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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Apr 13, 2011 12:16PM ● By Chris Edwards, DDS

Using xylitol as an alternative to sugar has many benefits. Although it tastes and looks like sugar xylitol is really sugar’s mirror image. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. It builds immunity, protects against chronic degenerative disease and has anti-aging benefits. Xylitol has 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates, is slowly metabolized and causes negligible changes in insulin levels. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1963 and has no known toxic levels. Since Xylitol doesn't cause the rise of glucose blood levels that sugar does, it is an attractive alternative for diabetics. So not only can xylitol help in the prevention of diabetes but it can also help in the management of diabetes.

CHOCOLATE COOKIES
1 ½ cup xylitol
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda- stir well. Add additional dry ingredients. Whip 1 ¼ cup of butter or shortening until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla and beat until mixed. Stir in the dry ingredients until well combined. Drop teaspoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Share with a friend.

Dr. Chris Edwards and his staff at Smile Design Center are in the forefront of new research and ideas to help their patients maintain oral health. For more info on Xylitol check the website www.xylitolinfo.com.

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