Xylitol

Published: 12th April 2006
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I am so excited about xylitol. It is perfect for those who want their families to be healthy and cavity free. Xylitol has 40% less calories than sugar and fights cavities instead of creating them. The best part is that Xylitol tastes delicious! Substitute sugar in any recipe with xylitol at a 1:1 ratio. There is a great desert cookbook with recipes for cooking with xylitol. This cookbook contains a wide variety of delicious recipes such as black forest cake and Boston cream pie as well as recipes for cookies, pies, and ice cream!

Xylitol fights bacteria, especially the most harmful bacteria that can be found in our mouths. These bacteria can store acidic sugars to be used to decay teeth during times when we consume little or no sugar!

Xylitol is safe to be consumed by diabetics and those who are hypoglycemic because it is a sugar alcohol. It has an advantage above other sugar alcohols- it is all natural, extracted from birch trees, sugar cane bagasse, and corn cobs/stalks. That's right- it is not created in a laboratory. It is not a synthetic chemical. It does not have an aftertaste like artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is the ultimate prevention tool when it comes to cavities.

Many people believe that when a cavity forms the only thing that will stop it is a dentist's drill. This is not true! Xylitol can stop cavities from worsening and can eventually heal cavities by creating an environment where the tooth actually restores its enamel coating.

Is there a time for the dentist drill? Yes I think there is, when we have let mouths get so infested with decay that the tooth has died or is nearly dead. I my self have had several cavities and I don't recommend it to anyone.

I have written three other articles on xylitol, Xylitol the Cure for Caries, The Many Bacteria in Your Mouth, and Safe, Healing, All Natural Xylitol. Each are easily found with a search engine. In all of them I have advocated the benefits of xylitol, told you why we have cavities, and even explained and given you solid research where you can find out for your self if xylitol is as good as I say it is.

However, I have yet to give you a resource for obtaining xylitol; the fact is that there are many different companies and products some better than others. I had the owner of Squiggle toothpaste call me and ask about buying a bulk order of his the product. He claims that his toothpaste is superior because it has more xylitol (36%) than the leading brands.

I think he is right, what I mean is that xylitol high products are better than xylitol low products. Just the other day I used a Crest brand toothpaste with a combination of xylitol and sorbitol, it also had tons of fillers and abrasives. Folks, if your toothpaste has a gritty sandpaper effect on your teeth, guess what you are actually destroying the very thing that protects you from cavities, your enamel. Stop buying those abrasive toothpastes, your toothbrush bristles do a fine job.

Ok so here is my list of great xylitol companies and products to buy:

Xlear, Inc. P.O. Box 970911 Orem, UT 84097. I use to work for clear in their shipping and warehousing department. Their xylitol is fairly good and is imported like most xylitol from China.

Products:
' Xlear, nasal wash Sugar in a nasal wash? We'll cover that in another article.
' Spry Infant Tooth Gel not for pain when teething, but for stronger permanent teeth, see my article titled Safe, Healing, All Natural Xylitol.
' Spry Cool Mint Toothpaste
' Spry Cool Mint Oral Rinse
' Spry Gum, spearmint, peppermint, cinnamon, and fresh fruit
' Xylosweet, sugar substitute or as they call it sweetener
' SparX Candy, berry, citrus, fruit

Probst Farms 3350 South Probst Lane Charleston, Utah 84032. They buy their xylitol from Xlear, Inc. or at least they used to when I worked for Xlear, Inc.

Products:
' Sugar Free Jam Preserves, apricot, mountain berry, peach, raspberry, strawberry, and wildberry.
' (Sugar meaning "sucrose")
' Sugar Free Diet Syrup, maple and wild blueberry
' Sugar Free Honey
' Sugar Free Tomato Ketchup

Epic Industries, Inc. Provo, UT 84601. One of the founders of Epic Industries, Inc. actually use to work early on for Xlear, Inc., so I guess you could call it a spin off company. I am not sure where they get their xylitol from, they use to get it from Xlear.

Products:
' Xylitol & Fluoride Toothpaste
' Fluoride Free Xylitol Toothpaste
' Gum, spearmint, peppermint, cinnamon, and fresh fruit
' Mints, peppermint and fresh fruit
' Oral Rinse, spearmint
' Euphoria Xylitol sweetener

Leaf Oy, box 406 (K'rs'm'entie 36) 20101 Turku Finland. Claims to have the first 1005 xylitol gum, I wouldn't be surprised, the USA has been so behind on adopting cures, the dental industry makes MORE money from us when we have more cavities.

Products:
' XyliFresh gum, 100% xylitol sweetened
' Jenkki, xylitol-sweetened chewing gum
' L'kerol Dents, xylitol-sweetened throat lozenge

Emerald Forest Xylitol, 557 #E Burbank St Broomfield, CO 80020

Products:
' Emerald Forest Xylitol Sweetener
' Lena's Orange Marmalade
' Emerald Forest Fudge Bar, Chocolate, Chocolate with walnuts, Rum, Mint, Orange, Coffee, Maple, Vanilla, Vanilla with walnuts, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter with Walnuts, and Lemon.
' Lena's Peppercot Jam
' Ricochet Mints, peppermint, lemon-lime, and fruit punch
' Emerald Blend Chewable Vitamins
' Ricochet Gum, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, and fruit punch.

Miscellaneous Companies

Products:
' Squiggle Toothpaste
' Sweeten Your Life the Xylitol Way, recipe book by Dr. Karen Edwards

As far as xylitol resources are concerned many of the companies listed above have some great articles and research studies to back up their claims. But be studious, read the actual research sometimes companies are not allowed to tell you how effective their product actually is due to FDA regulations. Yes, only the FDA has the authority to tell us what cures what, and when something becomes a cure then it becomes a drug. So you'll notice those disclaimers when doing your searches.

I do recommend one specific website for a great summary of what xylitol is and does. That is of course the free encyclopedia, WikiPedia found at www.WikiPedia.org. Search for xylitol you'll find it.

John Bateman advocates healthy foods. Suggested recipe link: shepherd's pie. Suggested xylitol link: xylitol gum.


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