I have a question: Do the mints help regulate blood sugar and what is the glycemic index and is there a max amount a day to eat? I seem to enjoy the taste and eat them often?
KE – Rochester, NY
Xylitol has been used for over a hundred years. In many parts of the world it has been eaten “as” candy. Almost 70 percent of candy in Scandinavia is made with xylitol and this is the same in Asia and other parts of the world. The question is: what is a reasonable amount? and as with many other things I would say that moderation is key.
So what is “moderation” with xylitol?
The human body makes 15 grams of xylitol naturally each day as part of the process of living.
You need 6.5 grams for dental health ( 13 Zellies mints) about a teaspoon. Dental benefits max out at 10 grams a day ( 20 Zellies mints) a little over two teaspoons. There appear to be no negative effects from xylitol and here are some facts: Xylitol has been on the shelves of health food stores for decades. Xylitol is used for patients who are terminally ill and who are trying to fight back. Xylitol is given to patients to help alkalize the body and increase the absorption of calcium in bones (this is higher dose of about 25 grams a day).
A recommended total amount per day is about half a pound I do not recommend this much just letting you know!
The glycemic index for xylitol is 7 very good! It was originally used to stabilize diabetics during surgery. Only negative thing ever found is that xylitol should not be given to dogs because they do not process it the same way as humans (same with chocolate and other food items).
Hope this answers the questions!
Please keep in touch,
Ellie Phillips, DDS