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Stevia vs Xylitol

I am NOT a fan of artificial sweeteners AT ALL. I recommend Xylitol, an all natural polyol which comes from birch trees. It is alkalizing, good for your bones, anti-bacterial and suppresses stomach emptying which can help keep your appetite under control by suppressing ghrelin.

I frequently get asked about Stevia. I think this is a good alternative but I don’t like it as well as xylitol as it doesn’t have any of the nutritive qualities of xylitol. It also has zero calories, xylitol has 2.4 per gram (contrast with sugar at 4 cals per gram) and I wonder if it could cause some calorie dysregulation.

So bottom line, my first choice is xylitol and my second choice is stevia.

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  1. Kimberly Karabetsos says:

    I have tried Soy Delicious sugar free chocolate coconut ice cream which has Erythritol and it upsats my stomache. Is Erythritol safe? I am worried about the high fat and sugar content in Soy Delicious regular chocolate cocnut ice cream so I have switched to the sugar free version but it upsets my stomache. Can you recommend any other dairy free ice creams? Thanks.

  2. 1) Is there a brand of Xylitol you recommend?
    2) Should we get organic?

    I saw “Xlear Xylosweet” but it looks very commercial. Is it ok? Or I saw “Now Foods Xylitol”? Again, any recommendations are appreciated!

    • Pretty much any kind is ok. Doesn’t need to be organic. Get pure xylitol powder, not a mix.

      • I just read on the back of my Now Foods Xylitol that it’s derived from corn??? Help, I’ve been using this while in cycle one? It states that it is pure xylitol powder. Please advise. Thank you.

        • There are birch tree-derived xylitol products, but most of it comes from corn these days.

          • Cristine Atkinson says:

            So, I’m still confused. Here is what XyloSweet website says: “Corncobs and birch trees are the main sources for commercially produced xylitol. The corn grain is never used and all of the raw materials as well as the finished product are thoroughly tested to ensure purity. XyloSweet® does not contain any residual corn allergens, proteins, mycotoxins or other contaminants. XyloSweet® is produced from non-GMO materials and is gluten-free.” Use or not use???

          • Hi JJ,
            Thank you so much for educating all of your readers about Xylitol! XYLA our brand of Xylitol is made North American Hardwood Trees.
            You can find our xylitol and other products at http://www.xylitolusa.com or http://www.xylitolcanada.com.
            We really appreciate your help in spreading the word about all of the amazing benefits of Xylitol.

          • Ron Bowren says:

            I visited the website offering Xylitol derived from Birch Trees, how about the Coconut Palm Sugar they recommend as an alternative to brown sugar…good or bad for the body? They claim Dr. Oz recommended it. Thought I might order both for a try, but not if the latter would defeat the purpose of a sugar free diet. Would appreciate your thoughts!

            Thanks!
            Ron

          • JJ Virgin says:
  3. Totally agree……I bake with xylitol and use stevia in my tea..fantastic!

  4. Cristine Atkinson says:

    I don’t see a real definitive answer to the above question regarding XyloSweet brand xylitol. It is pure xylitol. I looked at their website and it says the following: “Corncobs and birch trees are the main sources for commercially produced xylitol. The corn grain is never used and all of the raw materials as well as the finished product are thoroughly tested to ensure purity. XyloSweet® does not contain any residual corn allergens, proteins, mycotoxins or other contaminants. XyloSweet® is produced from non-GMO materials and is gluten-free.” Is this usable on Phase 1 of the Virgin diet????

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