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Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. Sugar can weaken eyesight. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract. Sugar contributes to obesity. Sugar can increase cholesterol. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol. It is approved as a dental supplement, helping to prevent cavities. It has about 1/3 of the calories of sugar and it’s sweetness is almost identical - spoon for spoon – to sugar. It may have a laxative effect – start slowly. I have read that you cannot replace all of the sugar, because sugar alcohols do not caramelize like sugar, nor does it retain moisture as sugar does, so baked goods come out funky if too much sugar is replaced.
Sugar Alcohols which are often used in products labeled sugar free can raise blood sugar. Be careful. Avoid foods which cause the highest rise which are sugar in liquid form, like sugared drinks, fruit juices, and adding sugar to any drink; anything made with flour,white bread, spaghetti, mac & cheese, pretzels, bagels, muffins. Chose Dreamfield's Noodles, Rye Bread, whole wheat breads, muffins and bagels and no sugar added products. Rye Bread helps curb hunger at about 90 calories a slice
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