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With the recent trend to stay away from artificial sweeteners, there’s more and more confusion being spread around about the “healthy” alternatives like stevie, and more recently, xylitol. But what is xylitol and is it really an alternative to artificial sweeteners?
While some food labels classify xylitol as a carbohydrate, it’s far from it. Xylitol sweeteners are technically a Polyol. While not an actual sugar, it can for all intents and purposes, be considered one. It can be converted to a monosaccharide class of sugar as well as ketoses( carbohydrates that contain ketone groups).
What’s It Found In?
Well for starters, you! That’s right, we can make up as much as 15 grams of xylitol per day depending on the food we eat. The best external sources are berries(especially raspberries), lettuce and mushrooms. Since it’s found in such small quantities, it can not be pulled from these foods. One of the major manufacturing sources being birch tree scraps.
What You Can Get Out Of It
Well for starters, xylitol sweeteners are excellent for your teeth. I just felt the need to put that out there. Since you’re primarily interested in the physique aspect of it. During times of extreme stress (when you’re trying to lose fat or get rid of stomach fat) xylitol can be used as alternative energy source as well as aid in stabilizing your blood sugar.
The best thing about xylitol(aside from its taste) is that it can activate the glutathonie pathway in the body. Glutathonie is one of the bodies most powerful antioxidants. Red blood cells take up xylitol quickly and quench free radical damage.
Another interesting note is how unabsorbed xylitol acts in the body. It actually acts as a fiber that then produces violatile short-chain fatty acids, thus it can act as a longer-lasting energy source.
What About The Taste?
Since xylitol so closely resembles table sugar, it can be used to replace artifical sweeteners like sucarlose and aspartme. You can actually almost feel it “melting” in the mouth because it dissolves so quickly. Seriously, try some xylitol as your sweetener next time you need to change things up on a low carb diet.
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