|If you are looking for sugar-replace-ments, D-Xylose may be the "new kid on the sugar-block" you may be interested in. It has a lower energy content than sugar, acts as a sugar blocker and has prebiotic effects.|
Now, in isolation, this probably doesn't sound very exciting. In conjunction with the results of a recent study from the Ewha Womans University however, the facts may look exciting enough for you to ask: "Where can I get this stuff?"
Previous studies have already shown that D-Xylose,can reduce postprandial glucose levels. Its effect on lipid metabolism, however, has not been investigated, before.
|Table 1: Composition of the exp. diets (Lim. 2015)|
To test their hypothesis that replcing a decent amount of sugar / CHOs in an obesogenic high fat + high energy rodent diet (5% or 10% of the total sucrose content were replaced with D-xylose | Xylo 5 and Xylo 10 diets, respectively) would ameliorate if not block the weight gain and its ill metabolic consequences, the scientists conducted a 12 week study, during which they assessed weight gain, food intake, and serum lipid levels, as well as pathological changes of the liver sections and changes in gene expression related to adipogenesis and lipid metabolism in all four study groups, i.e. normal diet, high fat diet (HFD), HFD + 5% Xylose (Xylo 5) and HFD + 10% Xylose (Xylo 10).
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|Figure 1: Ok, there are sign. effects on body fat and weight, BUT the only thing that was completely reversed was the gain in liver weight - a true "weight loss wonder" looks sign. different (data expr. rel. to control | Lim. 2015).|
|Figure 2: in contrast to the effects on body weight / composition, the effects on glucose & lipid metabolism were quite impressive; Xylose is thus rather a health than a fat loss supplement (data expr. rel. to control | Lim. 2015).|
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- Lim, Eunjin, et al. "D-Xylose suppresses adipogenesis and regulates lipid metabolism genes in high-fat diet-induced obese mice." Nutrition Research (2015).