Xylitol USA - Xyla All Natural Sugar Free Sweetener - 1 lb (454g)
Xylitol USA Xyla All Natural Sugar Free Sweetener is a low-glycemic sugar that is processed from natural xylan-rich sources. Xylitol USA Xyla All Natural Sugar Free Sweetener is metabolized independently of insulin and is safe for diabetics and anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Xylitol USA Xyla All Natural Sugar Free Sweetener Highlights:
- Helps to prevent dental caries
- Helps to prevent plaque formation
- Reduced colonization of oral cavity by caries-causing bacteria
- Helps to promote healthy glucose metabolism when used in place of glucose or sucrose as part of a low-sugar diet
- Helps to reduce the incidence of inner ear infections in children.
- Diabetic friendly
- Low glycemic
- Increases vitamin absorption
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Anti-aging properties
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar. Xylitol is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. It's good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate. Xylitol looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and is the same sweetness as sugar - making it the ideal natural sugar replacement.
Xylitol is a natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar and actually helps reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings. There is a growing consensus among anti-aging research that maintaining low insulin levels is one of the keys to a successful anti-aging program.
Xylitol has no known toxic levels, though excessive use might cause a mild laxative effect which resolves as the body's enzymatic activity adjusts. A large percentage passes through the body before the carbohydrates are absorbed, thereby making it safe for diabetics or anyone pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
The vast majority of Xylitol on the market is imported from China, comes from corn, or both. Xylitol Canada prides itself on producing the finest quality Xylitol derived entirely from North American grown hardwood trees.
Xylitol is approved for use by:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Health Canada
- The World Health Organization's Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- The European Union's Scientific Committee for Food
- The California Dental Association
- Calorie Control Council and many others
Many Journals cite the positive benefits of Xylitol, including:
- The Journal of the American Dental Association
- The International Dental Journal
- Journal of Dental Research and many others
History of Xylitol
During World War II, Finland was suffering from a sugar shortage and with no domestic supply of sugar, they searched for, and rediscovered, an alternative - xylitol. It was only when xylitol was stabilized that it became a viable sweetener in foods. Researchers also discovered xylitol's insulin-independent nature (it metabolizes in the body without using insulin).
Diabetes and Xylitol
Xylitol is known to be diabetic safe. The body processes these sweeteners without using insulin in the process meaning there is no resultant spike in blood sugar. Xylitol is seven on the glycemic index and sugar is 68. The glycemic index is a numerical index that ranks carbohydrates on their rate of glycemic response or how quickly they convert to glucose in the body. The higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrate breaks down thus causing a spike in blood sugar.
The glycemic index is a numerical index that ranks carbohydrates on their rate of glycemic response or how quickly they convert to glucose in the body. The higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrates break down thus causing a spike in blood sugar.
Glycemic Index of Sweeteners
- Xylitol 7
- Agave Nectar 15
- Barley Malt Syrup 42
- Maple Syrup 54
- Blackstrap Molasses 55
- Honey 62
- White Sugar 68
- High Fructose Corn Syrup 100
- Glucose 100
According to the American Diabetes Association most sweeteners have calories and carbohydrates; for instance, table sugar (sucrose), honey, brown sugar, molasses, fructose, maple syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar and confectioners' sugar.
Xylitol is an all natural reduced-calorie sweetener or "sugar alcohol". Even though it is called a sugar alcohol, it does not contain alcohol. Sugar alcohols also include hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, and sorbitol. Sugar alcohols contain fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates than other sweeteners. The calorie content ranges from 0.2 calories per gram to 3.4 calories per gram (compared to 4 calories per gram for sugar). That doesn't mean you can eat all the sugar you may want. Most sweets contain a large amount of carbohydrate in a very small serving. So you need to be sure to have a small serving.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol - and no, that doesn't mean there's alcohol in it. It's also known as a polyol. Sugar alcohols contain fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates than other sweeteners. Replacing sugar with xylitol can be helpful if you're trying to lose weight or even to help prevent weight gain.
What does Xylitol taste like?
Xylitol is a white crystalline granule that looks and tastes like sugar. The good news is that it doesn't have the negative side effects associated with sugar. Xylitol is low calorie, low carb, diabetic safe and they think it's guilt free!
What is the nutritional content of Xylitol?
Xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate. In comparison, sugar has 3.75 calories per gram.
Where does Your Xylitol come from?
Xyla brand Xylitol is extracted from North-American grown hardwood trees, and it's delicious. Xylitol USA believes the practices employed in the harvesting and processing of their Xylitol are ecologically sustainable. Xylitol is also naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables. Did you know the human body makes about 15 grams of xylitol per day?
Does Xylitol Canada make Xylitol from birch trees?
The current process extracts xylan from corncobs or hardwood trees such as birch or maple. Currently, they use birch trees grown and processed here in North America.
Why am I just hearing about Xylitol?
During World War II, Finland was suffering from a sugar shortage and with no domestic supply of sugar they searched for, and rediscovered, an alternative - xylitol. It was only when xylitol was stabilized that it became a viable sweetener in food. Researchers also discovered xylitol's insulin-independent nature (it metabolizes in the body without using insulin). Xylitol is the sweetener of choice in European countries and they are just catching up in North America. Today, about 80% of chewing gum sold in Asian countries contains xylitol.
How is Xylitol made?
The xylan molecule is extracted from hardwood trees through an all-natural process utilizing steam and ion exchange. Then, it's crystallized and voila! - Emerald Forest all natural xylitol is ready for your coffee, tea, cereal, and all those delicious baked goods you wish you could eat but have been avoiding because of high calories.
