Xylitol Webinar with Angie Stone, RDH, BS
(Thanks to Moms Meet)
Today I had the opportunity to listen to Angie Stone and learn about Xylitol. To be honest, I never really never heard of Xylitol until today…but I can tell you I plan on finding out MORE!
Here is just a little about what I learned…
What is Xylitol? It’s a natural sugar. First discovered in 1891 by a well know German chemist, Emil Fisher. It’s considered a sugar alcohol (different than sorbital & mannitol), but you won’t get drunk of this because it’s not REALLY ALCOHOL. Xylitol is extracted from plant fibers (this is NOT created in a lab). Xylitol is found in many plants & fruits…so you are already digesting Xylitol today. Corncobs are the most abundant source of Xylitol (not the corn, but the cobs).
Why use Xylitol? Xylitol is as sweet as sugar. You can substitute it one for one…so you can use it in your coffee or tea, cook with it, etc (not good for bake goods that need to rise). It has 40% less calories than sugar! Excellent substitute for diabetics – causes little insulin release.
When should you use Xylitol? A person should get 5-8 exposures to quality Xylitol products throughout each day. STRIVE FOR FIVE! Chew Xylitol gum for 5 minutes after each meal and brush your teeth with Xylitol toothpaste & mouthrise twice a day.