Private label gum maker Fertin Pharma says that mass-market gum makers are content with existing health claims on sugar free gum and are unconcerned about boosting the effects through added ingredients.
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Colombian researchers have questioned the clinical benefits of sugar free chewing gum to prevent dental caries and gingivitis after a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. A scientist from Mondelez has doubted the findings.
The positive EFSA opinions for gum claims under Article 13.1 will compel the sector to further innovate along functional lines, says an expert who argues that gum is the confectionery category 'most likely' to get such regulatory backing.
Positive opinions issued by EFSA for sugar-free chewing gum and the claim that it helps to strengthen teeth and neutralise plaque acid will, no doubt, leave R&D teams in the leading gum brand owners smiling.
Gummy bear candies, not traditionally seen as a first line of defence in battling tooth decay, may play some role in providing oral health care to children when containing some sugar alcohols, according to a new clinical trial in the US.