Fight Cavities With ... Candy?

By Nicole Duncan

It’s true! A Swedish study reports that eating gummy bears containing xylitol, a natural sugar found in the white birch tree, helps prevent cavity-causing plaque buildup. “Xylitol also reduces levels of bacteria in the mouth that break down tooth enamel and can lead to cavities,” says Harold Katz, DDS, in Los Angeles. Since these gummy bears are not yet available in the US, treat yourself instead to Xlear’s SparX, the natural fruit-flavored Pez-like candies ($1.40, 30 grams; xlear.com)