The best sweetener and sugar substitute

Personally, I have a big request of sweeteners’ taste, especially when it comes to coffee. A thousand good a sweetener to do in the body, if their taste is bad, then I prefer to consume sugar. However, after several tests on various sweeteners, I ended up with the best tasting (and not only) substitute for sugar, confirmed by studies.

I am talking about xylitol. Xylitol is used as a natural substitute for sugar and is found in many fruits and vegetables [1]. It contains fewer calories (2.4 per gram) and lower glycemic index (13) from sugar (65). In clinical trials, the group who consumed xylitol supplements had lost weight [2], compared to the group that consumed sugar.

Xylitol is tasty. It has almost the same flavor as sugar, while leaving a slight touch of dew when you try it pure (not noticeable in beverages). Also, its texture is the same as sugar, to the point that if you put them side by side, you can not easily distinguish them with the eye.

Close view of Xylitol.

Although the benefits of xylitol are not unknown, since previous studies have shown that xylitol contributes to the prevention of obesity and other metabolic disorders [3], this article will look more at the benefits of xylitol.

In a recent study, its results showed that consumption of xylitol supplements reduced sugar and fructosamine levels, and improved glucose tolerance, compared to sucrose (sugar), in non-diabetic mice [4].

In a 2014 study, xylitol also distinguished for its anti-diabetic properties, indicating that it is an ideal sugar substitute and a supplement to antidiabetic foods [5, 6], while there are not few research involving humans (the above studies were done in mice).

For example, in a study using chewing gum with xylitol, caries decreased [7]. It also acts as a GLP-1 proportional and can therefore have benefits in managing blood sugar [8].

Unlike other sweeteners, which although they have no carbohydrates and no calories, yet they are signaling the body to release insulin, contributing to obesity, xylitol does not have the same reaction, so can be used by diabetics [9].

Xylitol increases saturation and reducing the amount of food we eat up to 25% [10, 11], while it also has a positive effect on growth hormone [12].

But is it so good in health that we can consume large quantities without fear? I do not know it (and there is not something so far saying that it is dangerous to humans), but I think there should be a measure. So it’s good not to abuse Xylitol, with the logic that you do not get pounds from its consumption.

However xylitol is dangerous for the dogs. Yes, a man’s best friend is in danger of consuming something that contains xylitol, and this is because the dog’s body increases the secretion of insulin when xylitol enters their blood. This results in hypoglycemia and finally the death of the animal from acute liver failure [13].

At the beginning of the article I refer to her taste. Because I tested and used two products, I’m refering to them and I can not guarantee that all products will have the same taste [#1, #2]. Of the two, the first one has a slightly better flavor, although you can not easily distinguish them. If you are a coffee drinker (or drinker of other beverages) and you are looking for the perfect sugar substitute, try xylitol and you will not want to try anything afterwards. The ratio to sugar is 1: 1.


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