With Halloween approaching, we’re tempted by delicious, sugary, cavity-causing candy. Wouldn’t it be nice if candy were good for our teeth? While its nutrition is limited, sugar-coated candy (like M&Ms, Smarties and Sixlets) are favorites all year round. Without straying too far from the original, ingredient manufacturer Beneo has a healthier version in mind. With its Palainose, a tooth-friendly disaccharide derived from sugar beets), Beneo sees a place on store shelves for an alternative candy-coated chocolate. “With Palatinose, tooth-friendly chocolate cores and colored coatings are feasible without any undesired side effects,” says Dr. Christian Niederauer, market research manager for Beneo.
Beneo’s Palatinose releases full carbohydrate energy over a long period of time, with little effect on blood glucose levels and is actually the only fully digestible disaccharide that is “tooth-friendly,” since the functional sugar allows for chocolate and coatings without any side effects such as tooth decay.
Although we welcome the idea of smile-saving sweets, a taste test will ultimately determine our feelings, in the event that these chocolates do become a reality. We’ll certainly give them a try. Will you?
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