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XYLITOL This natural sugar-free sweetener is made from birch or beech wood. It has a lower GI and far fewer calories than sugar, but looks and tastes like it and can be used in the same way. But it’s not just a good sugar-free option – xylitol can actually promote dental health. Unlike sugar, when it’s broken down it creates an alkaline environment in the mouth. It helps reduce plaque, kill bacteria and even remineralise teeth. According to Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, xylitol ‘may be the biggest advance against cavities since fluoride’.

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New Year’s resolution slipping by the wayside? Get back on track with February’s HFG: we’ve expert advice on beating the weight-loss plateau, fitness motivation and 12 essential skills to help your healthy cooking. Plus, get the sane view on The Sirtfood Diet, improve your mouth health and build a better lunch box with our canny tips