Low Carb NZ - Product Info

By: Low Carb Nz  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Gluten Free, Sugar, Glycemic Index


"Annies" Natural Sweet 100% Xylitol

My thoughts on this product This is an excellent substitute for sugar for those on a low carb way of life. Unlike sugar or glucose which have either on or two carbons xylitol has 5 carbons and will not be absorbed into the body during digestion, yet gives the same sweetness as sugar - it has many other properties listed below, and is totally natural natural made form rice husks.
Natural Sweet is 100% Pure Natural Xylitol. It is found in small quantities in hundreds of plants including corn, lettuce, hardwoods & fruits such as raspberries. It is even produced by the human body and found in breast milk. 

Annies Natural Sweet is extracted from rice husk. The World Health Organisation classifies Xylitol as totally natural and safe with no consumption restrictions. It is a carbohydrate but not a sugar and has 40% less calories than table sugar. With a Glycemic Index of 7 it has minimal effect on blood sugars and insulin levels with a slow steady release of energy. 

Annies Natural Sweet is free of salt, fat, gluten, dairy, soy, yeast and all colours, flavours and preservatives.

So What Does It Do? 

Direct Clinical Studies Show… 

• Xylitol has excellent dental properties. 
• Xylitol acts as a modulator of acid forming oral bacteria. 
• Xylitol stimulates salivary flow and decreases oral acidity. 
• Xylitol is excellent for all ages and recommended for infants and pregnant mums

How Do We UseNatural Sweet? 

Use one to one as sugar with your recipes. Natural Sweet dissolves and mixes easily. It is heat stable for cooking, baking and hot drinks. Best results are from prolonged oral exposure eg. adding to bottled water and other cold drinks. 
Sizes 300g, 1Kg Container,  2Kg Container 

The teeth friendly natural sweetener

  • Teeth friendly

  • As sweet as sugar

  • Low glycemic index of 7

  • 40% less calories than sugar

  • Fat-free, diary free, gluten free

What Is It?

Natural sweet is 100% pure natural Xylitol. (Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar) It is  a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in small quantities in hundreds of plants including corn, lettuce, hardwoods and fruits like raspberries. It is even produced by the human body and found in breast milk. Annies Natual Sweet is extracted from rice husk. The World Health Organisation classifies xylitol as totally natural and safe with no consumption restriction. It is a carbohydrate not a sugar, and has 40% less calories than sugar and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects of sugar. With a glycemic index of 7 it has minimal effect on blood sugars and insulin levels with a slow steady release of energy.

Clinical Studies Show

  1. Oral Health
    * protects the mouth from tooth decoy
    * enhances remineralisation of enamel
    * increases saliva production

  2. Ear, Nose, Throat Infections
    * Inhibits growth of bacteria n the middle ear
    * Does not support the growth of Candida

  3. Osteoporosis
    * Helps maintain bone density
    * Increases intestinal absorption of calcium

  4. Diabetes
    * A natural insulin stabiliser
    * Helps stop sugar and carbohydrate cravings
    * Will not raise blood sugar levels

How Do We Use Natuarl Sweet?Use one to one as sugar with your recipes. It dissolves and is heat stable for cooking, and hot drinks. Best results are obtained from prolonged oral exposure e.g. adding to bottled water and other cold drinks.

Natual Sweet Chewing Gum Now Available

Annies Natural Sweet Gum is now available. This is an excellent way to provide prolonged exposure to the oral cavity for best dental results. The totally natural ingredients are; xylitol, gum Arabic, lecithin, and bees wax.Great for kids .

Frequently Asked Questions

Q UESTION : How does xylitol differ from other sweeteners?
ANSWER: Chemically speaking, xylitol is not actually a sugar, but a sugar alcohol. It differs from other sweeteners such as sorbitol, fructose and glucose because the xylitol molecule has five, instead of six, carbon atoms. Most bacteria in mouth are unable to make use of such sugars. This is one reason why xylitol helps prevent caries.

QUESTION: How does Xylitol offer weight-loss benefits?
ANSWER: Xylitol is a 7 on the glycemic index (table sugar is 100). The glycemic index measures the ability of a food to raise insulin levels Since Xylitol does not raise insulin levels, you can eat sweet foods containing Xylitol without experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. When your insulin is stable, you are much less likely to crave sweet foods. Eating Xylitol allows sweet foods to become the same as any other foods you eat. It puts an end to sugar cravings and addiction. With the sugar addiction gone, you are once again in control of your eating. In addition, studies show that Xylitol may improve nitrogen balance in the body therefore helping the body to burn fat.

Q UESTION : Is it true that Xylitol is all natural?
Yes. Xylitol is so all natural that your body makes it during normal glucose metabolism. It naturally occurs in berries, some vegetables, and woody substances such as birch bark and corn cobs. In NZ Xylitol is sold under the brand Annies Denta Sweet is made from rice husks

Q UESTION : How is Xylitol different than other sweeteners? 
Xylitol is a "sugar alcohol". Chemically, sucrose (sugar), fructose, sorbitol and glucose all have six carbon atoms in their molecules. Xylitol has five carbon atoms in its molecules. Six carbon molecules are easily digested by oral bacteria but a five carbon molecule has strong chemical bonds that are very difficult for bacteria to digest. So when xylitol is consumed, these bacteria populations starve out and decline. This is one way that xylitol helps prevent plaque and cavities. Xylitol has the same sweetness as sugar but with 40% less calories. Xylitol's functional properties are similar to sugar, it dissolves slower at cold temperatures but faster than sugar above 86 degrees F.

QUESTION : I have heard that Xylitol looks and tastes teaspoon-for-teaspoon- like sugar. Is that true?
Yes, Xylitol is produced in a crystallized form (like sugar) and can be substituted for sugar in recipes teaspoon-for-teaspoon.

QUESTION : Can I add Xylitol to hot and cold beverages and expect it to sweeten them like sugar does?
ANSWER: Yes, Xylitol will sweeten anything you eat or drink exactly like sugar.
QUESTION : Most sugar alternatives have an aftertaste. What is Xylitol’s after taste?
ANSWER: During and after eating Xylitol, the taste in your mouth is exactly like table sugar. Really!
QUESTION : Is Xylitol as likely to cause me to gain weight as sugar is?
ANSWER: Xylitol has 40 percent fewer calories and 75 percent fewer carbohydrates than sugar—making it a nutritive, reduced calorie and low carbohydrate sugar alternative. And it offers weight loss benefits (because it helps to stabilize insulin ) that sugar and most other sugar alternatives do not offer.
QUESTION : Does Xylitol have other health benefits?
ANSWER: Yes. Here are some of the health benefits we know about today. Scientists predict there will be many more:
It is a great way for diabetics to enjoy sweet foods since it is processed through the gut without involving insulin. 

• It prevents tooth decay by inhibiting plaque and dental caries by 80 percent.
• Promotes healthy bones by helping to re-mineralize bones.
• Makes the mouth and gut an unfriendly environment for bacteria to live in.

Researchers in the United States and abroad showed children's dental health improved and they had less ear aches if their chewing gum included Xylitol.

(From The Sweet Miracle of Xylitol, by Fran Gare, Basic Health Publication (pages 67-70)

Keywords: Gluten Free, Glycemic Index, Sugar, Sugar Alcohol

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