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Which Sweetener is Better: Stevia or Xylitol?

Over the past decade, researchers have brought to light the damaging effects of the over-consumption of sugar. Because of this many people are seeking to live a sugar-free lifestyle and many companies are adding in sugar alternatives to meet the growing demands of the market. If you ever take the time to look at the ingredient lists of these sugar-free products, you will notice that there is a wide selection of alternatives being used to sweeten our food. But how do you know what sugar alternative is the best choice?

Reducing sugar intake is one of the keys to good health, and cutting back your sugar intake in even small ways can greatly impact your health. Think of things like the coffee you drink daily or the gum you have after every meal. If there is added sugar in these products and you are consuming these on a regular basis, the amount of sugar begins to add up quite quickly, so we suggest using alternative sweeteners to cut back on your intake.

When it comes to sugar-free gum & mints, xylitol and stevia are the most commonly used sweeteners, so we decided to compare the two for you. Here are the pros and cons of xylitol and stevia:

Xylitol

Pros

  • Does not raise blood sugar like regular sugar
  • Is known to reduce a bad substance known as acetaldehyde, which is produces by the overgrowth of yeast within your body
  • Reduces headaches and nausea caused by the presence of acetaldehyde
  • Regulates the pH of your mouth and keeps teeth healthy, as it does not feed the bad bacteria typically found around the teeth
  • Contains only half the calories of regular sugar
  • It has been found to be extremely safe, healthy, and is entirely FDA-approved
  • Is 100% naturally derived from plants like raspberries, corn, and tree bark

Cons

  • Overconsumption can lead to stomach upset and indigestion
  • Is often found to be derived from corn, which is typically a GMO product
  • Though it is entirely safe, not to mention healthy, for humans to consume, xylitol can be toxic to common house pets like dogs and cats. Make sure your xylitol is stored in a safe, secure location to avoid your pets from getting their noses into something that could harm them!

Stevia

Pros

  • Does not raise blood sugar like regular sugar
  • Contains zero calories
  • Consumers only need a tiny amount as stevia is extremely sweet, which makes the product go a long way.
  • Stevia products can be 100% natural depending on the brand

Cons

  • Many stevia brands contain harmful chemicals like maltodextrin or dextrose.
  • Though it is unusual, some side effects of the normal consumption of stevia can be nausea or mild bloating.
  • It is not entirely FDA approved yet within North America
  • Has a mild artificial sweetener aftertaste that can affect the taste of the food or beverage it is added to

What Sweetener Should You Choose?

Though both products have pros and cons, we believe that the better artificial sweetener to choose is xylitol due to its incredible ability to maintain optimum oral health. To try a breath mint with xylitol crystals, visit our online store at https://fuzzybrushes.com/shop/

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