Xylitol: The Healthy, Low Calorie Sugar Substitute

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener made from plant fibers. It is categorized as a sugar alcohol (or polyalcohol), but don't be fooled into thinking that there is any resemblance to your drink selection on a Saturday night. Xylitol is a white, crystalline powder with about the same sweetness as sugar but only half the calories. One of the greatest features of Xylitol is its powerful benefits for a healthy mouth and smile. 

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Benefits:

  • It's natural and has no chemical taste
  • It doesn't spike blood sugar and insulin levels
  • It reduces plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth
  • It can help prevent tooth decay 

Why Golf Gum uses Xylitol:

Choosing Xylitol as a part of a low sugar diet is smart, but to get the oral health benefits, it is important to understand what is considered to be an effective dose. According to the National Institutes of Health, the recommended dose for cavity prevention is 6 -10 grams per day. Most chewing gums at health and nutrition stores contain Xylitol, but the amount per serving is far below what may be effective.  We recommend 1-2 pieces of Golf Gum (about 4 grams of Xylitol each) per day. Already energized, but want a Xylitol boost? Just squeeze out the Liquid Core™ (where all the caffeine and B vitamins are) and enjoy an awesome piece of breath freshening gum that contains more Xylitol than any other gum on the market!     

**It is important to note that while Xylitol is great for humans, it is NOT SAFE for animals. The metabolic systems of animals are unable to distinguish Xylitol from actual sugar, causing their bodies to produce more insulin than they need. This can be very dangerous for your pet, so be sure to keep all Xylitol products in a safe place. Call your vet immediately if your pet accidentally ingests any amount.**  

 

Sources:
  1. National Insitutes of Health, The effect of xylitol on dental caries and oral flora, 2014, Nov.10 Xylitol, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232036/

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