You may have seen news reports touting the benefits of using Xylitol as a sweetener. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar substitute that is often used as a sweetener in gum and low-calorie cooking. Xylitol has a sweet sugar taste and it contains just 2.4 calories per gram, which is roughly 40 percent fewer calories than sugar.
There are countless reasons to cut the amount of sugar in your diet. If you're going to use a sugarless sweetener, you need to choose wisely. Some sugar substitutes have been known to produce side effects like headaches, stomach cramps, and nausea. Unlike other sugar substitutes, Xylitol was actually tested extensively over the course of the last 25 years. Xylitol has NO side effects.
Xylitol may not sound familiar, but it's been around for years. It was used during World War II when there was a sugar shortage in Finland. According to researchers, many of the people who consumed Xylitol during the shortage were healthier than those who didn't.
As far as natural sweeteners go, Xylitol is easily the best for the teeth. Xylitol has been shown to reduce the rate of tooth decay, prevent plaque formation and assist in the hardening of soft enamel. One of the best ways to get the benefits of Xylitol is to chew gum.
At Zapp! we designed our gum with 100 percent Xylitol to help you protect your teeth and stop bad breath.