting rather than health harming.
Although xylitol tastes a lot like sugar, it has virtually no calories and lacks the bitter, strange aftertaste of other sweeteners. This is the reason why it is perfect for use on most low carb desserts and sugar free ice cream recipes.
Why is Xylitol so Healthy for Us?
First, xylitol is healthy for the teeth because it starves bacteria in the mouth, depriving them of the fermentable sugars they need to survive.
In fact, using xylitol after meals helps to starve the bacteria that causes cavities, called Streptococcus mutans, causing over 73% of the bacteria to die off. Xylitol also helps create a more alkaline environment in the mouth, which prevents decay, gingivitis, dry mouth, and bad breath.
Even healthier, still, is what xylitol does to prevent diabetes. Only half the xylitol consumed is absorbed, meaning it has 0 effects on insulin or blood sugars.
In studies, animals fed products containing xylitol had better blood sugars, glucose tolerance, less weight gain, a lower waist circumference, lower food intake, and more weight loss than animals fed sugar. In all kinds of studies, researchers have found that xylitol is an ideal sweetener for diabetics—and anyone, trying to avoid diabetes as well!
Xylitol also strengthens teeth and bones. Xylitol helps to remineralize tooth enamel and increase bone density. Today, researchers are looking to xylitol as a hopeful treatment for osteoporosis.
How to Use Xylitol for Low Carb Desserts to a Sweeter Keto Life
Xylitol is my favorite sweetener for coffee and colas. I buy xylitol cola drops and mix these with water. I especially love the root beer flavored drops. These drops are so much healthier than diet sodas and help crush sugar laden soda pop cravings.
Xylitol in coffee is a great hot beverage to enjoy that you can drink knowing you are actually preventing cavities and promoting health rather than risking it.
Finally, xylitol is a sweetener being embraced in more and more low sugar foods today—especially my keto-friendly ice cream—Kebby’s! Now everyone can enjoy low carb desserts minus the guilt!