( THIS ONE'S JUST FOR LYNNE! )
The gummy bear could be turned into a weapon against tooth decay.
The children's favourite would be supplemented with the natural sweetener xylitol, which stifles the growth of certain bacteria in the mouth. Eating four of the modified sweets three times a day for six weeks caused numbers of the streptococcus mutans bug to plummet, a U.S. study showed.
Researchers from the University of Washington said distribution of xylitol-sweetened gummy bears in schools could have a significant impact on rates of dental decay.
Writing in the journal BMC Oral Health, they said sweets like gummy bears were less dangerous for young children than chewing gum, some of which is already sweetened with xylitol. Further tests are being carried out to check that the drop in bacteria leads to a fall in tooth decay.
Programmes could then be implemented in schools and nurseries, researchers said, though it would be 'a challenging task' and require the acceptance and commitment of all teachers, parents and administrators.
Source - Dialy Mail