Xylitol is renowned as an excellent sugar-replacement for diabetics. The main goals of diabetes management are to control blood glucose, lipids and weight. Xylitol is a low Glycaemic sweetener (GI of just 7), and is slowly absorbed and metabolized independently of insulin. Xylitol does not cause a dramatic increase in blood-sugar levels or serum-insulin responses, and therefore many health practitioners suggest Xylitol as a sugar-free sweetener for their diabetic clients.
Xylitol also has low calories per gram (2.4) and has been suggested as a valuable aid in assisting diabetics with weight control. A word of warning, however, – some Xylitol on the market is not 100% pure, and may be blended with other ingredients that may be higher in calories and carbohydrates, making them unsuitable for diabetics. Nirvana Xylitol™, on the other hand, is pure and natural and has a GI of just 7.
As with any serious medical conditions, however, if in doubt please consult your health practitioner before incorporating Xylitol into your daily diet, and be sure to continually monitor your blood-sugar levels.