The Zerose brand of erythritol cuts calories as a no-calorie sweetener but also provides cavity-fighting properties when compared to sorbitol and xylitol, according to research by Cargill. The sweetening agent hinders the ability of bacteria to cause plaque on the teeth, says Cargill Nutrition Innovation Leader Peter De Cock.
Dr. John's Candies is looking to expand its offerings of sugar-free, Xylitol-based candies nationwide this year. The company, which was founded by dentist John Bruinsma and his wife Debra Bruinsma, a dental hygienist, offers hard candies, caramels, taffies and lollipops that contain no artificial sweeteners and are infused with 2 grams Xylitol per serving, which helps reduce plaque and potentially reduce tooth decay, according to John Bruinsma. The products, currently sold as Simply Xylitol in local natural food stores, are undergoing a rebranding prior to being launched nationally.
Natural sugar substitute xylitol is said to help fight cavity production by fending off bacteria, some scientists say. Some xylitol-containing products sold in the U.S., however, lack sufficient amounts to be effective, according to some dentists.