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Dental benefits of sugar-free foods debated

from Nursing Times

"Sugar-free gum, sweets and soft drinks, marketed as healthy alternatives to sugary products, can damage teeth, cause gastric problems and are unlikely to promote weight loss," The Guardian has reported. The news is based on a review of the oral health effects of sugar-free products, and in particular, a group of sweeteners called polyols that are often added to sweets, drinks and chewing gum. It is already well known that dental cavities can be formed when bacteria convert sugars in food into acid, which breaks down tooth enamel. However, in this new study, researchers looked for evidence on whether foods containing certain sugar substitutes were beneficial for dental health. more

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