Chew On This: Gum May Prevent Ear Infections in Children

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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Xylitol, a natural sweetener used in sugar free gums and mints may prevent ear infections in healthy children.  Six of every 10 kids have ear infections in their first year of life.  The prevalence is not in question to those of with kids, but a way to prevent them would definitely be desirable.  Xylitol is used in chewing gum to prevent cavities and has been shown to have antibacterial properties.  Whether it is the xylitol inhibiting bacteria or the chewing action of the gum, it is an easy way to help ease our ear aches.

Source: Today's Dietitian

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