Evidence of xylitol's cavity-preventing benefits lacking

March 26, 2015 12:17 AM

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(Reuters Health) – There is little evidence to support claims that a popular sweetener reduces the likelihood of cavities on its own, according to a new analysis of past research.

There was some evidence that xylitol reduces the risk of cavities – or caries – among children, but people should be cautious about that finding because of limitations in the previous studies, researchers report in the Cochrane Library.

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