What are the benefits of xylitol on our health?

Updated at: Jan 16, 2013
What are the benefits of xylitol on our health?
Pratima Sharma
Exercise & FitnessWritten by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Jan 16, 2013

Associated with multiple health benefits, xylitol has emerged as the best substitute for sugar. Found in fibrous vegetables, xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar alcohol, possessing a low glycemic Index (7) and the same sweetness as sugar. It is available in the forms of candies and gums.


With 40% lesser calories than sugar and bacteria-fighting properties, xylitol is highly remedial in:

  • weight loss
  • increasing bone density
  • maintaining hormonal balance, and
  • stabilising blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
  • keeping bacterial-related oral, nasal, and ear infections at bay.
  • Especially in women, the other evident health benefits of xylitol include prevention of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, depression, hot flashes, PMS and excessive postpartum weight gain.
  • Regular xylitol intake successfully evades tooth decay, dental plaque and dental caries.




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