Sugar has become a "no-no" in many people's diets in recent times. The negative aspects of sugar have been brought to light, and people are looking for alternatives to give them that sweet taste that they desire - but without all the downsides of refined sugar. We are one of these families and have been sugar-free now for quite some time. Being sugar-free doesn't mean that we never get to eat anything sweet, it just means that we have found natural, healthier alternatives with which to sweeten our foods.
I'd like to share with you one of the natural sugar alternatives that is out there and has really grown in popularity! Xyla® xylitol is a white crystalline granule that looks and tastes like sugar but has 40% less calories and 75& less carbohydrates than sugar. It is a natural sugar alternative that not only helps you eliminate regular sugar, but it also brings with it several health benefits. A few of these include:
~ xylitol is safe for diabetics
~ promotes good health and stabilizes insulin and hormone levels
~ it is a natural, non-fermentable sugar alternative that helps restore a proper pH balance to the mouth, which in turn helps to prevent cavities
~ xylitol is gluten-free
~ aids in with weight loss
~ inhibits harmful yeast
~ helps to increase the absorption of B vitamins and calcium
~ has alkaline enhancing and anti-aging properties
~ is made exclusively in North America from hardwood trees
And here's our favorite benefit - it can be substituted in recipes one-to-one wherever sugar is used! That means you can use it in pies, cakes, desserts, coffee, tea, etc. It is very easy and simple to use and doesn't require any extra steps or doesn't give you a strange-tasting food in the end! In fact, it may be a great item to try for some of your back to school baking to get your kids eating healthier as well.
Let's go back for a second though and look at one more of those benefits I listed above that I also really like the sounds of - the dental benefits of Xyla®! Who doesn't want healthier teeth? And if you're anything like me I'd do anything to avoid having to get a cavity filled...visiting the dentist is bad enough but getting a filling? That's definitely not on my list of "things I'd like to do!" Xyla® helps promote oral health and prevents bacteria from multiplying by creating a hostile environment for both bacteria and plaque. It restores a proper pH balance in the mouth, helps to stop demineralization of tooth enamel and in fact, it encourages re-mineralization of tooth enamel! It reduces infections in the mouth and increases saliva production. Just those dental benefits alone make me want to have Our 2lb Xylitol can is very popular.
Now to take a peek at what kind of Xyla® products you might like to add to your cupboards! The 2lb Xyla can is a popular product with Xylitol that is made only from the finest North American Hardwood Trees. It's great for baking, and adding to your meals, desserts, etc. Also, some individual 4 gram Xyla packets are a great way to sweeten your coffee or tea! You'll want to have some of the refreshing 100% Xyla Xylitol Sweetened Peppermint Mints on hand to keep in your purse, diaper bag or glove department. They are a great, natural way to sweeten your breath! Finally, how about a little bit of Xyla candy to help with those sweet cravings and just for a natural, healthy treat once in a while. They come in a variety of flavors such as raspberry, watermelon, grape, licorice, and more. There are many other Xyla Xylitol products to choose from as well.
One of our readers is going to win a Xyla® prize package including a 2 lb. canister of Xyla, a box of 100 sachets as well as a sleeve containing 6 tins of top mints & candies (raspberry, watermelon, grape, licorice, wintermint, peppermint). Open to Canada only. Contest ends September 16, 2013.
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