Most of us have succumbed to the craving for sugar and something sweet at sometime in our lives. The problems occur when we don’t do any thing to curb those cravings. If we constantly give in to them over the years then it is possible that we may become the victims of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, hypoglycemia, or insulin resistance, not to mention the dangers of dental caries and obesity.

Sugar wreaks havoc on the body. It feeds bacteria and fungi that are detrimental to the body as well. Xylitol on the other hand prevents the growth of bacteria and has been found to have anti fungal properties. It is also alkaline enhancing and helps to build the immune system, protecting the body from degenerative disease and the aging process.

For those people on weight loss diets, xylitol is the answer to their prayers. Not only does it satisfy the sweet tooth, but it also metabolized by the body without using insulin. Metabolism is slow and so it scores very favorably on the Glycemic index (a measure of how quickly food enters the bloodstream.) Sugar measures a staggering 100 whereas xylitol measures just 7. There really is no contest.

The fact that Xylitol has been found to maintain low levels of insulin is the key to its success as an anti aging product, and also its popularity with diabetics and those people diagnosed as overweight or obese.

Xylitol was rediscovered during World War 11 by a Finnish scientist. Finland’s supply of domestic sugar had been badly affected. Through their search for an alternative, researchers discovered that when stabilized, xylitol (first manufactured from the birch bark in 1891) became a possible alternative sweetener to sugar. It is in fact an essential sugar that we are capable of producing ourselves during normal metabolism.

Xylitol can be purchased through most health stores and used as a substitute in recipes where normal sugar is required.