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People were first introduced to junk food more than 100 years ago. According to Packaged Facts, new “Snack Foods in the U.S., 4th Edition,” retail sales of packaged snacks rang up $64 billion in 2010, up from $56 billion in 2006. The market is predicted to reach $77 billion by 2015.

The number of diabetics continues to climb sharply. The number of people with weight problems/obesity continues to climb as well. These increases cross all barriers and impact old, young, rich, and poor. The increased burden on the healthcare systems around the world is contributing to yet another major crisis.

  • According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report (2014), in 2012, 29.1 million Americans—or 9.3% of the population—had diabetes.
  • Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
  • It is predicted that by 2016, 1 in 3 Canadians will be either diabetic or pre-diabetic.
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Problems Caused by Sugar
  • Hypoglycemia, which can lead to diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Premature aging
  • Weight gain
  • Weaken eyesight
  • Brittle tendons
  • A rise in blood pressure, triglycerides and bad cholesterol increasing risk of heart disease.
  • Can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Addictive substance
  • Can suppress the immune system for hours
  • Sugar feeds cancer
  • Hyperactivity
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Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t the Solution
  • Headaches
  • Change in mood
  • Change in vision
  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Sleep problems/insomnia
  • Change in heart rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Abdominal cramps/pain
  • Memory loss
  • Rash
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Dizziness/poor equilibrium
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Joint pain
Artificial Sweeteners Aren't the Solution
What is Xylitol? …and Why Is It a Better Answer?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar—but it has significantly fewer calories and a low glycemic index (i.e., it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels and has a negligible impact on insulin). Here are some interesting facts about Xylitol:

  • Xylitol was discovered over 100 years ago in Finland.
  • Studies show that Xylitol provides a number of dental and health benefits; it’s also popular for use in weight-loss programs, since it has 40% fewer calories than sugar, and none of the side effects of artificial sweeteners.
  • Our bodies naturally produce Xylitol. Not only is Xylitol safe for an increasing diabetic population, it is safe for everyone.
  • Xylitol is the only sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar and has a 1:1 sweetness ratio to sugar.
  • Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol of the pentitol type; specifically, it’s a five-carbon sugar alcohol that occurs freely in certain plant parts and is produced in normal human metabolism.
  • The raw material source from which Xylitol is produced is hemicellulose, a xylan, typically present in certain hardwoods (birch and beech), rice, oat, wheat, and cotton seed hulls, various nut shells, straw, corn cobs and stalks, sugar cane bagasse, etc. Most fruits, berries and plants contain Xylitol, the richest natural sources being plums, strawberries, raspberries, cauliflower and endives.
Positive Health Effects
Xylitol’s Positive Health Effects
  • Protects against chronic disease and has anti-aging benefits
  • May improve bone density—therefore becoming a potential treatment for osteoporosis!
  • Has been found to increase white blood cell activity (cells involved in fighting many bacteria!)
  • Helps in wound healing
  • Helps upper respiratory health
  • May help control oral candida
  • Builds immunity
  • Heals and repairs
Positive Health Effects
The bottom line? Xylitol is a unique, health-enhancing, blood-sugar regulating, functional food supplement disguised as one of the world’s favorite treats!