Xylitol for rosacea

Xylitol is a great sugar substitute for people who have rosacea because, unlike sugar, it's anti-inflammatory.

You already know that rosacea is an inflammatory condition, so trying to minimize inflammation in your body will help decrease your flare-ups. Food is very important in either increasing or decreasing inflammation.

Sugar is very inflammatory, leading to a boatload of problems. But who can completely give up sugar--and I'm not talking just table sugar. Take it out of everything, and tell me how your food tastes. Try fruit with no sugar!

Okay, so fruit with no sugar is not going to happen, but that means that you need to decrease sugar consumption elsewhere. What if I told you there was a substitute that not only did not cause inflammation, but it had fewer calories, and it was antibacterial, too?

That's xylitol. It's the same measure as sugar, so you don't have to calculate how much to use, unlike stevia that is something like 40 times sweeter than sugar. It also has no weird aftertaste. You can make most things with it that you make with sugar except breads that call for sugar because it will kill the yeast.

Our bodies actually naturally produce it every day, about 15 grams. And it's in some fruits naturally, too, like raspberries and strawberries.

Unlike artificial sweeteners, it has no downside except that when you start to eat it, you may have a mild laxative effect, so don't go overboard at first! Interestingly, there is also information that supports the use in preventing or treating tooth decay. To read more about that in depth, visit Dr. Ellie Phillips website.

I don't use much extra sugar anyway, but I do make my own ice cream that I substituted half of the sugar with stevia previously. It's more expensive than sugar, but that's fine with me if it means I can have some sweets I love (ice cream!) without causing inflammation.

I also buy plain yogurt and add xylitol and fruit to it myself. By doing that, I cut out 2 tbsp of sugar per serving. There is a ton of sugar in regular yogurt.

And an additional benefit is that the bumpiness I chronically had between my eyebrows and just over my eyebrows is gone now that I've been taking it for a few months. My forehead is quite smooth! Maybe it's a coincidence, but maybe not, and the other benefits make it worth taking anyway.

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