German Scientists Invent Cavity-Free Candy

Scientists at the Berlin biotech lab Organo Balance claim they have developed a candy that doesn’t cause cavities.

The breakthrough will probably make this Chrismas the best holiday ever. Photo: eclipsed/Flickr

German scientists at biotech lab Organo Balance, located in Germany, claim that they have created a new kind of candy that doesn’t cause cavities.

You can still feel the sweet taste of candies, but the main difference between the novelty and usual sweets is that when you forget to brush your teeth, your chompers won’t rot out of your head.

It seems like this is not even possible, but it turns out that “tooth decay and cavities are actually caused by a bacteria in food called Streptococcus mutans that attaches to the surface of your teeth and then slowly releases an acid that dissolves away the enamel,” Gizmodo explains.

“And just like Bizarro has Superman to balance his evil exploits, it turns out there’s another type of bacteria called Lactobacillus paracasei that has a sugar on its surface that binds to the Streptococcus mutans, preventing it from attaching itself to teeth,” the publication adds.

Thus, by creating a candy with an unactive version of Lactobacillus paracasei the group of German scientists found the level of Streptococcus mutans inside the mouths of test subjects to be greatly reduced, minimizing the risk of appearing cavities.

However, the novelty doesn’t mean that everybody should abandon dental hygiene altogether, it simply means you may see your dentist a little less.

By the way, earlier this year a group of Dutch scientists found out that sugar is extremely addictive and dangerous.

Paul van der Velpen who heads Amsterdam’s health service in the country where the sale of cannabis was legalised a few years ago, insisted that sugar must be also be strictly regulated.

“Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers,” the specialist claims on an official public health website.

“This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere.”

The researcher cites the results of the study that showed sugar, unlike caloric food or other products, may have negative impact on the body’s appetite creating an insatiable desire to keep on eating, an effect he accuses the food industry of using to increase consumption of their products.

“Sugar upsets that mechanism. Whoever uses sugar wants more and more, even when they are no longer hungry. Give someone eggs and he’ll stop eating at any given time. Give him cookies and he eats on even though his stomach is painful,” he argued.

“Sugar is actually a form of addiction. It’s just as hard to get rid of the urge for sweet foods as of smoking. Thereby diets only work temporarily. Addiction therapy is better,” the expert concluded.

“[Our findings] set a new standard for caution even at low doses of added sugar,” senior author and biologist Wayne K. Potts said at the time.

About 80 percent of substances that are toxic in mice are toxic for human’s body as well, said the expert, so it is likely that the effects of extra sugar could be similar in humans.

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