Xylitol is a common sugar substitute. Is it really safe? Read further.
Health professionals from around the world recommend xylitol as a sugar substitute.
In fact, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), enumerated some of the benefits one can have by using xylitol to cut ordinary sugar consumption. Among them are a reduced glycemic response compared with sucrose, increased absorption of B vitamins and calcium, and reduction of dental caries risk.
With this, many are now into using such sugar alternatives, whether to weight loss or maintaining health. Grocery aisles and health club counters are filled with food stuffed with xylitol, which is an obvious indication of its demand.
First of All, What is Xylitol?
A sugar alcohol, Xylitol is actually found in nature. Several plants including berries, oats, beets, sugar cane, corn, and birch have it. With this definition alone, we can say that it’s perfectly fine. The FDA even put it in the list of GRAS or Generally Recognized as Safe Product.
Tests proved that sugar alcohol encourages a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the ear canal and sinus cavities.
How to Manufacture?
To produce it in a volume, many companies use the process of sugar hydrogenation, which requires a catalyst. Surprisingly, in this matter, Raney nickel is used which is a powdered nickel-aluminum alloy.
This poses a serious health risk because of contamination and cancer. Yes, nickel is a carcinogen. There is also a correlation between aluminum in the body and dementia. Heavy metals are dangerous the body can’t eliminate them properly.
We all know that GMO corn is cheap and easy to find. So, these manufacturers will definitely use it instead of the more expensive natural source.
Xylitol will also result in “passive diffusion,” which will leave an unmetabolized part, which will later ferment. It will be a perfect place for bacteria to grow and spread, which can also result in a yeast problem. This is why using it usually result in gassy days and sometimes diarrhea.
It Might Cause Dangers
According to Natural News, a 1.65-gram of Xylitol killed a 100-gram rat. A typical Xylitol gum contains .7 to 1 gram of Xylitol. So, what’s more with xylitol as sugar alternative?
Though there are no documented that it affects humans, there is also a poor tracking of hydrogenated foods in general.
All in all, this is beneficial only to its definition. When humans touched it that’s the only time it poses potential damage to humans. Only for instances of sinus and ear infection, it’s good. Other than that, I don’t think so.