Xylitol is known to be diabetic safe. The body processes these sweeteners without using insulin in the process meaning there is no resultant spike in blood sugar. Xylitol is seven on the glycemic index and sugar is 68. The glycemic index is a numerical index that ranks carbohydrates on their rate of glycemic response or how quickly they convert to glucose in the body. The higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrate breaks down thus causing a spike in blood sugar. For more information, please visit www.glycemicindex.com
Glycemic Index of Sweeteners
Agave Nectar 15
Barley Malt Syrup 42
Maple Syrup 54
Blackstrap Molasses 55
White Sugar 68
High Fructose Corn Syrup 100
According to the American Diabetes Association most sweeteners have calories and carbohydrates; for instance, table sugar (sucrose), honey, brown sugar, molasses, fructose, maple syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar and confectioners’ sugar.
Xylitol is an all natural reduced-calorie sweetener or “sugar alcohol”. Even though it is called a sugar alcohol, it does not contain alcohol. Sugar alcohols also include hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, and sorbitol. Sugar alcohols contain fewer calories and fewer carbohydrates than other sweeteners. The calorie content ranges from 0.2 calories per gram to 3.4 calories per gram (compared to 4 calories per gram for sugar). That doesn’t mean you can eat all the sugar you may want. Most sweets contain a large amount of carbohydrate in a very small serving. So you need to be sure to have a small serving. Please visit www.diabetes.org for tips on carbohydrate counting and sugar alcohols.
Why use Xylitol ?
Xylitol tastes great! Xylitol is as sweet as sugar. Products made with Xylitol have fewer calories than foods made with sugar or other caloric sweeteners. That can be helpful if you’re trying to lose weight or even to help prevent weight gain. Xylitol also has fewer carbohydrates which can be helpful in managing blood glucose levels.
Sugar alcohols can have a mild laxative effect when consumed in excess. Xylitol, however, has the highest digestive tolerance of all sugar alcohols.