Xylitol and diabetes*

We get asked a lot about xylitol and diabetes*. Here's a little information, which may help...

Xylitol has a glycaemic index (GI) value of around 7, which is about 10 times lower than sugar and 4 times lower than fructose, making it ideal for those with diabetes*, or at risk of developing diabetes, as it has a less dramatic effect on blood glucose levels.

On top of its GI value benefits, xylitol has 40% less calories than sugar and less than half the 'available' carbohydrates, those that are absorbed and used by the body. Furthermore, xylitol is totally natural and boasts a host of other health benefits.

Another huge benefit of Total Sweet for diabetes sufferers is that it can be used in cooking in the same quantities as sugar, meaning it's never been easier to make reduced sugar desserts and other foods.

Furthermore xylitol is seen to actively promote healthy teeth and reduce plaque and dental decay.

Please note that there are several different types and severities of diabetes. If you are in any way unsure as to whether xylitol is suitable for your particular needs please consult your health advisor or doctor.