First discovered in 1891 by a German chemist, Xylitol was re-discovered during World War II, by the Finnish who were suffering from sugar shortages and looking for a viable alternative. Conveniently Finland has dense forest areas with Birch trees and with the discovery that Xylitol can metabolise without insulin, the alternative was well received. Since the 1960s Xylitol continues to be used as a sugar alternative for diabetics and those with impaired glucose tolerance or insulin resistance.

Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar, this means that it is antimicrobial and can prevent the growth of bacteria. Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth has shown to increase cavities and periodontal diseases like gingivitis so contrary to table sugar, Xylitol aids teeth and the regeneration of gums. It is so beneficial for teeth that when used before bedtime and after brushing and flossing, the sugar will heal your gums and teeth as you sleep.

Xylitol’s anti-bacterial properties that can prevent middle-ear infection in children, it does this by blocking bacteria from attaching to cells within the body. Studies have also shown that Xylitol is beneficial to bone health with scientists speculating that this is a result of Xylitol aiding in calcium absorption within the intestine. A natural insulin stabiliser, Xylitol assists with the body’s immune system and protects against degenerative diseases, further to being anti-aging.

Warning:
– Daily consumption of more than 25g of Xylitol may cause diarrhoea, which stops when use is discontinued
– Toxic for dogs, even in small amounts

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Truefood offers a large range of must-have pantry essentials. Truefood is real, good food, with simple branding, down-to-earth packaging and well-priced product lines. With over 100 products in the range, Truefood offers both conventional and certified organic ranges of all those basic pantry essentials such as legumes, seeds, flours and grains. The distinctive green badge, ‘I AM ORGANIC’, sets the organic range apart from Truefood’s conventional pantry lines and includes customer favourites such as gluten-free oats, chia and chick-peas, and mealie meal – a first for the SA market. These products are all certified organic, carrying the official stamp of BCS Oko, Europe’s leading certifier of organic foods. From farm to shelf they have been independently checked and approved according to EU organic standards (way stricter than American standards!) SIMPLE, PRACTICAL PACKAGING All pantry essentials are packed in the Truefood distinctive kraft paper window pouches with easy-to-close zip-locks. The standard pack size is 400g, with popular products being available in 1kg packs. In addition, virtually the entire organic range (as well as conventional) is certified kosher too.
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