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Dentist recommended xythanol (not sure of spelling) as natual sweetener ????

he said it's low cal and comes from tree bark and is completely natural and safe but it helps break down bacteria in the mouth. i think they use it in chewing gum but i'm not sure. anyone heard of this?


Asked by huntin_mama at 1:14 AM on Apr. 6, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Xylitol as well as Erythritol both have properties of not promoting tooth decay (doesn't break down like sugar does and change the pH level in your mouth to promote bacterial growth). However, unlike Erythritol, Xylitol can cause abdominal discomfort if you eat too much of it. I prefer Erythritol (which, truvia is a mix of Erythritol and Stevia) purely on a taste preference but all three are great for anyone who has insulin resistance.

    Basically put, yes: your dentist is right. Look for it for sure, but don't be afraid of something with Erythritol in it either. Stevia doesn't have the claim to being dental friendly, but it is low-calorie. And as odd as it sounds, if you're looking to kill bacteria in your mouth - try brushing with natural coconut oil before brushing your teeth - it's a natural antibacterial. I've been using it and it's really helped whiten my teeth naturally by killing off gingivitis.

    Answer by Cenchan at 4:04 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Yeah it is in chewing gum but I dont know if it is a natural sweetener or where you would find it.

    Answer by tlvalmom at 1:16 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Yep. It does what he says.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 1:29 AM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • Do you mean xylitol? Anything ending in "ol" is an alcohol sugar. It's harmless but beware that too much can cause loose stools.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:29 AM on Apr. 6, 2011