Americans aren't the only citizens around the world benefitting from Xylitol; a natural sugar alternative. Now, Australians and New Zealanders can reap the perks of eating candy without having to worries about any detrimental health effects.

You see, artificial sweeteners and fructose sugar are known to harm our health in so many ways. They're dangerous to diabetics who must curb their sugar intake. For everybody else, a sugar overload only causes cavities. Since Western cultures crave sugar, it's proving to be a problem in our society that has become so reliant on sugar.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit. Today it is most commonly obtains from corncobs and various hardwoods such as birch. Although it sounds like a chemical, it isn't. The name Xylitol was dubbed by a Finnish scientist in 1891 when the product was first introduced. Since this time, Xylitol has been approved by the World Health Organisation, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, as well as over 50 countries worldwide.

Xylitol benefits

Xylitol offers a wealth of benefits for anybody desiring sweetness since it looks, feels and tastes exactly like sugar. The only difference is that sugar can harm the body while Xylitol actually heals, repairs and builds immunity within the body. This is because Xylitol is an anti-microbial sugar which prevents bacteria and fungi growth.

Essentially, Xylitol modifies the saliva in a person's mouth when eating. This means it promotes the remineralisation of tooth enamel, which ultimately prevents cavities. The benefits do not end here. From a dietary perspective, Xylitol is slowly absorbed by the blood thanks to its Glycaemic Index of 7. It also contains 40 per cent fewer calories and 75 per cent less carbohydrates compared to refined sugar. It will even freshen your breath and does not contain aspartame; a harmful chemical found in artificial sweeteners.

Buying Xylitol in Australia

Naturally Sweet XClear Australia is a company dedicated to bringing natural sugar alternatives to Australian households. They have been sourcing the best products nationally and from overseas suppliers since 2003. The Naturally Sweet online store specialises in stocking two Xylitol candy brands:

SparkX Candy

Each tube of SparX sugar-free candy is packed with sugar-sweetened candy tablets. They're available in berry, fruit or citrus flavours.

Dr Johns Candies

SimplyXylitol is a line of delicious treats created by American dentist Dr. John. The line proves that Xylitol doesn't have to be boring at all, offering an array of tasty treats from creamsicle lollipops to chocolate and vanilla nougat swirls.

Xylitol is safe for diabetics and ideal for people whom desire sweetness, but only want to produce positive benefits for their teeth. So this Halloween, you don't have to give up candy altogether. Just swap your sugar-fix for a Xylitol-alternative instead!

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