Other types of xylitol products.

- Besides gum, there are lots of other kinds of consumables that can be used as a xylitol source. These include mints, candies, lollipops and even chocolates. Our tables list products and brands that we've identified as having a reasonably high xylitol content.

 

Advantages.

Like gum, these types of items offer some advantages as a delivery system.


Unlike toothpaste or a rinse, they (and thus the xylitol they release) remain in your mouth over a fairly extended period of time as you enjoy them. And, in general, just having any type of food item in your mouth creates additional anti-cavity benefits.

How to choose a quality product.

Pretty much everything we've stated about how to pick out a quality chewing gum applies to the types of products listed on this page. To recap:

Xylitol candies.

Xylitol candy.

Note: Some products may only offer 1/2 gram of xylitol per piece.

1) Look for documented xylitol content.

Look for products whose packaging states that they contain a significant amount of xylitol, possibly in the range of .5 to 1 gram per piece.

You'll find a lot of confusion in regard to "serving sizes" with these types of products. Unlike pieces of gum which tend to come in relatively standardized servings, mints, candies and the like come in all sorts of bits and pieces. Each individual one may contain a surprising low amount of xylitol. Pay attention to how many pieces will be needed to create a 1 gram exposure.

2) Evaluate the ingredient list.

If you can't find proper documentation on a product's packaging, at least look for one that lists xylitol as its primary ingredient. (Or, if you can, hold out for finding a product that's made by a company that actually respects it's customers enough to provide proper labeling.)

What kinds of products are available?

Here's a listing of some of the different types of higher-content, xylitol-sweetened items we've seen. This list is not meant to be all inclusive. (If you know of any products whose packaging states a content of .5 to 1 gram of xylitol per piece, please leave a comment below.)

Candies Xylitol Content
(grams per piece)
Zellies Junior Bears 1.4
Dr. John's Soft Candy 1
Snowflakes Candy 1
Dr. John's Hard Candy .5
Xyla Hard Candy .5
Zapp Xyla Candy .5
Mints Xylitol Content
(grams per piece)
Snowflakes Peppermints 1
Dr. Heff's Remarkable Mints .7
BioGenesis Xylitol Mints .55
OraCoat XyiMelts (mint flavored) .55
Epic mints .5
Zapp Xyla Mints .5
Dr. John's Peppermints .5
Zellies Mints .5
Xlear Spry Mints .5
Lozenges Xylitol Content
OraCoat XyiMelts .55
Suckers Xylitol Content
Dr. John's Lollipops 1
CariFree CTx1 Lollies 1
Zapp Xyla Lollipops .5
Ballpop Lollipops .5
Chocolates Xylitol Content
Dr. John's Chocolate 5
Zapp Xyla Chocolate 3
Xyla Chocolate 3

While the idea of syrups and jams may seem silly at first, they can provide a safe way to administer xylitol dosings to very young children.

Syrups and Jams Xylitol Content
(grams per tablespoon)
Nature's Hollow Jam 5
Xyla Jam 5
Nature's Hollow Honey 5
Nature's Hollow Syrup 4.5
Xlear Spry Preserves 3


 
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Input from site visitors.

XXXXXXX made by XXXXXX

The ADHA site for dental professionals offers samples of XXXXX to their members to hand out to patients, and says each mint contains nearly 1 gram of Xylitol. The nice thing is that these are readily available in the regular mints section of any chain drugstore.

jvm

Thanks for taking the time to post. We really do appreciated it.

We've X'ed out the name of the product you've mentioned because we feel we cannot add it to our list above.

This website is about the use of xylitol in preventing cavities. A giant component of achieving that has to do with monitoring your daily dosing of it.

We found images of the product you mentioned (front and back) on CVS.com (thank you CVS).

While we thoroughly believe that the mints are formulated with xylitol as you describe, nowhere on the packaging of this product is the word xylitol mentioned.

We do see the phrase sugar alcohols less than 1g, which correlates with your statement. But we hardly see how this information helps the average consumer understand the xylitol exposure they are getting.

We will also state that the page on the company's website that describes this product does not state precisely what it's xylitol content is. And also a second sugar alcohol is listed as an ingredient. (Which opens up the question, what portion of the less than 1g of sugar alcohols is actually xylitol?)

We'd love to be wrong and have another product to add to our table. But without evidence to the contrary, we simply feel we cannot add this one because they are not forthright about the xylitol level provided.

Much appreciated

Thanks for doing such thorough and fast research!

Dr. Heffernan

We're hoping you'll show us where we are wrong about the product you mention but ...

While we're 100% sure your 3.15g in 5 mints statement is accurate, we couldn't find this number reported on the product's website. Nor could we ascertain this information from the images of the product's packaging we found online.

We're not saying that this information isn't there but instead that since we couldn't find it easily that we need to be shown that it is available from these sources before we will include it in the lists of products found on our pages. So if you could point that out to us it would be appreciated.

We feel strongly that products must report their xylitol content level. Without this information a person can't accurately gauge their needed daily exposure. We don't feel that we can support companies that don't understand this point.

Dr Heffernan

Thanks for taking the time to look at this and I'm delighted to read how passionate you are about xylitol, hence our research with Dental School at Uni of Illinois and further in-vivo studies with University of Zurich to gain Toothfriendly International accreditation.
Is there anyway of sending you a PDF of our packaging - or even a sample pack for you to try out?
Please do let me know.
Kind regards,
Mike

Mike

Your word that the level of xylitol content is stated on the packaging is good enough for us. We've added your product to the list above. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Dr Heff's REMARKABLE MINTS

Thanks for your earlier response.
Can I also now re-direct you back to our website: drheffs.com
If you look at the ingredients page under xylitol it now lists the content of our mints as outlined in our previous message.
If you need any additional information please do let me know.
Kind regards,
Mike

That's great. We think it's a

That's great. We think it's a must that that information is easy for a consumer to find.

ACT Dry Mouth Lozenges

I was wondering where xxxxxx Dry Mouth Lozenges fit on your chart. They do have a serving size chart on the box and it is listed as "drug facts" on their product page, but it isn't as straightforward as I would've liked.

You're right Ashley,

You state "but it isn't as straightforward as I would've liked". We would use the term deceptive (and for that reason have x'ed out its name above because we don't want it referenced on our site).

The product's packaging states 2g of carbohydrates per serving, but xylitol is not the only carbohydrate that the product contains. The first listed ingredient (isomalt) is a carbohydrate too, and evidently contained in a greater amount than xylitol. We find that product insulting to consumers.

Snowflakes Candy Mints

I just purchased a tin of Snowflakes Candy Mints that has 1 gram of xylitol every 1-2 mints as per the nutrition facts on the back.

Thanks Ashley.

We've added the Snowflakes brand to our tables above.


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