Why Does TRU Chocolate® Use Xylitol?
Xylitol is the healthiest and finest sweetener available. While the debate on most sweeteners is about whether they will harm you or not, the studies show that xylitol has numerous health benefits yet none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Most importantly, xylitol does not spike blood sugar or insulin which is wonderful news for diabetics and the huge numbers of the population with diabetic tendencies.
Xylitol is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. In fact, our bodies produce between 5 and 15 grams of xylitol per day. Xylitol is recommended by dentists to promote healthy teeth because it starves the plaque-producing bacteria in the mouth. Whereas sugar has 4 calories per gram and quickly spikes blood sugar, xylitol contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate.
The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates convert to glucose in the body. The higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrates break down, thus causing a spike in blood sugar. The glycemic index for xylitol is a very low 7 whereas maple syrup is 54, white sugar is 68, and high fructose corn syrup and glucose are 100! Because there is no blood sugar spike with xylitol, xylitol sweetened snacks are the perfect choice for students, athletes, and workers who cannot afford the drowsiness that occurs fifteen minutes after the blood sugar spike.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol also known as a polyol, but do not be misled. There is no alcohol in xylitol. In addition, xylitol is non-allergenic; the likelihood of an adverse reaction is less than one in a million. This probably is not a surprise, but xylitol is approved by the American Diabetes Association.
The xylitol used in TRU Chocolate® is the finest one can buy, made in the USA, extracted from North American birch bark using an all-natural chemical-free process, and contains absolutely no additives. Most other xylitol on the market comes from corn and is processed in China. The major reason so many companies use sugar instead of xylitol is that sugar cost $0.27 per lb., whereas xylitol costs $3.14 per lb.. At TRU Chocolate®, we put you first, regardless of the cost.