A lot of you have been asking about sugar alternatives and here, we answer your questions and help shed some light on the best tasting solutions. Today, we answer common questions on Xylitol.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a commonly used sugar substitute. It is an alcohol sugar, also known as a poly-alcohol. Although as sweet as sugar it only has 2.4 calories per gram, compared to sugar with 4 calories per gram.
As a sugar alternative, xylitol is considered Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is also “tooth-friendly”, meaning it does not promote tooth-decay like sugar does.
Why is xylitol not used in more sugar replacement products?
The main disadvantage of xylitol as a sugar alternative is that it still has a significant amount of calories and it ranks seven on the glycemic index.
This is also in light of the fact that there is another sugar alcohol in the same family that has only 0.2 calories per gram AND is zero on the glycemic index. Erythritol is more commonly used in low calorie, sugar replacements for these reasons alone.
This sounds too good to be true. What other differences are there?
Compared to xylitol and sugar, erythritol is only 70% as sweet. Meaning to get the same sweetness, you’d have to use more erythritol.
However, there are products out there that combine the good effects of erythritol with another wonder sugar substitute, stevia to produce a 100% natural sweetener. These sweeteners are the same sweetness as sugar but with only 0.4 calories per serve (2g), as compared to 16 calories for a sugar (4g).
One such sweetener is Natvia. Made in Australia, it was introduced in 2001 and is now Australia’s number one natural sweetener. It has also been embraced by the international coffee industry, as it’s the closest in taste to sugar.
In the UK, it is the natural sweetener of choice for EAT-The Real Food Company. You can also get Natvia delivered to your home via their Amazon store . If you are looking for a sugar alternative, this is one to try. Check out www.natvia.co.uk and see what the fuss is about.