I just got home from the grocery store after picking up some of my favorite things. Husband and I, both hooked on Extra gum, were fresh out so that was the main item. Now they say the xylitol sweetener is actually good for your teeth and has been called a "dentist's dream". Using xylitol right before bedtime, after brushing and flossing, protects and heals the teeth and gums. Xylitol is a healthy alternative to sugar and does positive things for the body in an opposite way than sugar.
One of xylitol's versatile benefits is its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause middle ear infections in young children. In two recent studies involving over 1,000 children, xylitol-flavoured chewing gum was found to reduce the incidence of middle ear infections by 40 per cent, significantly decreasing ongoing middle ear complications and the need for antibiotics. I wish I'd known this when my kids were young and ear infections were rampant!
Another exciting benefit from xylitol is its role in reversing bone loss. Scientists speculate that xylitol's bone density enhancing properties are due to its ability to promote the absorption of calcium. Including xylitol in one's diet is an enjoyable way to reap the benefits of greater bone density.
Since we are addicted to gum, we are always looking for it on sale. When we find it on sale, we buy enough to make people do a double-take. Extra is our favorite but rarely goes on sale. Today I got lucky. Several flavors of Trident were on clearance, being discontinued I suppose, so I loaded up!
Another favorite is dark chocolate. Nobody here is a chocoholic but it's nice to have a little every now and then...and...it's good for you! How amazing. Chocolate--good for you. The chocolate needs to be dark, 60% cocoa or even higher. Got lucky on that too and found some chunky dark chocolate for .99. Don't trust myself to stock up on that item.
So the grocery trip was successful. I'm all set for awhile. My sweet tooth is all soothed! "I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad." Favorite Things from Sound Of Music.