Scientists at German biotech lab Organo Balance claim to have developed a candy that kills cavity-causing bacteria.
Cavities (holes in teeth) are the result of bacteria that break down tooth enamel. To counteract this, the Berlin-based researchers developed a sugar-free candy that contained dead samples of lactobacillus paracase – a 'friendly' type of probiotic bacteria that has previously been found to reduce mutans streptococci (the bacteria that causes cavities) in test rats, by binding to the cavity-causing bacteria and killing it.
The scientists tested the candy on a group of volunteers and found that they had significantly lower levels of the bacteria inside their mouths.
If developed commercially, the invention is likely to appeal to parents looking for beneficial treats for their children. For more on the development of health-focused food products for children, as well as insight into the booming functional food market, see Next-Gen Functional Food, published as part of our Future of Food Industry Trend.
Meanwhile, Breaking the Mould charts innovation in the chocolate industry, with a particular focus on the growing functional chocolate market.