If you’re in the habit of chewing sugarless gum after meals, you may actually be offering yourself a dental health boost. If you’re concerned with artificial sweetening agents in sugar free products, may we introduce you to xylitol? This amazing compound is derived from natural substances. Not only is xylitol safe for sweetening gum without added calories, but it may actually offer a boost to your teeth when staving off decay and gum disease.
Q1. True or false – Aspartame is an artificial sweetener known to incite cravings for fatty foods.
Q2. True or false – Xylitol is a compound which is derived from fruits and vegetables.
Q3. True or false – Xylitol repairs tooth enamel demineralization.
Q4. True or false – The use of xylitol as a substitute for sugar is fairly new.
Q5. True or false – Xylitol helps neutralize acid in your mouth.
A1. TRUE – Many people enjoy their diet soda, but they are probably not giving themselves a leg up on weight management. On the other hand, xylitol has approximately 75% less carbohydrates and 40% fewer calories than sugar without causing cravings for calorie dense fats.
A2. TRUE – Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate. Food scientists are able to extract xylitol from fibrous vegetables and fruits. Xylitol is also produced in small amounts by the human body.
A3. TRUE – Xylitol is definitely better for your teeth and gums than sugar. Xylitol provides a similar sweet taste without being attractive to germs. In fact, the compound suffocates the bacteria that wreak havoc in your mouth.
A4. FALSE – Xylitol has actually been used as a sugar substitute for about half a century
A5. TRUE – Xylitol neutralizes your oral pH balance which reduces the production of acid in your mouth. This also neutralizes existing acid, thereby lowering the production of destructive plaque.
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