Kids who thrive on
bubble guru may
well be keeping the
published by Matti
Uhari and his team
University of Oulu
in Finland shows
that a sweetener
commonly used in
bubble gum, chewing
gwn and some foods may prevent ear infections.
The plant sugar xylitol is known to inhibit the growth of bacteria. In this study, 857 healthy children were given 10 gram doses of xylitol in a sweet syrup, chewing gum and hard sweets while the kids in the control group received xylitol-free sweets.
After three months, as many as 41 per cent of the children who did not undergo the bubble gum therapy had car infection as compared to just 29 per cent in xylitol group (Pediatrics, Vol 102,No 4).
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