Tastes Like Sugar
Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar. I kid you not. Xylitol really does taste like sugar. There is no bitter or licorice after taste like there are in other sugar substitutes. My tea and coffee tastes just the same as if I’d put regular sugar in it. And it does look like sugar — except the granules are a tad larger.
It is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. The xylitolcanada website claims that xylitol is good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners.
It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate. Xylitol is a natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar and actually helps reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings.
Xylitol has no known toxic levels, though excessive use might cause a mild laxative effect which resolves as the body’s enzymatic activity adjusts. A large percentage passes through the body before the carbohydrates are absorbed, thereby making it safe for diabetics or anyone pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I would still caution that you should consult your doctor about using xylitol if you are a diabetic. But I will say that I have used it with no coinciding sugar spike. I love it in my tea, coffee, and cocoa and I use it for low glycemic dessert recipes.
I’m ecstatic to finally find a way to safely feed my occasional sweet tooth craving. Quality of life over austere diet restriction is for happy-making.