Sugar-Free Products May be Harmful



New research shows that sugar-free gum, soft drinks and other sugarless products may not be as beneficial as first thought.

These products could actually damage teeth, cause gastric problems, or may not even promote weight loss as was originally thought. The reason for these problems stems from the acidic additives in the products that can erode the tooth enamel.

These products were assumed to be beneficial to consumers but these new findings will put a dent in that reputation. The study, which was published in the British Dental Journal, analyzed the impact of the materials used to take the place of sugar. Despite the reduced risk for cavities, these additives can result in acidity in the mouth that wouldn’t have otherwise been present.

Xylitol and sorbitol are two of the bigger additives used in consumable products like gum and these substances could be causing some of these issues.

The problem now will be instilling upon people the idea that just because something is sugar-free doesn’t necessarily mean there are no possible health risks associated with the product.

If these findings are proven to be completely accurate, then there may be no health benefit when comparing these sugar-based products and sugar-free products. However, at this point, people should just be aware that it’s possible for sugar-free products to adversely affect one’s oral health.