Halloween is a much anticipated night for just about every candy loving youth. But as children dream of Skittles, Snickers and Starbursts; parents worry about the negative effects of all that candy on their children’s health, especially their teeth. Some families opt to hand out pretzels or raisins in lieu of candy, but let’s face it, that stuff just sits in the bottom of the pumpkin until Christmas – uneaten.
This year, why not give kids something sweet to put in their mouths that will actually improve their oral health? SparX tiny bite-size fruit-flavored candies are a new sugar-free candy line sweetened exclusively with all-natural xylitol. Xylitol is an all-natural sweetener derived from corn cobs, birch trees and other natural sources, and is similar to sugar in taste and texture, but with unique health benefits not found in other sweeteners. Xylitol contains 40 percent fewer calories than sugar, has a net carb level of only 0.4 per gram, and has minimal impact on blood-sugar levels, making it an appropriate sugar substitute for diabetics. Xylitol is absorbed slowly by the body, resulting in a low glycemic index of seven compared to sugars index of 83 (or higher).
SparX Candy made by Xlear, Inc. (pronounced “clear,” the leading manufacturer of xylitol based products in the United States, www.xlear.com) is just what health conscious parents have been craving — a sweet, healthy treat that does not taste like a diet snack. With children consuming more sugar than ever before, there has been an alarming increase in a variety of related ailments; from tooth decay to obesity and diabetes. With this in mind, Xlear has developed a candy line that parents and health professionals will actually want children to eat.
I worry about how much sugar my family eats and so I was happy to hear about these SparX candies! They come in 3 varieties – berry, citrus and fruit. My favorite was berry but Jamie and Noah liked the fruit the best. The candies are delicious and have a lot of flavor. They don’t leave any aftertaste at all which I was worried about before we tried them. It’s nice to have healthier options for Halloween trick or treating!
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I received a sample to facilitate this post. All opinions remain my own.
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