Xylitol vs. Stevia. Which of these fare better for your health?

Xylitol and Stevia are both low GI natural sugar substitutes, low in calories. However, that is where the similarities end between the two. Xylitol, unlike Stevia, has proven health benefits, thus making it far superior to all other natural sugar alternatives.

Here is a little factsheet we have produced that outlines why you should consider xylitol as your preferred natural sweetener.

Xylitol

  • Xylitol has a long history dating back to the 1800’s.
  • It is a safe alternative that has been extensively assessed by various international and national regulatory bodies.
  • There are also thousands of research studies confirming the vast health benefits of xylitol.
  • The FDA first approved it for use in the United Sates in 1963. The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) then followed this decision in 1983.
  • A scientific committee, which was a collaboration between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), recommended that xylitol, at levels up to 90 grams per day, was a safe sweetener for foods.  Studies show that even infants can safely benefit from xylitol.
  • Xylitol has no bitter after taste.
  • It is the only sweetener that tastes the closest to sugar.
  • Nothing needs to be added to xylitol, as it is the perfect natural sugar free alternative.

Xylitol’s health benefits include:

  • Significant dental benefits
  • Helps prevent tooth decay and reduces plaque formation on teeth
  • Strengthens and remineralizes teeth.
  • Relieves dry mouth
  • Reduces ear infections
  • Increases the number of immune cells
  • Strengthens bones
  • Inhibits the growth of Candida Albicans, a yeast that can cause ulcers and stomach cancer
  • Research is continuing to discover more health benefits.

Stevia

  • May have adverse effects on fertility as it has contraceptive effects on both males and females.  The Guarani Indians once used it to control fertility of women and men.
  • Approved in Australia only in 2008 and is still banned or restricted as a sweetener in some countries.
  • Minimal research has been done on its safety.
  • No proven dental health benefits.
  • Stevia claims to help alleviate high blood pressure but no such evidence/research completed thus far.
  • You need to add other sweeteners to try and mask the bitter after taste.

And there you have it - A simple factsheet that outlines the great Xylitol vs. Stevia debate (and which of the two, is our preferred choice)!

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