Xylitol is a dentist’s dream. It can reverse all these destructive effects of sugar on oral health. It is non-fermentable and cannot be converted to acids by oral bacteria. Xylitol helps to restore a proper alkaline/acid balance in the mouth. This alkaline environment affects the destructive bacteria negatively. It also inhibits plaque formation. Using xylitol right before bedtime, after brushing and flossing, protects and heals the teeth and gums. It actually stops the fermentation process leading to tooth decay. Long-term use suppresses the most harmful strains of oral bacteria, making a long-lasting change in those bacterial communities. Xylitol even has the ability to enhance the mineralization of the enamel. It is most effective in treating small decay spots. Larger cavities won’t go away, but they can become less sensitive.

Besides using xylitol as a sugar substitute in coffee and tea, or chewing xylitol gum, here are some delectable recipes that will make you smile!

Healthy Chocolate Mousse (serves 1)

65ml whipping cream

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp xylitol

Beat all ingredients together until stiff. Serve chilled.

Coconut Macaroons (makes 24 macaroons)

3 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut

5 egg whites

1/3 cup xylitol

1 tsp vanilla extract

1tbs coconut flour

¼ tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC, spread coconut on baking tray and toast in the oven for 5 mins. Remove and let cool.
  2. Combine egg whites, xylitol, vanilla and salt. Whisk until light and fluffy.
  3. Then add coconut and fold through. Slowly add coconut flour so you are able to form balls, (add sparingly as coconut flour is very absorbent).
  4. With wet hands roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and place on baking tray.
  5. Bake for 12-15 mins until crispy.

***do not let pets consume anything containing xylitol as it is very toxic to animals.