Source Naturals - XyliSmart - 3 oz. (85 g)
Source Naturals XyliSmart contains xylitol, a low calorie and low glycemic sweetener. Xylitol is a healthy sugar substitute. Source Naturals XyliSmart may reduce the risk of tooth decay in the mouth, which is promoted through frequent consumption of in-between-meal snacks that are high in sugar and starches. XyliSmart xylitol is known as a low-glycemic index (GI) sweetener due to its slow absorption into the bloodstream, which does not result in rapid changes in blood glucose concentrations. Source Naturals XyliSmart looks and tastes as sweet as sugar, but with less calories and without any of the downside of sugar, and delivers a cool refreshing aftertaste.
Xylitol’s Oral Health Benefits
Foods that contain sugar are energy sources for bacteria like Mutans streptococci, which multiply and produce harmful acids in the mouth.
Xylitol promotes the flow of saliva, which can buffer the acids produced by bacteria and provide support for remineralization of demineralized teeth. Once pH levels in the mouth drop below a neutral pH of 7, tooth enamel begins to demineralize. Studies suggest that xylitol’s oral health benefits may be attributed to its ability to undo the early stages of tooth decay and improve the bacterial environment of the mouth.
A Low-Glycemic Sweetener
Glycemic index (GI) is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates, which break down rapidly
during digestion, release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream and have a high glucose index. Glucose absorbed from sugar is typically
assigned a GI value of 100. Xylitol has a much lower GI value of 13. This is attributed to the fact that low-digestible carbohydrates, such as
xylitol, break down slowly and release glucose gradually into the bloodstream, resulting in a lower glycemic response.
The Sugar Issue
High glucose levels brought on by consumption of carbohydrates greatly increase the risk of weight gain, metabolic inflammation and glycation - the breakdown of protein by sugars. Accelerated carbohydrate levels signal the body to produce excess insulin, which is a hormone that tells the body to store fat instead of burning it off as energy. The resulting weight gain, which is stored as fat and surrounds the organs of the midsection, is known as VAT (visceral adipose tissue). It secretes pro-inflammatory messenger molecules called cytokines, signaling the immune system to go into a state of metabolic inflammation. This further causes healthy cells to resist insulin’s ability to process sugar in order to maintain healthy glucose levels. Once unused sugar builds in the bloodstream, it signals the pancreas to produce more insulin. Excess insulin results in decreased insulin sensitivity and upsets the delicate balance of healthy blood sugar levels, which fuels a vicious cycle of inflammatory response.A modern convenience diet high in carbohydrates can throw metabolic systems out of balance and potentially damage healthy
nerves and circulatory tissues through a process called glycation. It is vital to develop key strategies which promote health and longevity
and maintain blood sugar levels in the normal range. Source Naturals XyliSmart is thus the perfect substitute for sugar because it is
absorbed slowly, does not promote tooth decay, contains less calories than sugar, and does not alter your energy levels in a manner that sugar
Source Naturals also recommends adopting healthy lifestyle choices, getting plenty of exercise and rest, and following a nutritious, organic, whole foods diet that is low in sugars and refined carbohydrates. Unfortunately, the pleasure of sugar may come with a hefty price, resulting in damage to our bodies and our long term health. Fortunately, nature has provided us an ideal alternative in xylitol.
Leaders of the Wellness Revolution
Source Naturals was created in 1982 by C.E.O Ira Goldberg to support each individual’s potential to enjoy optimal health. At that time, the kind of nutritional formulations he envisioned – for the maintenance of well-being and the enhancement of life – simply didn’t exist. The idea of combining many nutrients, herbs and nutraceuticals in one formulation, though common today, was then a rarity. Source Naturals pioneered the concept with Wellness Formula™, now the industry’s #1 immune support product. Source Naturals subsequently introduced numerous award-winning formulas, recognized for their excellence in independent surveys and nutritional analyses. In addition to Wellness, these award-winners include Life Force Multiple, Mega-Kid Multiple, Inflama-Rest, the Skin Eternal line, Higher Mind, Essential Enzymes, Male Response, and more.
Source Naturals’ comprehensive Bio-Aligned Formulas help bring the power of alignment to your body. When formulating, Source Naturals evaluates the underlying causes of system imbalances, and then provides targeted nutrition to interdependent body systems. Source Naturals' line of more than 600 products also includes well-researched, single entity nutrients in their highest quality and most bioavailable forms. Source Naturals' nutritional supplements are at the leading edge of today’s Wellness Revolution. This transformation in health consciousness also includes new perspectives in diet, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual development, and complementary health care. Source Naturals Strategy for Wellness is to provide education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying solely on outside medical authority. The result is people who are more productive and fulfilled, and a world that is stronger and healthier.