Sweet life – with dental health perks

Sugar is demodé, are agave sirup and stevia the sweeteners du jour? Now let’s talk faves; I’ll show you mine, you’ll show me yours! 😉

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Beauty isn’t only about products you put on your skin, and so we talk a lot about healthy food here – lately about delicious power of papayas and fantastic health benefits of chocolate – so here’s another healthy favourite of mine: an alternative to sugar that’s even good for our teeth!

SWEET THING, SWEET THING

First off: I don’t have a sweet tooth. Not even close! Tea, coffee, latte go unsweetened. Hell I even skip it in my porridge every morning when I can.

I like to make caramelised onions when cooking, or to add a sweet note when I cook fresh tomatoes, or for asian recipes. I’ve used raw cane sugar for years (it’s vegan, unprocessed, certified bio, and has about the glycemic index of bananas), but looked for a healthy sub to reduce calories – and the risk of cavities, yikessss.

I hate common sweeteners for horrific side effects (no Light products for me, oh no), so I looked at them natural substitutes.

My first takes were Stevia and Rice Sirup, later Agave Sirup. I didn’t like the taste of stevia though – and the fact of just how processed those pills and liquids were. That’s not the raw and original taste of nature.
Rice sirup wasn’t my cup of tea; and agave sirup aka vegan honey, while having a mild and pleasant taste, turned out to be mainly concentrated fructose. Research proves it has no health benefits, rather health risks, and is most certainly NOT diabetic friendly as often advertised!

I looked out for an alternative.

KNOCK ON WOOD

Then Din of EiswuerfelImSchuh, who’s very up-to-date with healthy food news, told me about a xylitol-based sweetener – and I soon had found a favourite!

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I’ll make the long story SHORT. Here’s the meat (and as usual, Miss Wiki has got all the facts):

Perk #1: Xylitol is as sweet as sugar. Not sweeter, not less sweet, and has no unpleasant aftertaste.
Perk #2: You can cook with it and bake with it, just like with sugar – replace sugar 1 to 1.
Perk #3: It’s actually GOOD for the TEETH, as it doesn’t break down like sugar, so that the pH stays neutral instead of going acidic, and bacteria have a hard time sticking to your teeth. Research also shows that it can help harden (key word: remineralisation) the tooth enamel. Now, how gorg is that!?
Perk #4: It has about 30-40% less calories than sugar, 100g = 235 kcal. More important than that:
Perk #5: It has a very low glycemic index of about 10 points.
Perk #6: The product I use, is derived from FSC-certified wood in Finland, and is guaranteed GM-free, and the manufacturer focuses on reducing CO2-emissions and the use of water and energy. Green thumbs up!

WORDS OF WARNING:
Xylitol is highly toxic to animals, esp. to dogs.
Check where it comes from – you don’t want GMO corn, right?

Do you use sugar or sweeteners? What are your favourites?

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  8. Now they are some very good reason for using Xitlotol. BTW, and totally off topic, I bought Scriviner from the app store – I need to explore a bit to find out all that it does. 😉

    • it’s a jawbreaker, innit? 😉
      the word. the sweetener is fab. I can’t believe they keep using aspartame, I mean its side effects are KNOWN and immense. go figure…

      oh, one word of advice! the scrivener tutorial (included!) is very well made and really priceless! you should absolutely take your time and check it out. otherwise you’ll miss maybe 50% of the features, I’m not kidding.

  9. Always have the small sachets with me, just in case I would like to have a cafe latte.

    PS. Thanks for the link.

    • Dang! I just ordered 2 x 3kg packs and totally forgot the sticks! Gah! Stupid, stupid, stupid…

      Have you tried the toothpaste they select yet? I had Sante but didn’t like the formula. Next I wanted to try the remineralising one but it contains propylen glycol, so I ordered the one with VitB12 instead.

  10. Fabulous! Now while I don’t have a sweet tooth at all like you, my honey does. 🙂 So I will look into it! Merci!

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