Sugar-free may not be calorie-free

PRODUCTS marketed as sugar-free are not always what they're cracked up to be, according to a recent study that says they have the ability to cause dental erosion and gastric upset while having a minimal impact on weight-loss.

Publishing their findings in the British Dental Journal, a team of US researchers discovered that popular sugar-free foods, beverages and confectionary often contain additives that are as harmful as sugar when it comes to dental health.

"The public's perception is that they will never cause any dental harm. However, that may be a misconception when those products contain acidic additives," says study author Sok-Ja Janket, Research Associate Professor at Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

"Acids dissolve the calcium in the enamel and cause erosion. Whether sugar-free or sugar-containing, if the products contain acidic additives, we are delivering these acids on a platter."

 

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