Can Xylitol Sweetener be Used on Atkins Diet?

Beth has a great question on low carb sweeteners for the Atkins Diet. Beth asks: รข??Hi. Love your site. I’ve been hearing about a low-carb sweetener called Xylitol. I’m pretty sure it’s in lots of low-carb candies, but I haven’t seen it for sale in my local grocery store. First, is Xylitol good for the Atkins Diet? And second, do you recommend it?”

Hi Beth. You are absolutely right. Xylitol is a very popular sweetener that is found in many low carb, low calorie foods ranging from candies to low carb meals. Xylitol is known as a bulk sweetener which is reduced in calories and highly reduced in carbohydrates. It occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced in the human body during normal metabolism.

So, in other words, Xylitol is completely safe for you. In fact, Xylitol is used in foods such as chewing gum, gum drops and hard candy. It is also used in pharmaceuticals and oral health products such as cough drops, chewable vitamins, toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Most dentists also recommend Xylitol over standard table sugar and even as an alternative sweetener due to its role in reducing dental cavities. Additionally, Xylitol has been known to have other major health benefits.

Many people on the Atkins Diet use Xylitol because it is slowly absorbed, therefore ingestion of glucose is significantly reduced. Some believe that Xylitol binds some of the bad bacteria in your system to it and flushes it out.

The average person eats one-half cup of sugar a day, more then is recommended for any one person. Thus, using Xylitol rather then standard table sugar might be a better idea. Xylitol also contains 4 grams of carbs per teaspoon and 2.4 calories per gram versus 4.0 for sugar. But be careful because dieters that use Xylitol have been known to experience gas and bloating when exceeding 50 grams in a day.

Xylitol is a very common product and 100% FDA approved so it is easily found in most typical health food stores. You can also find Xylitol on many health food websites. It is not typically found at a regular grocery store, but may be found in many products the grocery store sells. One final note is that it may be used in unison with Splenda, which is sold in most grocery stores and health food stores.

4 Responses to “Can Xylitol Sweetener be Used on Atkins Diet?”

  1. Florence says:

    Hello, I love this sight. Is Splenda a good source of sweetner to use on Atkins? I do like a little sweetner in my coffee. I use sugar free coffee creamer. I lost 12 lbs. the first two weeks on the induction. I also stay away from refined flours. Only use wholegrain. Thanks for being here for me. Flo

  2. Chris says:

    Lisa asked: Can you use Sorbitol while on the Atkins Diet? Is it like the Xylitol?

  3. Chris says:

    Hey Lisa. Sorbitol is almost the exact same as Xylitol. Xylitol is sweeter so you use less, but sorbitol has slightly less of a cooling effect. Both have a great synergy with splenda and all are low carb and low calorie. In fact, Atkins Gum is made of both Xylitol and Sorbitol. Try it out and let us know what you think.

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Flo. Glad that we could be of such great assistance for you. Like I just told Lisa, Splenda is a great source of sweetener that can be used on Atkins. In fact, we have a few recipes that use Splenda. Here are a few of them:

    -Jerk Pork:

    -Cream of Wheat:

    -Cashew Chicken:

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