Now Foods XyliWhite Fluoride-Free Refreshmint Toothpaste Gel - 1 oz. (28 g) Travel-Size Tube
Now Foods XyliWhite Fluoride-Free Refreshmint Toothpaste Gel is a fluoride-free, mint flavored toothpaste gel from Now Foods that utilizes the well-researched benefits of xylitol to help support desirable oral health. Now Foods XyliWhite Fluoride-Free Refreshmint Toothpaste Gel is all-natural, formulated from select materials, and guaranteed to be of superior quality. The benefits of xylitol are well-documented, and studies continue to show its beneficial role in oral health. Now Foods XyliWhite Fluoride-Free Refreshmint Toothpaste Gel is completely safe for users of every age.
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol with a taste and texture that is remarkably similar to table sugar, with 40% fewer calories! Unlike many of the chemicals found in other fluoride-based, whitening toothpastes, xylitol is an all natural, well-tolerated substance that occurs naturally in many fruits, berries and other natural sources. In fact, the human body manufactures as much as 15 grams of xylitol every day.
- Fresh Taste
- Reduces Plaque
- Proven safe for adults & children alike
The Xylitol Revolution: Sweet Versatility
By Allen Studzinski, NOW Quality Assurance Dept.
Sounds almost too good to be true: a natural sweetener that is as sweet as sugar, has 40% less calories, may prevent dental carries, support bone health, aid in weight management, joint health, muscle building, and be suitable for diabetics? Xylitol may just be that sweetener.
Xylitol has been available since the 1960’s. First discovered in 1891, xylitol has garnered strong support in Finland where it is known as “koivusokeri” or “birch sugar” since it can be derived from the fiber of birch tree bark. Commercial xylitol is produced from xylose, which in turn is derived from corn. It is a type of carbohydrate classified as a sugar alcohol, as are sorbitol, maltitol, lactitol, and mannitol. This classification describes their chemical structures rather than suggesting an intoxicating quality. Naturally found in many foods (such as plums, berries, fibrous vegetables, and mushrooms), 15 grams a day or more can be produced naturally in the body from other foods.
Xylitol tastes like sugar but adds a cool “icy” taste sensation due to its unusual property of having a negative heat of dissolution: it actually cools the dissolving liquid. Snack foods made with xylitol taste great and are well accepted by adults and children alike.
Look Mom, No Cavities
Studies using Xylitol demonstrate a consistent decrease in dental caries (cavities) ranging from 30 to 60 percent. The mechanism of dental caries formation is one of the more extensively studied and better-understood body processes. Multiple factors play key roles, particularly bacteria and dietary sugars. The bacteria present in the mouth, such as Streptococcus mutans, ferment sugars found in the foods we eat. The bacteria then excrete organic acids as waste products of their sugar metabolism, that lowers the pH of the mouth by increasing its acidity. Once the pH falls below 5.7 the minerals of the tooth may start to dissolve, or demineralize. As this process continues, the surface of the tooth becomes weak and may eventually collapse, forming a cavity. We need something that can inhibit these bacteria or limit their metabolism. Xylitol may be an answer.
In the past, artificial sweeteners were the only choices for non-cariogenic foods since they are not metabolized in the same way as sugars. Studies show the natural sweetener xylitol is not fermented by cavity-forming bacteria. Xylitol inhibits their growth and therefore may actually decrease oral bacteria counts, contrasting with the known effects of white sugar! One fascinating study even suggests that mothers who habitually use xylitol give birth to children who may be less susceptible to cavities as they age. An ideal delivery method is chewing xylitol gum. This proven and commercially available form has the additional benefit of increasing flow of saliva, which may provide for increased buffering of plaque acids and enhanced clearance of sugars from the mouth. Xylitol is finding its way into toothpaste as the preferred sweetener.
Dieters and Diabetics Rejoice
Low carb dieters are very interested in low glycemic foods. The glycemic index (GI) is a way of measuring how quickly a food raises blood sugar levels. The higher the glycemic index, the worse a food is for individuals with blood sugar irregularities. Those struggling with weight loss are particularly concerned, since high glycemic foods may be much more likely to be stored as fat.
Glucose, which is blood sugar itself and found in corn syrup or as dextrose, is given a GI score of 100. A GI of 70 or more is considered high and includes white bread (70), Cornflakes (83) and most breakfast cereals, honey (72), and French Fries (75). Medium GI foods of 56 to 69 include table sugar (60), Coca Cola ® (63), pastas such as spaghetti (61) and most grains. A GI of 55 or less is considered low and includes milk (40) and most milk products, most fruits, soybeans (18), and most nuts such as peanuts (14). Xylitol has a super low glycemic index of 7! Its mostly insulin-independent metabolism makes it ideal for maintaining steady blood sugar and insulin levels.
Xylitol is an ideal sweetener for dieters for other reasons, as well. A teaspoon of xylitol is just as sweet as the same amount of sugar, yet has 40% fewer calories! Studies also show that xylitol consumption can decrease total caloric intake by encouraging slower gastric emptying. A dieter’s appetite might be tastefully controlled.
Aging tends to bring with it a variety of changes, including changes in nutrient absorption and metabolism. Vitamin D, for example, plays an important role in calcium absorption. But aging brings decreased intestinal receptors for Vitamin D, which eventually affects bone formation. Impaired bone formation can then lead to gradual bone thinning and osteoporosis.
Studies show that continuous moderate dietary xylitol intake leads to increased bone volume and increased bone mineral content. Dietary xylitol increases bone calcium and phosphorus concentrations in animal studies, as well as protects against a decrease in bone minerals and bone density during osteoporosis. Xylitol increases calcium absorption and bioavailability independent of such factors as Vitamin D status. In fact, xylitol’s ability to chelate or complex with minerals may account for its ability to enhance the absorption of other minerals, such as iron and magnesium.
A Bodybuilding-Anti-Aging Gourmet
“Anabolic” is a term that athletes have learned to associate with often illegal, performance enhancing substances. But anabolism is a key bodily process of growth and healing. This building-up process contrasts with catabolism, which involves a breaking down process. Supporting anabolism is of concern not only to individuals involved in sports but also those experiencing the catabolic effects of stress, illness, or surgery. Nutritional tools such as protein and amino acid supplements, various vitamins, and herbs are the subject of great interest as to their potential for countering the wasting effects of catabolism. Xylitol has been shown in numerous studies to inhibit stress related catabolism, spare critical nitrogen, enhance post-operative protein synthesis, and prevent stress-induced weight loss.
Collagen is a substance that has caught the attention of youth seekers and athletes alike. Hugely important, this protein comprises one third of the body’s protein and 75% of our skin. In addition to making up the membranes that support our organs, collagen builds bones, joints, cartilage, and constitutes the space or intracellular matrix between most of our cells. It holds water, shapes and helps to provide resiliency to the body, and literally holds our cells together. The wrinkles and degenerative diseases of aging are partly due to a failure to maintain collagen, and upon its strength and repair depends recovery from surgery, illness, and injury.
Xylitol seems to be able to impact collagen metabolism. Interestingly, xylitol-induced improvements in antioxidant status may be what is at least partly responsible for it causing increased collagen synthesis or decreased collagen degradation.
Nose & Ear Relief
Ear infections (called Otitis Media) are a common childhood illness. Ear infections are caused when bacteria or viruses find their way into the middle ear, causing inflammation, pus, and fluid accumulation. The increased pressure results in pain and the inability of the ear drum to vibrate, or even temporary hearing loss. It is often preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection. The most common offender is the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. Xylitol inhibits the growth of this offender and inhibits the attachment of bacteria to respiratory tract cells. Studies show that xylitol acts as a preventative and markedly reduces the need for antibiotics. A Xylitol nasal spray has become commercially available, motivated by these antibacterial properties.
There is much more yet to be discovered about Xylitol, with researchers looking into its potential role in everything from intestinal healing to protection in life-threatening conditions, such as sepsis. In the mean time, Xylitol’s new found popularity, availability, and great taste may just re-ignite that sweet tooth in all of us.
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