I moved to the US from Israel in 2004. Shortly after, I started to notice that the clothes I came with no longer fit me.
I was always skinny and this was a shock to me!! My clothes were always big and I needed a seamstress to adjust any store bought clothes. Soon after that happened, I started my hypnotherapy training and learned more about sugar.
The sugar epidemic. It was EVERYWHERE and in almost every food and beverage I had put into my body. Not only that, I discovered that it was even in cigarettes. Did you know that? I hope you are not a smoker, but for those that are smoking – they have a couple of challenges to face: the addiction to nicotine, the addiction to the (hidden) sugar, the behavioral aspect of smoking, and the psychological ones. But that's another topic…
This is me in 2006. I'm not that skinny any more. 🙂 I don't even have this dress as I needed to pass it on to someone else…
Even though I prefer salty snacks than sweet ones, I did desire sweets from time to time and after what I've learned I knew that I needed to reduce my sugar intake. The truth is that there was another reason why I needed to get sugar out of my life. Stay tuned as I will devote another article for my personal health story.
There are a few healthy sugar replacement products available for us. I'm not a fan of stevia. I don't like the flavor that it leaves in my mouth, so for me that one was not an option.
Did you know that in 1991, reacting to an anonymous trade complaint, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deemed the sweetener, stevia, unsafe and issued an Import Alert, banning all stevia from entering the United States?
My choice for years now have been Xylitol. Why do I like xylitol so much? First of all, it's because it tastes EXACTLY like sugar (it even looks like sugar) and it is equivalent in meaurement to sugar when cooking or baking. The great thing is that it's glycemic index is much, much lower than sugar. Even diabetic people can enjoy xylitol.
There is one thing you want to watch out for though, don't use too much of it as it can act as a diuretic. There is a reason why that may be the case, I'll share below.
When I make a dessert with xylitol and my husband decides to take one more cookie or one more slice of cake, he certainly feels it…if I can leave it this way and save you the details. 🙂 But besides my personal preferences, there is much more. Take a look –
Here is why I suggest you bring more Xylitol into your life:
Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar alcohol compound. Sugar alcohols are neither sugar nor alcohol. They are carbohydrates that resemble sugar, but without the harmful effects of sugar. They can occur naturally in plants or can be manufactured from sugar and starches. Xylitol is not an artificial sweetener, but a crystalline carbohydrate which looks very much like sugar.
Xylitol is a natural dental antidote for sugar. It can be derived from fibrous parts of plants, vegetables, and berry-type fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries. These naturally sweetened fruits give all the taste benefits of sugar without its many drawbacks.
Xylitol is a normal part of our metabolism. Our body makes up between five and ten grams of carbohydrates a day (as a part of our daily metabolism), that means that it is actually produces xylitol and the enzymes to break it down. And since that is the case, there is no chance for any adverse reaction from eating products containing xylitol. But like every other thing that we eat, moderation is the key.
Although safe for humans, if you eat too much too fast, it may create intestinal bloating and gas. Since the body makes xylitol, as well as the enzymes to break it down, larger amounts can be tolerated within a few days or weeks as the body adjusts to the higher level intake. About a third of the xylitol that is consumed is absorbed in the liver. The other two-thirds travel to the intestinal tract where it is broken down by gut bacteria and then eliminated.
Children can usually tolerate up to 45 grams per day and adults 150 to 200 grams per day. With that said, test and see what your body likes.
Xylitol can contribute to your oral health. If you want to enjoy the benefits of oral health, make sure to sure to divide your xylitol intake into several doses throughout the day in the form of toothpaste, mouthwash, candies, mints, and chewing gum. I don't do this on a consistent basis, but I thought to include this so you know it's an option.
This is where I get my Xylitol:
The Best First Step:
If you would like to reduce your sugar intake, if you know you are doing too much sugar and as a result you are not able to release the extra weight, or you are concerned about future implications of consuming sugar, then a great first step would be to stop buying products that contain sugar, at least when it comes to your home. And when it comes to dining out, well, you have to recondition yourself to crave for the healthy-good stuff. Click here to find out more about how to go about changing the sugar-craving habit.
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