Sweet caries prevention with gummy bears – that’s no contradiction

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Food with additional benefits, so-called “functional food”, has been capturing increasing market segments for years and is very popular with the modern consumer. Now, an innovation to prevent caries has arrived from the USA and it will not only delight children: A research group from the University of Washington under the direction of scientist Dr. Kiet A. Ly has developed gummy bears against caries.


How can caries be combated with gummy bears?


Usually, it is particularly the sticky sweets like gummy bears that facilitate caries; nevertheless, they are very popular with children and adults alike. This led the researchers from Washington to the idea to substitute the damaging sugar in the popular sweet for Xylitol, an alternative sweetening substance. The greatest challenge is to make the now healthy gummy bear taste as much as possible like its tooth-damaging relative. A second requirement is that Xylitol has to be in the mouth for a certain period of time in order to be effective.


Gummy bear study


The researchers from Washington then tested the “medical” gummy bear within a test blind study, with the participation of primary-school pupils and their incorruptible palates. The children got 4 Xylitol bears three times a day which they had to chew on for a while. The bears passed the taste test and “were allowed” to stay in the mouth for the required minimum of time. The test result showed that the new bears are not only tooth-friendly, but they can also actively prevent caries. Plaque causing caries is not only impeded by chewing the new product, but actively reduced.

Sugar-free gummy bears sweetened with Xylitol only are exclusively available on the Internet. Source: www.zahnzucker.de


Miraculous substance Xylitol?


The pleasant result of the first test study encouraged the researchers to plan more extensive studies in order to prove the use of this new caries prevention and control more comprehensively. Moreover, the substance is to be analysed more in detail. It is assumed that Xylitol offers many more opportunities regarding other disease patterns. In this context, it is planned to analyse to which extent Xylitol can be used against bone atrophy. First studies with rats have been very promising in this respect.






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