Article contributed by Elizabeth Wahl (Pietermaritzburg- based Banting Buddies coach)
Living a Banting lifestyle means eliminating as many toxins as possible from our food and environment. We recognise that sugar is one such toxin, and less sugar can mean weight loss, improved health, diabetic control, and reduced tooth decay.
But old habits die hard! The quest for products that can sweeten and cook like sugar is ongoing, and sugar substitutes are big business. Xylitol is one such substitute, occurring naturally in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms and lettuce, among others. Commercially, most xylitol is extracted from corn fibre, birch trees, hardwood trees and other vegetable material. Read more