Got a sweet tooth? Protect it with Xlear Sparx, featuring Xylitol!
We’ve never been a fluoride family, and our search for a fluoride-free toothpaste led us to Xylitol, a naturally-occurring plant-based sweetener that actually protects your teeth. At first, I thought Xylitol (with it’s scientific sounding name) was just another artificial sweetener and I stayed away. But, after seeing it featured at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore this year, I was more convinced that this stuff is legit. With a little more research, I found that it really is natural and dentist-approved, and it really does protect your tooth enamel! Xylitol is used in lots of dental health products as well as raw crystals that can be used as a sugar substitute in cooking, baking and beverages.
But our favorite product that features Xylitol is a new candy called Sparx, from Xlear.
I held off on introducing my son to any kind of candy for a really long time, but shortly before his 3rd birthday, he discovered Tic-Tacs. It has not been a pretty scene. He absolutely loves them, and they cause a freak out like nothing else. I’ve found that the Strawberry Fields variety are colored with beet juice, but overall Tic-Tacs contain a lot of ingredients I don’t want him to have. Luckily, Xlear Sparx completely solved that problem for us! They contain no artificial colors or flavors, and they are sweetened entirely with Xylitol. We still practice moderation, since that is such an important lesson to learn, but a few of these as a treat and he’s perfectly happy.
I’ll be including a tube or two of Sparx in my son’s stocking this year, and I’m really hoping a few make it into mine, too! Since Xylitol doesn’t interfere with the body’s blood sugar levels or insulin production, it’s great for me as a gestational diabetic, too! They’re the perfect way to take the edge off (and protect!) my sweet tooth, too.
Xlear Sparx candy is available in Berry, Citrus and Fruit varieties. (We love the citrus!) The retail price for one tube is $1.49. My only complaint is that I wish they were easier to find in local stores, but I’m hoping once word gets out, they will be!
Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and all opinions are based on my own experience with the product.