tickControls appetite
tickControls carbohydrate
tickAids definition & fat loss
tickAids health
How does it work?
Xylitol is found in many foods labeled "sugar-free", including hard candies, meal-replacement drinks, cookies, chewing gums, soft drinks, and throat lozenges.
Who is it used for?
If you're trying to lose weight or reduce the sugar content of your diet, look for products containing xylitol. Products with xylitol are very popular with people following low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins Diet or Protein Power.
How does it work?
With the recent research showing the effectiveness of low-carbohydrate diets for accelerating fat loss, many people are concerned about the type of carbohydrate in their diet. This makes it very difficult to find a range of foods you can actually eat, as most foods contain too much carbohydrate for these diets. However, research shows that products containing Xylitol (pronounced zie-lit-ol) can help to control insulin levels and curb your appetite.

A recent study of healthy men examined their metabolic response to Xylitol. The results show that while glucose (a type of sugar) caused an increase in both blood sugar and insulin levels, Xylitol did not have such a pronounced effect [1]. Xylitol has also been shown to reduce your appetite, by keeping you feeling fuller for longer [2].

Xylitol is not fermented by the oral bacteria, and it inhibits bacterial growth. This means that it helps prevent tooth decay and makes it less likely you will need a painful and expensive filling the next time you visit the dentist. Children chewing gum containing xylitol for five minutes five times daily for two years had large reductions in caries risk compared to those not chewing gum. Another study found xylitol-containing gums gave long-term protection against caries.
How do I use it?
If you're trying to lose weight or reduce the sugar content of your diet, look for products containing a blend of xylitol and maltodextrin, rather than just dextrose or maltodextrin alone.
What results can I expect?
Foods that contain a blend of Xylitol and maltodextrin will help to control insulin levels and curb your appetite to a far greater extent than those containing dextrose or maltodextrin alone.
What can it be combined with?
Xylitol is found in meal-replacement drinks, cookies, chewing gums, and soft drinks designed for people who want to lose weight and reduce the sugar content of their diet.

1. Muller-Hess R, Geser CA, Bonjour JP, Jequier E, Felber JP. (1975). Effects of oral xylitol administration on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in normal subjects. Infusionsther Klin Ernahr, 2, 247-252
2. Shafer RB, Levine AS, Marlette JM, Morley JE. (1987). Effects of xylitol on gastric emptying and food intake. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 45, 744-747

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