How do your products compare to your competitors?
Xylitol Canada chooses to use 100% pure crystalline granules with no added ingredients. They have surveyed other products and find that some companies add what they consider to be unnecessary ingredients. Check the ingredient label and you might find natural flavors (what are they exactly?), sugar, or silica dioxide (which is a flowing agent). They feel these added ingredients dilute the purity of xylitol products.
How do I use Xyla all natural sweeteners?
Xyla brand Xylitol can be used one to one in any recipe requiring sugar. It is ideal for sweetening coffee, tea, cereal or using in homemade, salad dressing, sauces, and dips and any other recipe calling for sugar.
How do I bake with Xylitol?
Xyla brand Xylitol can be used one to one in any recipe requiring sugar. Sugar alcohols do not react with yeast so they won't help bread rise.
Xylitol does not caramelize when baking so finished baked goods may seem dryer. An easy solution is to add more liquid, lecithin, butter, or even xanthan gum to the recipe to retain moisture. Xanthan gum will keep sugar alcohols from crystallizing so they suggest sifting xanthan gum with xylitol prior to adding liquid ingredients. Solid chocolates and some recipes that are exposed to air for long periods such as jams or jellies will also show signs of re-crystallizing.
If a recipe calls for powdered sugar (i.e., frosting), place dry xylitol in a blender or food processor and pulse until it's a fine powder. You can also add corn starch, tapioca powder, arrowroot or a touch of guar gum to powdered xylitol and blend it all together. Use two parts by weight of powder to one part of shortening or butter for frosting.
To substitute for one cup of brown sugar, use ¼ cup molasses and ¾ xylitol.
Are Xyla all natural sweeteners allergen-free?
Yes! Xylitol is non-allergenic; the likelihood of an adverse reaction is less than one in a million. As well, the process of extracting xylitol from its source eliminates the possibility of allergic reactions from plant materials. Think of distilled water: whether it begins with water from the ocean, lake, or river, once the water is distilled the finished product is pure water. Its origin has no bearing on the end product. It's the same with Xylitol: once xylan is extracted from its source - just like distilled water - it has no connection to its original source. In addition, the body produces up to 15 grams of xylitol per day, which means they have a natural tolerance to xylitol.
How does Xylitol affect diabetics?
Xylitol is known to be diabetic safe. It is a natural insulin stabilizers; therefore, they don't cause a spike in blood sugar and actually help reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Xylitol is seven on the glycemic; sugar is 68.
What is the glycemic index and why is it important?
The glycemic index is a numerical index that ranks carbohydrates on their rate of glycemic response or how quickly they convert to glucose in the body. The higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrate breaks down thus causing a spike in blood sugar.
Why does my dentist suggest I use products sweetened with Xylitol?
Testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth which is why they use it in their Ricochet-brand Gums, Mints, Candies. Classified as a sugar alcohol, it differs from sugar because most sugar alcohols are unable to metabolize oral bacteria and they also inhibit plaque formation. Xylitol doesn't ferment so it can't produce acid. Maintaining a neutral pH level in the mouth is necessary as an alkaline environment is inhospitable to destructive bacteria, especially streptococcus mutans. Research has proven that regular use of xylitol helps re-mineralize damaged tooth enamel and inhibits demineralization of healthy tooth enamel. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that "Xylitol is an effective preventive agent against dental caries." Catherine Hayes, D.M.D., D.M.Sc at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine concluded that "Xylitol can significantly decrease the incidence of dental caries." Xylitol is also great for dry mouth because it stimulates salivary flow which makes the pH of the mouth more alkaline.
How much Xylitol can be consumed in a day?
Research shows that 6-7 grams of xylitol per day provides maximum protection against tooth decay. So enjoy a piece of gum or two after snacks or meals.
Are there any side effects to using Xylitol?
Excessive use of xylitol can cause mild digestive discomfort. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that xylitol is non-toxic for humans.
Is Xylitol safe for pets?
No. Do not give xylitol to pets, because if they ingest xylitol they run the risk of going into hypoglycemic shock. Chocolate is a good example of a food that's safe for you, but bad for your pets. Pet owners know not to give 'people-food' to pets for any reason as their bodies just can't handle it. Emerald Forest Sugar, Inc. is not qualified to give pet owners veterinary advice. If your pet accidentally ingests any xylitol, immediately call your veterinarian.
Tell me more about your Xyla products? Do you make them?
Xyla is the name they use on all of their xylitol-sweetened Mints, Candy, and Gums. Yes, they make them themselves at their manufacturing plant in Broomfield, Colorado. Xyla products are an excellent way to incorporate the myriad health and dental benefits available from xylitol-sweetened products in a tasty, convenient way. Xyla Mints, and candies are attractively packaged in unique decorator tins and Xyla Gum is available in a 12-ct. blister pack or a 100-ct. jar.
Xylitol USA, Inc. was formally Incorporated in 2010 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Xylitol Canada, Inc. Their roots go back prior to 2004 and they have been producing a full line of Xylitol products in North America for almost 10 years. They maintain a state of the art production and distribution facility in Aurora, CO.
Their staff has over 50 years of combined experience and expertise in naturally sugar free sweeteners and products. As a division of a publicly traded company, Xylitol USA has the strategic backing and vision to continue to be a leader in the Xylitol market.
Xylitol USA uses only North American Hardwood based Xylitol. Rest assured whether you are purchasing their bulk Xylitol, or any one of their 70+ Xylitol products, you are getting the highest quality North American made offering available.