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By: Dr. Jacques Doueck

There is a wonderful Jewish tradition to give children candy when they study Torah so they will associate the sweetness of candy with the sweetness of Jewish learning. Similarly, most synagogues have a Candyman, whose mission is to ensure that every Jewish child has a sweet and warm feeling about the synagogue and look forward to coming back for more. When the young child in Chederis introduced to Torah learning, the letters are smeared with honey to convey the message that Torah is sweet.

Dentists are often told, “You must be sponsoring the candies – it’s good for business!” The truth is, however, that I cringe as I watch kids in the synagogue bathing their teeth in sugar, because I know how much damage it causes. It is common knowledge that sugary candiescan create cavities, root canal and early tooth loss. I realize that awareness of the damage caused by candies in the synagogue and school is not going to change this time-honored tradition. And when I suggest that sugar-free candies be substituted for the high sucrose, high fructose variety, I am given many excuses why it won’t work.  The mothers tell me that they are concerned that artificial sweeteners give their kids a tummy ache, and the rebbis and Candymen tell me that sugar-free candies don’t taste as good as the “real thing.” 

I therefore set out to find a kosher solution that tastes good, doesn’t give kids tummy aches, and is actually good for their teeth. My research brought me to Dr. John’s™ lollypops (CRC kosher certified), which contain xylitol, a natural sweetener that actually fights tooth decay. Xylitol, which originates from birch trees, is a natural alternative to sugar. It offers numerous medical and nutritional benefits, and is especially beneficial for your teeth and waistline. Your body naturally produces 15-20 grams of xylitol every day. Besides helping your teeth, xylitol can help clear nasal passages and promote upper respiratory health. As for taste, these delicious lollipops come in fun flavors like Blue Raspberry Blast, Butterscotch Bliss, Cheeky Cherry, Creamsicle Swirl, Fruit Punch, Mighty Mango, Orange, Lemon Lime, Red Raspberry, Peaches and Cream, Strawberries and Cream, and much more. They are all are kosher, gluten free and dairy free, while delivering a beneficial dose of cavity-fighting xylitol. Who could ask for a better treat? Visitwww.DrJohns.comto see the full selection of tasty treats, or call Dr. John’s at 888.375.6462.