Xylitol is a lower-calorie sugar substitute with a low glycemic index. Some research suggests that it may also improve dental health, prevent ear infections, and possess antioxidant properties.
Xylitol is a common ingredient in many products, from sugar-free chewing gum to toothpaste. People also use xylitol as a table-top sweetener and in baking.
Xylitol contains 40% fewer calories:
Table sugar: 4 calories per gram
Xylitol: 2.4 calories per gram
Unlike sugar, xylitol has negligible effects on blood sugar and insulin levels. Animal studies indicate impressive benefits for metabolic health.
Xylitol can starve the harmful bacteria in your mouth, reducing plaque build-up and tooth decay. This can help prevent dental cavities and inflammatory gum diseases.
Xylitol may increase collagen production and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. It also feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut.