SWEETEN NATURALLY

XYLITOL

 

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occuring sugar substitue. It is found in the fibres of many fruits and vegeatables and is roughly as sweet as cane sugar (sucrose) with only 66% less calories. 

 

Xylitol is 'tooth-friendly' showing great plaque reducing effect. For this reason it is being put in gum for an after meal mouth cleanser. 

 

Other benefits:

  • Safe for Diabetes

  • Prevents cavities

  • Prevents ear infections

  • Decreases Candida Growth

  • Helps prevent bad breath, ulcer, helicobactor pylori and stomach cancer

  • Boosts the immune system

  • Reduces alleries and sinus infections

  • May help PMS and lower development of ovarian cysts and endometriosis

  • Decreases inflammation. 

 

You can purchase it from most good health food stores including Whole Foods. 

STEVIA

 

Stevia is not a sugar but a herb and therefore does not raise insulin levels at all. Japan uses Stevia more than any other country for its no calorific and sweetening effects. 

 

Stevia can be 30 times sweeter than sugar and so less can be used as a result. 

 

The leaves are nutritious containing protein, fibre, carbs, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, rutin, vitamin A and C and 53 other constitutents. 

 

Studies and reports come from Stevia that is pure and not processed. So be sure to get it in it's purest form. Stevia regulates blood sugar levels bringing them to balance. It generally lowers your blood sugar at first so Hypoglycemics need to be aware of that when they first start using it. However, this tends to be with the processed variety not the pure form Stevia. 

 

Other studies have shown Stevia to lower elvated blood pressure but not normal blood pressure. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria and other infectious organisms, including bacteria that cause decay and gum disease. 

 

Add natural Stevia guilt free to foods for a sweet taste with no medical or fat storing consequence. 

MONK FRUIT

 

Monk fruit extract is 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. The extract contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero sodium, and zero fat. Manufacture's find this attractive for low -calorie products.

Sweeteners made from monk fruit do not impact blood sugar levels. They have zero calories so are a good option for those wanting to lose weight. 

There are no negative side effects. 

 

Monk fruit gets its sweetness from antioxidant mogrosides. It has the potential to be a low-glycemic natural sweetener. Mogrosides may help reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress may lead to disease. Although it’s unclear how specific monk fruit sweeteners come into play, the study shows monk fruit’s potential.

Vicki Witt

Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Coach, Certified LEAP allergy therapist, Reiki Master

BS (Nutr & Food Sci) PG Dip Clin Nutr RNutr

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