Why Erythritol and Xylitol Are the Best


Many people are using sugar substitutes as a way of sweetening their foods or beverages without the worries for weight gain, dental problems, or diabetes.

The most common ones that people use are either xylitol or erythritol. But then you're probably asking, which one's the healthier option? There's no easy answer to that option so perhaps it's ideal to evaluate each one. Vacaville Weight Loss weight loss consultant Alex Tam explains here!

What are sugar substitutes?

Sugar substitutes are sweetener alternatives that are either lower or no-calorie content compared to a common table sugar. They are mostly used in foods and beverages which are labeled as "diet" or "sugar-free."

Sugar alcohols

They are known as reduced-calorie sweeteners. Even though it's named like that, it contains no alcohol whatsoever. If you are trying to lose weight, sweet alternatives can be helpful for you. The best thing about them is that they have fewer carbohydrates and calories compared to sugar. Just keep in mind that they aren't totally the secret for weight loss.

Sugar alcohols can have health benefits, but some people can experience digestive issues when using them. So make sure to consult your doctor first to find out if your system can take it.


What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural substance that is commonly found in fruits and vegetables. It can even occur naturally in our bodies. It has a sweetness, volume, and taste that is comparable to sugar and it can be used in many ways. Compared to sugar, this one only has 40% fewer calories which makes it an ideal choice for some people.

If taken in excessive amounts, it can cause diarrhea due to its laxative properties. This can also be toxic for dogs so be careful not to feed your pet with any type of foods that may contain xylitol.

Xylitol health benefits

  • This sweetener can benefit you if you're suffering from diabetes. It will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and it can aide in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. So there's no need to worry about your blood sugar level from spiking if you are looking for a sweetener for your consumables.
  • This can be great if you're suffering from ear and upper respiratory infections. Xylitol can hinder the formation of the bacteria known as Streptococcus pneumoniae. This bacterium is the one responsible for the development of sinusitis and middle ear infections. Children who are consuming xylitol in the form of gum, lozenges, or syrup twice a day can lower their risk of ear infections by up to 25%.
  • Xylitol can benefit your oral health. If you're using xylitol regularly then the cavity-forming bacteria in your mouth will starve and die off by almost 75%. It can even increase the flow of saliva which will help produce a more alkaline environment. If you want to maximize cavity prevention, it's ideal to use xylitol-rich products for about 3 to 5 times a day or a total intake of 5g.

As of today, no long-term safety data exists for xylitol, but it has already been approved for safety by several agencies. These agencies include the World Health Organization's Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the European Union's Scientific Committee for Food.

What is erythritol?

This is a sweetener that also comes naturally in many fruits. It is commonly found in mushrooms and foods that are derived from fermentation such as cheese, wine, and soy sauce. You can find it as a bulk sweetener in foods that have less calories, and the best thing about it is that it has no aftertaste.

It is unique since it has no calories and won't cause digestive issues compared to other sugar alcohols out there. However, consuming it can cause acid reflux, dehydration, and a loss of electrolytes.

Erythritol health benefits

  • It is a preferred sugar substitute for individuals suffering diabetes.
  • Compared to other sugar alcohols, this one doesn't cause tooth decay.
  • Researchers found out that erythritol can act as a strong antioxidant that can have favorable effects on the blood vessels.

Which is the healthier option?

If we are looking for tooth health, you can go for erythritol than xylitol. Erythritol can be fully absorbed by the body which means that you won't have to worry too much about digestive distress. Also, there's no chance that it will increase your blood sugar level while xylitol can budge it a little. In short, you have to limit your xylitol intake than erythritol. But whatever the case is, both of them should still be used in moderation. Just make sure to have your doctor supervise you so that he can monitor how your body reacts to these substances.

Hopefully, this article has cleared your opinion about these two sweeteners and how each one can benefit your overall health.

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