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Green light for XIVIA Xylitol dental health claims

By Dental Tribune International
April 26, 2019

CHEONGJU, South Korea: South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has issued a re-approval of the health claim that consumers from 3 to 80 years old of the sweetener XIVIA Xylitol have a reduced risk of dental caries. The manufacturer, DuPont Nutrition & Health, is the first company in the country to receive such re-approval.

In the re-evaluation of the sweetener, the ministry reviewed 146 research reports, including 94 clinical trials, and concluded that XIVIA Xylitol helps reduce the risk of caries at an effective daily dosage adjusted from 10–25 g down to 5–10 g, a similar amount to that of international dental association standards.

In South Korea, functional ingredients that have received a health claim approval undergo a mandatory re-evaluation every ten years. With the latest re-approval, DuPont Nutrition & Health continues to work with manufacturers to create sugar-free products with oral health in mind.

XIVIA Xylitol is claimed to deliver sweetness at 50 per cent of the calorie level of sugar. In addition, it is preferred for its relatively low glycaemic index, which makes it suitable for diabetic and health-conscious consumers. In addition to replacing sugar in chewing gum and other confectionery applications, xylitol is commonly incorporated into oral hygiene products, including toothpaste, mouthwash and teething gels.

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