- Xylitol, or birch sugar, is a natural sweetener. It is obtained from the bark of birch. It can be used as a sugar substitute - is just as sweet, but contains 40% less calories.
Nutritionists recommend the introduction of a diet xylitol as an alternative to white sugar. The main advantage of this natural sweetener is its low glycemic index (14-fold lower than that of ordinary sugar). It allows you to maintain proper blood glucose levels. Xylitol strengthens the process of mineralization of teeth, protects against changes próchniczymi and gum disease. The beneficial effect of xylitol is also seen in the digestive system, because it reduces the growth of mold and yeasts that occur there, and fights bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers. It is recommended in the prevention of osteoporosis, as it favors absorption of calcium.
Ideal for sweetening beverages and desserts, as well as for baking and cooking, because xylitol can be subjected to high temperatures, which does not affect or change the taste, or will not cause any substances hazardous to our health.
Recommended especially diabetics, athletes, those dieters and people suffering from a fungal infection.
Best not to exceed the dose of 15 g of xylitol per day (approx. 3 teaspoons), excessive consumption can have a laxative effect.
Due to the immaturity of the digestive system is not advisable to administration of xylitol to children under 3 years of age.
It is recommended that the gradual introduction of xylitol in the diet (1 teaspoon). Excessive intake for the first time may result in a slight diarrhea.