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Why Would You Want To Use Xylitol As A Sweetener?

by Barlean's on February 7, 2012

We at Barlean’s realize that sugars are definitely a concern for a variety of health conditions and for those that just want to simply avoid it. This is why we chose to use a natural sweetener called xylitol in our entire line of delicious Omega Swirls. Here are some benefits that xylitol has to offer:

1. Prevention of Cavities and Tooth Protection!

Sad Stuffed Tooth

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When you use xylitol, the acid attack on your teeth is stopped. Because the bacteria in the mouth are unable to ferment xylitol in their metabolism, their growth is reduced. The number of acid-producing bacteria may fall as much as 90%. Since no acid is formed, the pH of saliva does not fall.

Saliva containing xylitol is more alkaline than saliva which contains other sugar products. After taking xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids in saliva may rise. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to precipitate into those parts of enamel where they are lacking—helping to take care of your tooth’s exterior!

2. Great Alternative Sweetener for Blood Sugar Control!

Spoonful of xylitol

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This lovely little sweetener tastes delightful but it does not highly impact insulin levels, which makes it a safe alternative for diabetics and others who need to watch their intake or regular sugars.

Classified on labels as a carbohydrate, it has been used in foods since the 1960s and is approved in the U.S. as a food additive in unlimited quantity for foods with special dietary purposes and is safe for use in any sugar-controlled diet. It has been widely used in Europe for several decades.

3. Fights Bacteria and Fungus!

Fight Bacteria!

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Xylitol contains agents that help address yeast overgrowth in the body and even bacteria that cause infections. You can find it used in many health supplements for both oral and topical use—many people use products such as toothpaste and even sinus washes that contain xylitol as an active agent to aid their daily health regimen.

So if you have ever found yourself wondering what makes your Omega Swirl “taste like a dessert” you have the answer! Please feel free to contact us regarding any further questions at 1-800-445-3529 or email us questions to

By the way—Barleans proudly uses xylitol sourced from the Xlear company that makes the wonderful Spry products!

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