The Health Benefits of Stevia and Xylitol

Do you use stevia or xylitol?  I hope so because both of these sweeteners have some pretty neat health benefits.  Besides, they make life a little sweeter.

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Stevia is all over the place these days, so you won’t have any trouble finding it.  It tastes great and even has some major health benefits.  Stevia can help control blood sugar AND insulin levels.  This is exciting news since both are closely connected to health and longevity.  In fact, controlling your blood sugar and insulin levels after meals is a powerful way to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and a few other age related disease processes.  In a recent study on subjects diagnosed with diabetes Type II, stevioside reduced after-meal blood glucose levels by 18%.  That’s powerful stuff.  To think that you can decrease your chances for any of these disease processes while possibly improving your health and longevity by using stevia is pretty sweet.
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Xylitol would be an equally good choice because it brings along several surprising health benefits.  It not only helps fight cavities, but it can help strengthen bones and help prevent ear and upper respiratory infections.  Xylitol helps promote dental health by suppressing S. mutans, the bacteria that promotes cavities.  I’ll use anything that helps me avoid dental fillings.  If you like root canals, keep on using your Splenda.

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Because xylitol seems to promote tooth enamel, researchers are looking into the possibility that xylitol may help improve bone density, too.  This would be an exciting development in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, right?

Xylitol also stops the growth of strep bacteria, which is a major cause of sinusitis and middle ear infections (hello moms!).  In one clinical trial, xylitol chewing gum or syrup reduced middle ear infections in the daycare children by 30-40%.  This is rather exciting news for those of us with children prone to middle ear infections, eh?!

Like stevia, Xylitol can also help lower blood sugar and insulin levels, thereby reducing the chance for age related disease processes.  We’re talking cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancers, and the general slew of age releated disease processes that send your health down the hopper.

PS-We all know that xylitol can give you the squirts, so just be aware of that if you tend to pour heavy or plan to go for a run.  You know what I’m saying.

Remember to stay away from the artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose.  I have already written quite a bit about this topic here, so read up on it if you haven’t already.

That’s all for today from chilly South Florida, folks.  I may have to get a root canal REDONE, so that’s awesome.  This makes me want to drink some xylitol.  I generally use stevia but after writing this, I think I’ll switch it up.  Ciao for now.