The Health Benefits of Xylitol
You, the health-conscious and scrupulous consumer, may have noticed that our Children's Complete Multiple product contains xylitol, and you may have wondered what xylitol is. Let's learn about it.
A German chemist discovered xylitol in 1891, and the people of Finland later used it as a sugar substitute because of World War II shortages. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in many plants, including many of the fruits and vegetables we eat. When xylitol is used in other products, it is often extracted from birch trees or corn. As a sugar substitute, xylitol is great for people who are watching their caloric intake or for people with diabetes (xylitol does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels).
Aside from being a fabulous sweetener, xylitol has legitimate health benefits. Xylitol is often used in dental products because it has proven to be effective at preventing tooth decay and plaque formation and stimulating salivary flow. Xylitol also seems to be effective at preventing ear infections in young children. Can you blame us for including such a versatile substance in our supplement?
Take note that xylitol should not be consumed in unreasonable doses (greater than 40-50 grams per day), as this may cause nausea, diarrhea, or other similar problems. But in reasonable doses xylitol serves as a healthy, beneficial sweetener.
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