Parenting About Sweeteners~ Xylitol To The Rescue?

Can this much fun really be good for me?!  YES!

Can this much fun really be good for me?! YES!

As a child, I had bouts of tonsillitis and sinus infections a few times a year. I was even hospitalized for four days at one point. I can say I was fortunate that I did not get ear infections often. So it was quite interesting to me when I was recommended a nasal spray with xylitol to help with the sinus infections. I was told that the xylitol created a slippery environment which the bacteria simply could not clump together and grow.

I did some research on the internet and found a study that xylitol gum chewed by elementary students not only decreased the amount of cavities to those that chewed regular gum, but also had over 40% less ear infections!

Then last year during a dental check up, I asked the dentist about fluoride in toothpaste, especially for young children. I had become interested in fluoride when I was told by a dentist who took my alagam (mercury dental fillings) out, that fluoride is one of the few things that can cross the blood-brain barrier. As I understand, fluoride will also chelate with aluminum and carry that into the brain. This dentist confirmed that there were MUCH more effective chemicals for teeth… I do not remember them all, but at the top was XYLITOL! I was so amazed that xylitol was recommended for so many things! Why are we not hearing more about this? What until you read what other benefits it has on the human body!

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various hardwood trees like birch. It is a natural, intermediate product which regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of man and other animals, as well as in the metabolism of several plants and micro-organisms. Xylitol is produced naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams daily during normal metabolism.

Although xylitol tastes and looks exactly like sugar, that is where the similarities end. Xylitol is really sugar’s mirror image. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects against chronic degenerative disease, and has anti-aging benefits. Xylitol is considered a five-carbon sugar, which means it is an antimicrobial, preventing the growth of bacteria. While sugar is acid-forming, xylitol is alkaline enhancing. All other forms of sugar, including sorbitol, another popular alternative sweetener, are six-carbon sugars, which feed dangerous bacteria and fungi.

Here are some wonderful benefits of using xytilol.

* Oral health, reduces cavities and periodontal disease
* Inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause middle-ear infections in young children. In two recent studies involving over 1,000 children, xylitolflavored chewing gum was found to reduce the incidence of middle-ear infections by 40%, significantly decreasing ongoing middle-ear complications and the need for antibiotics.
* Reduction in osteoporosis- The scientists speculated that xylitol’s bone density-enhancing properties are due to its ability to promote intestinal absorption of calcium.
* Insulin Resistance, Diabetes Hypertension, And Hormonal Imbalances-Xylitol has been demonstrated in repeated clinical studies to be very slowly metabolised. In fact, on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly foods enter the bloodstream, sugar is rated at 100 and xylitol at just seven! Xylitol is a natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it causes none of the abrupt rises and falls that occur with sugar. In fact, it actually helps in stopping sugar and carbohydrate cravings.
* Using xylitol instead of sugar, as well as reducing intake of high-glycemic, refined carbohydrate foods, helps to lower the risk not only of PCOS but also of ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, PMS, hot flashes, weight gain, and depression.

I have been using a nasal spray called Clear, Spry gum, Spry tooth gel (did you know that toothpaste by definition was both acidic and abrasive? Do either of those things sound like they are good for your teeth?). After reading this article Xylitol: Our Sweet Salvation? by Sherill Sellman (The SPECTRUM Vol. 4 No. 8; February 2003, p.23 — www.thespectrumnews.org), I will be replacing as much sugar as I can with xylitol. I highly recommend you read the dangers of artificial sweeteners in http://www.laleva.cc/food/food.html

According to www.snopes.com, although xylitol is safe for human consumption, it can be very harmful to dogs. (read more here: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp)

After so many posts on the swine flu vaccine (almost posted another one on women who have miscarried after having the swine flu vaccine), I am happy to post some very positive information to you. I hope you have enjoyed this sweet post!

Here are some great resources on Xylitol


Please leave your comments and thoughts about xylitol and other sweeteners. We love hearing from you!

5 Responses to Parenting About Sweeteners~ Xylitol To The Rescue?
  1. Passion Parent
    December 1, 2009 | 2:51 am

    I just received a comment from @CurtisDuncan on twitter that I think really deserves to be repeated here. Curtis suggests that much of the xylitol is genetically modified (GMO). He is not a big fan of xylitol but did not mention why, other than the GMO issue. he suggests looking for the no GMO on the label.

  2. Passion Parent
    December 1, 2009 | 2:53 am

    @eatingjounery wrote: @theultrawealth it is quite beneficial..google it. reduces cavities, ear infections and doesn’t mess with blood sugar levels

  3. Josette
    December 15, 2009 | 2:21 am

    Doing my personal research with the passion to resolve my daughter’s compulsion for sweets – I tried all means to get hold of pure 100% xylitol. I’m glad I tried Xylitol, It’s delicious! It’s all natural, and it happens to be an effective tool for everyone’s oral health care regimen!

  4. Nita McMullan
    June 19, 2010 | 2:26 am

    My grandson at 18 months had ECC [Early Childhood Caries], the pediatric dentist had him scheduled for $3400 worth of dental surgery! Had him scheduled, but…he was put on a waiting list for an operating room in the local hospital 1 year down the road.

    In the mean time I began researching anything and everything Xylitol on the web, cause this was a little guy needing it.

    Finally my daughter agreed to use it a little at a time. We used Spiffies xylitol wipes, Xlear “RAIN” spray; then Zellies gums, etc. etc….

    Now at almost 5 the ECC has been arrested, he did lose one tooth [he fell breaking the root, it developed a draining abscess] and had one filled costing under $200.

    He has never been to the doctor for an ear or nose infection, and his last dental check-up he is cavity free. We still use practically everything we started out with and have added B-Fresh Xylitol Bubble gum and Xyloburst gum – they have a higher quantity of Xylitol in them, plus the B-Fresh has Vitamin B-12 in it. Also Emerald Forest candies, he loves the licorice flavored and the grapes.

    My daughter has pets and we are very diligent that they don’t get any of the products with xylitol in them. Her actual response to the toxicity to animals vs the healthful benefits toward her children, she would find other homes for the animals.

    What are your children worth to you, that’s what it all boils down to!

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