Xylitol Benefits

What Are the Effects of Xylitol?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol. It does not contain any carbohydrates, but it is not calorie-free (although it does contain fewer calories than sugar). It is useful as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes because it does not cause the significant rise in blood glucose (blood sugar) caused by real sugar. Nor does it seem to affect insulin levels in humans.
Xylitol may prevent dental cavities in several ways. It seems to decrease the level of certain cavity-causing bacteria in the saliva and dental plaque. It also decreases acid production by the bacteria, decreases the stickiness of the bacteria, increases saliva flow, and increases calcium and phosphate in the saliva. All these actions can help prevent cavities. Interestingly, habitually chewing gum with this sugar substitute can help mothers reduce the chance of transmitting cavity-causing bacteria to their young infants.
This product may also inhibit bacterial growth, since most bacteria cannot use it as a source of energy, which might be why it may be useful for preventing ear infections.

Xylitol Benefits in Children

Xylitol can help prevent cavities and might be beneficial for preventing ear infections in children. It appears to be safe for use in children. Many of the available studies on xylitol were performed on children. Some people prefer to use sugar substitutes in children because of perceived improvements in behavior, such as less hyperactivity. However, there is no real evidence to suggest that xylitol is beneficial for such use.
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